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Published on Friday, March 17, 2017

HTA: No negative impact on 'Boycott Hawaii' campaign

Hawaii tourism leaders say they are unworried over the trending #BoycottHawaii hashtag.
Following the Aloha State's leading role in getting the travel ban blocked for the second time, Trump supporters responded with the viral hashtag.
"People have a right to express their opinion. We don't think people that are at all thoughtful and like to come to Hawaii for the things that we offer will be affected in the slightest," Hawaii Tourism Association chairman Rick Fried told KHON2.
"I think it will have no effect. I think the fact that we took the right position, in my view, if anything will keep getting brought up more and more, and I think it could in the long run affect us positively."
While many on Twiter have jumped on the bandwagon calling for a boycott, arguably even more are drolly pointing out that a Hawaii free of Trump supporters is a major selling point.
George Szigeti, chief executive of the Hawaii Tourism Authority said the agency supports the stand taken by the Hawaii attorney general.
"We stand by him shoulder to shoulder. It's the right thing to do for Hawaii."
"I have not heard of anyone pulling out. In fact, I've heard more people wanting to come here," Szigeti said.

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  • Politics aside please ...

    (no matter WHO one voted for). The TEMPORARY ban has ALWAYS been in place during the last 4+ POTUS admins. So WHY is it NOW being protested when it's a copycat of Obama's? Is it because Obama did his without fanfare and media attention? Or is it because the current POTUS unwisely used the term "Muslim" in conjunction with the word "ban" thus sparking outrage? Had Obama used that term to describe HIS ban would it have been perceived as inflammatory especially given the fact he was schooled and brought up in the Muslim ideology as a boy? Oh BTW, the MSM on TV stated late this past week that upon investigation into tourism numbers from other countries, Hawaii has not had ANYONE from those 6 temporarily banned countries enter the U.S. recently via Hawaii. Hmmmm? Why is the security of our country and citizens not of the utmost importance to those who are AGAINST this temporary ban? Why not get our vetting process in efficient order?

    By LeAnne Rigsby, Sunday, March 19, 2017

  • Washington DC Boycott?

    While the Hawaii "tourism boycott" is doomed to fail, perhaps a similar one against DC, headquarters of the Donald, could work on. The nation's capital does rely heavily on the tourism dollar and while this would be bad for DC residents, the occupier of the White House probably wouldn't care a wit.

    By Jay Levy, Friday, March 17, 2017

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