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Hawaii in a ‘tipping point’ of overtourism, travel experts claim

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The paradise may soon have no vacancies, if a group of Hawaiian travel experts are to be believed.

In an article published by the University of Hawaii (UH), researchers claim that tourism in Hawaii has hit a “tipping point” of overtourism as an increasing number of annual visitors are reportedly on the verge of overwhelming the island state’s resources, damaging the quality of life for the residents and a negative impact on the general economic vitality.

The experts claim that the problem will continue to escalate with potentially dangerous consequences, unless tourism management officials to intervene to initiate change.

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Researchers claim that Hawaii hit of a so-called “tipping point” of overtourism, such as the increasing number of annual visitors are reportedly on the verge of overwhelming the island is the sources.
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“We’re not in a crisis point. We are at a tipping point. We have had so many visitors, we must be serious about the creating of management programs,” Frank Haas, the author of the paper, told WFAA. The former Hawaii Tourism Authority exec, and UH Assistant Dean wrote the report, with James Mak, UH emeritus professor of economics, and Paul Brewbaker, a veteran economist for the Bank of Hawaii.

“We’re not in a crisis point. We are at a tipping point. We have had so many visitors, we must be serious about the creating of management programs,” Frank Haas, the author of the paper, told WFAA.
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“Despite a series of record visitor arrivals now in for a total of almost ten million per year, Hawai’i tourism shows signs of problems,” the paper begins. “Inflation-adjusted expenditure per visitor rose to go down. Declining economic contribution, undermines resident sentiment, and increasing congestion and stress on sights and attractions prove that the current governance model is insufficient for an effective management of the increasingly complex problems of Hawai’i tourism.”

The researchers note that the inviting island has long been a dream destination for the millions, with tourism to serve as an “important economic engine for the state’s economy,” but the Aloha State is currently at risk of being swamped by “overtourism” if there is nothing to change.

Noting that the inviting island has long been a dream destination for the millions, with tourism to serve as an “important economic engine for the state’s economy,” the Aloha State is currently at risk of being swamped by “overtourism” if there is nothing to change.
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“Hawai’i tourism is negatively affected by a rapid growth, a downturn in economic contributions, and the lack of a comprehensive tourism management plan,” the report claims.

As noted by the Honolulu Star-Advertiser, Hawaii welcomed a record-breaking 9.9 million tourists in 2018, which amounts to about 242,629 tourists visiting the islands on a certain day.

Even though visitor expenditure has risen to a whopping $17.8 billion last year, creating more than $2 billion in tax revenues, it remains to be seen how Southwest Airlines’ new plan to fly more than 4,000 people per day to Hawaii will affect overtourism, WFAA reports.

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