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Isles must work harder to lure visitors from China, says airline CEO

By Dave Segal

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Apr 25, 2014

~~<p>Hawaiian Airlines CEO Mark Dunkerley called China the &quot;economic salvation&quot; for Hawaii tourism but said the state is ill-equipped to handle the expected surge of tourists who are likely to come in future years.</p>
<p>Dunkerley, the keynote speaker Thursday at the Retail Merchants of Hawaii annual meeting at Hilton Hawaiian Village, also called the airline's short-lived Taipei route &quot;a costly mistake&quot; and said Hawaii needs to be promoted first as a destination before trying to sell tickets to prospective passengers.</p>
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Hawaiian Airlines CEO Mark Dunkerley called China the "economic salvation" for Hawaii tourism but said the state is ill-equipped to handle the expected surge of tourists who are likely to come in future years.

Dunkerley, the keynote speaker Thursday at the Retail Merchants of Hawaii annual meeting at Hilton Hawaiian Village, also called the airline's short-lived Taipei route "a costly mistake" and said Hawaii needs to be promoted first as a destination before trying to sell tickets to prospective passengers. Login for more...



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