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Weigh impact of new 'condotels'


POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Mar 14, 2014

~~<p>Honolulu &mdash; the entire state, in fact &mdash; is witnessing some radical shifts in the largest engine powering its economy, tourism. In addition to the global trends turning the visitor industry toward new markets in Asia, there's the basic movement away from full-service hotels and toward &quot;condotels&quot; or other variations that are more residential than tourist accommodations.</p>
<p>As a result of various hotel conversions to a mix of guest rooms and condominium units, the number of good jobs tourism generates is being slashed, a cause for real anxiety among the working people who depend on that employment.</p>
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Honolulu — the entire state, in fact — is witnessing some radical shifts in the largest engine powering its economy, tourism. In addition to the global trends turning the visitor industry toward new markets in Asia, there's the basic movement away from full-service hotels and toward "condotels" or other variations that are more residential than tourist accommodations.

As a result of various hotel conversions to a mix of guest rooms and condominium units, the number of good jobs tourism generates is being slashed, a cause for real anxiety among the working people who depend on that employment. Login for more...



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