The Aloha State remains a perennially popular travel destination, particularly as the last of the COVID-19-related travel restrictions finally lifted in 2022. Tourism has returned to Hawaii, despite facing many of the same issues. supply chain and workforce. as hospitality operators in much of the rest of the country.
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, there was much discussion in the Hawaiian Islands about overtourism, with many tourism stakeholders agreeing that Hawaii is at, or at least very close to, the limits of growth for its tourism industry. . The Hawaii Tourism Authority and its local county partners are now actively seeking plans designed to focus on regenerative tourism, that is, tourism that is additive, rather than extractive, to local communities.
As Hawaii works through these plans, here are some guides to visit in 2023, with an eye toward doing so in a way that contributes to the local community. First, travelers should remember that they are visiting Hawaii as guests, in communities with a vibrant culture and a proud history stretching back thousands of years, in an environment that is beginning to quantify the adverse effects of visitor demands. and its main consideration. it should be how to minimize your footprint during your travels and hopefully leave Hawai’i better than you found it.
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