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Published on Thursday, September 2, 2021

HTA unveils plan to reduce Oahu tourism impact






The Hawaii Tourism Authority has publically released initial plans to scale back overtourism on Oahu. 


A plan approved earlier in the summer has been unveiled to reduce tourist numbers 'to a manageable level.'


There will be measure to 'control the number of visitor accommodations and exploring changes to land use, zoning and airport policies,' the plan says.


That could lead to a cap on accommodations and flights.


The plan also sets out the implementation of a regenerative tourism fee, and capacity controlled reservation systems for natural and cultural tourism sites.


The three-year plan also explores ways to manage visitors' use of cars.


"We appreciate the Oahu residents who participated in the process and passionately contributed their diverse viewpoints, discussed various tourism-related challenges in their neighborhoods and helped set forth an actionable plan," said John De Fries, the Hawaii Tourism Authority's president and CEO.


Oahu is the most visited island in the state.


 

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