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Tourism vital economically but growth imperils appeal

By Cynthia Oi

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Mar 14, 2013

~~<p>If it isn&rsquo;t one thing, it&rsquo;s another. Or so it seems with Hawaii&rsquo;s indispensable tourism industry.</p>
<p>As record-breaking hotel room rates, revenue and visitor counts intoxicate corporate innkeepers, booking agencies and tour operators, there are lamentations about space squeezes, curbs and delays for new hotel construction and a fear that those conditions will leave the industry, its investors and the islands high and dry.</p>
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If it isn’t one thing, it’s another. Or so it seems with Hawaii’s indispensable tourism industry.

As record-breaking hotel room rates, revenue and visitor counts intoxicate corporate innkeepers, booking agencies and tour operators, there are lamentations about space squeezes, curbs and delays for new hotel construction and a fear that those conditions will leave the industry, its investors and the islands high and dry. Login for more...



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