Hawaii Expected to Reopen in July
Tourism is a main source of income for the state of Hawaii. Close to 10 million visitors fly to the Hawaiian Islands annually with expenditures of over $16 billion. It makes up 23% of the state’s economy, and it has been heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Most of Hawaii’s 242,000 unemployed workers are also tied to the tourism industry.
Hawaii has seen some encouraging numbers is recent days and officials are optimistic it could safely open up to tourists soon. Wednesday was the third consecutive day with no new coronavirus cases statewide. Lt. Gov. Josh Green says he hopes to reopen the state’s tourism industry by July.
“By having people tested beforehand, it reduces the risk very greatly on all those good people that are going to be taking care of the tourists,”” Green told Hawaii News Now. Green says the state will likely require a negative COVID-19 test from any passenger before arriving in Hawaii. He says travelers from Japan, New Zealand and Australia should be allowed first.
Economic Impact Is Grim
The near future still looks grim for Hawaii Tourism. Total number of visitors this year is expected to top out at 3.5 million, a sharp decrease from recent years. Additionally, only about 35% of unemployed travel industry workers will likely return to their jobs this year.
When Will Hawaii Re-Open?
While the news out of Hawaii isn’t all rosy, things are moving in the right direction for a reopening of Hawaii in July. That news is great for the many tourists waiting to visit the Hawaiian Islands and especially for the locals who rely on the tourism industry for work.
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