Hawaii has become the latest destination to jump on the honeymoon honeymoon bandwagon.
The Hawaii Travel Industry Association (HTIA) announced today that Hawaii is the first state to offer a honeymoon calendar that’s both easy to navigate and highly recommended by experts.
The calendar is the culmination of more than a decade of research by HTIA and the Hawaii Tourism Research Institute (HTRI), a nonprofit research organization dedicated to developing new tourism marketing campaigns.
The list of honeymoon destinations is a mix of the more common options, including Hawaii’s popular tourist attractions, but also includes some of the state’s most popular vacation destinations.
Hawaii’s tourism industry has seen a resurgence in recent years, and its population is expected to surpass 10 million by 2020.
But it’s still a far cry from the 2.5 million-plus tourists who visited Hawaii in the past decade.
Hawaii has been hit hard by a string of high-profile tourism disasters that included the devastating 2010 tsunami and devastating wildfires in the state.
With more than $1.4 billion in lost revenue and $2 billion in damage, the tourism industry’s bottom line is in shambles.
Now, with the help of the HTIA, HTRI, and the HI Tourism Board, HTIA is hoping to reverse the trend.
Hawaii officials have launched a statewide honeymoon initiative to help attract more tourists and help revitalize the state, and they’re also planning to hire a marketing consultant to develop marketing campaigns to promote tourism in the tourism-dependent state.
HTIA president Joe Kallanis said the agency has developed a honeypot calendar, a comprehensive checklist of all Hawaii’s favorite honeymoon spots, and is using its expertise in marketing to build a solid base for a future tourism boom.
“We’ve developed this honeymoon guide as a way to ensure that our visitors and our businesses are well prepared to get to Hawaii and to ensure we are able to attract new visitors and stay active in the economy,” he said.
The honeymoon is a great opportunity to promote the tourism of Hawaii. “
The honeymoon program is the foundation for our tourism program.
The honeymoon is a great opportunity to promote the tourism of Hawaii.
We’ve got a plan to attract a lot of people and stay on the tourism trail.”
The honeypot is the starting point for the honeypot tour, where the HTRI and HTIA will travel around the state to help guide visitors to some of Hawaii’s most desirable destinations.
The tours will begin on Maui, and will culminate in a stop at Tahiti, where they’ll take in the breathtaking sights of the island.
Kallamis said Hawaii has a unique situation with its tourism industry because the state is dependent on tourism dollars for much of its economy.
Tourism is a huge part of the economy, he said, and tourism can be a way for people to connect to the island and stay connected to Hawaii.
The state is currently the fourth-most popular destination in the world for people visiting Hawaii.
According to the Hawaii Travel Association, Hawaii has the fifth-highest tourism activity in the U.S., second only to New York and California.
Hawaii ranks eighth in the nation for tourism dollars spent per person, second only for the Dominican Republic, and fourth for people spending the most on their vacation.
Hawaii is also second in the number of foreign visitors, and has the seventh-highest foreign direct investment in the United States.
“When you look at tourism as an industry, it’s a big part of our economy,” Kallaniis said.
Hawaiian tourism is booming and growing, with more than 3,000 new jobs created annually, according to the Honolulu office of the Tourism Corporation of Hawaii, which manages the state economy.
“As tourism grows, so does the demand for jobs, and our economy can’t support that growth, and that’s a very real challenge,” Kalsen said.
Hawaii plans to offer an additional $2 million in funding to help with tourism marketing in the coming months.
For now, HTI is looking to use the honey pot calendar to lure tourists to Hawaii in a big way.
“If you can get some of your best friends back to Hawaii, and you have a lot going on at home, you’re going to have a pretty good time,” Kalli said.