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More Hawaii visitors expected as state’s Safe Travels program comes to a close

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                The University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization is projecting that visitor arrivals, after a weak start to the year, will surpass last summer’s peak by the second quarter. Above, Waikiki Beach was bustling Sunday.

    CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    The University of Hawaii Economic Research Organization is projecting that visitor arrivals, after a weak start to the year, will surpass last summer’s peak by the second quarter. Above, Waikiki Beach was bustling Sunday.

  • CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                Beginning March 26, travelers arriving from the mainland will not need to create a Safe Travels account, show their COVID-19 vaccination status or take a pre-travel test when traveling to Hawaii. Above, a catamaran was seen Sunday off Waikiki Beach.

    CRAIG T. KOJIMA / CKOJIMA@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Beginning March 26, travelers arriving from the mainland will not need to create a Safe Travels account, show their COVID-19 vaccination status or take a pre-travel test when traveling to Hawaii. Above, a catamaran was seen Sunday off Waikiki Beach.

The ending of Hawaii’s Safe Travels program for dom­estic travelers later this month is expected to create more opportunities for Hawaii to recover visitor arrivals, which at year’s end were still down nearly 35% from pre-pandemic 2019. Read more

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