Hawaii tourism board says its in a state of emergency
Hawaii tourism boards says it’s in a “state of emergency” following the recent coronavirus outbreak.
Hawaii Tourism Board President Tom Tait said the board is in the process of deciding what to do with its existing contracts, but said the state has no authority to suspend or suspend operations.
Tait said a new contract will be awarded to the Hawaii Travel Association and Hawaiian Airlines.
“This is not an emergency.
We have no authority,” Tait told reporters Wednesday at a news conference.
The Hawaii Tourism Board has been unable to negotiate a new agreement because of the virus outbreak, and the board will hold a press conference Friday morning to discuss the situation.
“The board is now in a situation where we have no option but to implement a new and different contract,” Tana said.
“We are going to implement that contract in a new manner that will allow us to provide a better service and continue to have a more stable and secure environment.”
Hawaii has more than 30,000 employees in the tourism industry, and some of them are contracted out.
The state has had a large tourism industry in the Pacific for decades, but there were major challenges after the 2003 pandemic.
Hawaiians have been asked to take extra precautions in the wake of the coronaviruses.