HONOLULU (AP) — Kauai ended a tourism shutdown earlier this month by permitting interisland vacationers to return to the island, however the influence of the coronavirus on the financial system is having devastating penalties.
The top of Hawaii’s lodging and tourism affiliation mentioned if Kauai tourism doesn’t enhance quickly, many companies are anticipated to fall off a cliff and take staff, contractors and distributors with them, the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Monday.
Journey to Kauai plummeted after Mayor Derek Kawakami opted out of the state’s Secure Travels program Dec. 2, requiring all vacationers to the island to bear a compulsory 10-day quarantine with no possibility to check out.
The island modified course and permitted participation in Hawaii Secure Travels starting Jan. 5 and launched its personal trans-Pacific entry program.
Choices concerning testing and quarantine at resorts have been troublesome to elucidate and more durable to promote to potential guests, mentioned Mufi Hannemann, president of the Hawaii Lodging & Tourism Affiliation.
A December survey of Kauai companies by the Kauai Chamber of Commerce and the tourism affiliation’s Kauai chapter painted a bleak outlook for the island’s employment alternatives, well being care advantages and enterprise survival charges.