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Tax increase, calendar quirk dim Golden Week

Hawaii's visitor industry expects a drop of as much as 15 percent in bookings from Japan

By Allison Schaefers

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Apr 08, 2014

~~<p>Japanese visitors, who account for about 20 percent of the tourists in Hawaii, are staying closer to home for the traditional Golden Week holiday period, which Hawaii's travel industry counts on to bolster spring lows.</p>
<p>Higher taxes, a less far-reaching yen, the rising cost of a Hawaii vacation and calendar placement that makes it harder for travelers to capitalize on vacation time are among the reasons tourism officials expect Golden Week traffic to Hawaii to decline anywhere from 4 to 15 percent.</p>
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Japanese visitors, who account for about 20 percent of the tourists in Hawaii, are staying closer to home for the traditional Golden Week holiday period, which Hawaii's travel industry counts on to bolster spring lows.

Higher taxes, a less far-reaching yen, the rising cost of a Hawaii vacation and calendar placement that makes it harder for travelers to capitalize on vacation time are among the reasons tourism officials expect Golden Week traffic to Hawaii to decline anywhere from 4 to 15 percent. Login for more...



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