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Bill to increase lodging tax could stifle Hawaii’s visitor industry, some say

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                                A bill that allows counties to raise their own TAT up to 3 percentage points for up to 10 years would increase the cost of a Hawaii vacation. Above, beachgoers packed Waikiki Beach on Friday.
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CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

A bill that allows counties to raise their own TAT up to 3 percentage points for up to 10 years would increase the cost of a Hawaii vacation. Above, beachgoers packed Waikiki Beach on Friday.

CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Keith Vieira, principal of KV & Associates, Hospitality Consulting, said the proposed increase means that visitors would pay more than 18% in GET and TAT taxes per night on their hotel rooms and resort fees. Above, the view last week from a room at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort in Waikiki.
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CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM

Keith Vieira, principal of KV & Associates, Hospitality Consulting, said the proposed increase means that visitors would pay more than 18% in GET and TAT taxes per night on their hotel rooms and resort fees. Above, the view last week from a room at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort in Waikiki.

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CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                A bill that allows counties to raise their own TAT up to 3 percentage points for up to 10 years would increase the cost of a Hawaii vacation. Above, beachgoers packed Waikiki Beach on Friday.
CINDY ELLEN RUSSELL / CRUSSELL@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Keith Vieira, principal of KV & Associates, Hospitality Consulting, said the proposed increase means that visitors would pay more than 18% in GET and TAT taxes per night on their hotel rooms and resort fees. Above, the view last week from a room at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort in Waikiki.