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Passport to tourism growth

U.S. visa waivers for foreign visitors have buoyed Hawaii tourism — and revealed the need for more nonstop flights

By Lee Cataluna

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 10, 2013

~~<p>Visa waivers have been heralded as a strong element in huge increases in tourism to Hawaii from Asia &mdash; but is access to nonstop flights actually as important, if not more so, as availability of visas at sites around the globe?</p>
<p>&quot;For Hawaii, it's mainly access,&quot; says Daniel Nahoopii, research director of the Hawaii Tourism Authority.</p>
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Visa waivers have been heralded as a strong element in huge increases in tourism to Hawaii from Asia — but is access to nonstop flights actually as important, if not more so, as availability of visas at sites around the globe?

"For Hawaii, it's mainly access," says Daniel Nahoopii, research director of the Hawaii Tourism Authority. Login for more...



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