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Well fresh off one of the worst tourist seasons in five years Hawaii is turning to president Barack Obama for help.
The aloha state sent a letter to the administration saying that business travelers are -- The State's economy and what restrictions could be devastating to that they joining us now is the lieutenant governor -- James -- -- -- -- James thank you sir for being with us.
Well thank you very much their -- conference of what -- -- -- oil law it's another beautiful day and boy -- Hollow water.
Thank you very much let's get down to business there because you really -- have an issue happening in Hawaii.
Beautiful to understand but tourism accounts for 7%.
Your economy tourism is down.
There are some pretty great deals right now why what's going.
Just moniker just make a little adjustment on that actually 7% is a number of meeting an incentive trips that we have to -- -- we absolutely are open for business said and -- you know the -- that the purpose of the letter was really it was real straightforward it was a it was a united front by the governor myself and not.
All of -- four mayors and all of the industry leaders to.
To urge President Obama took to really probable and until polls any measures of policies that.
Would any way would unfairly restrict the businesses and organizations from using.
Meetings and incentive travel as a legitimate business tool and that that was the purpose of the matter.
Are you upset -- president Barack Obama because of the comments that he made in early march.
Because he was talking about bailout -- companies that take bailout money should not be spending on corporate travel.
It is that what you're upset about argue -- feel like he's attacking business travel.
As a whole.
-- as a whole I mean it is the perception that we have to deal with -- Hawaii.
But we we know that we we offer much much more than just saw the sun and -- -- as if you go to our web site that business solo dot com.
You'll see the testimonies in the the statements of various seals and and business people come to -- we'll tell you that Hawaii is really -- a place of innovation and crew being created because when.
People come to Hawaii and they have their meeting and incentive law.
Meetings here in Hawaii.
Believe hear much more relaxed they are here -- a much more relaxed me as such they create their.
They're much much more innovative in what they do so.
It was really to kind of quantify what we know we're suffering involved and they just -- -- You know President Obama because he had CEO he's.
He you know he stuck out Obama on this subject but did sit there urgent that the Pro Bowl this as a legitimate business tool.
All right look a lieutenant governor you've got whenever I go to your great state it's the -- so.
Americans and Japanese.
You have a lot of tourists from Japan as well which one are are urged Japan down -- we down both of his down.
Give his little feel for.
For the very.
Like a lot of blood tourist destinations were dominant in every aspect of our market.
But again as you mentioned at the top of the show.
We have some great deals -- -- away.
Like like everything else we're scrambling and and that's why we know we're gonna come out of this -- We just want to make sure that we -- we can do the best that we can with what we have been.
What we have is what you see in the background it's just -- -- and and of course like I say we've worked hard to position ourselves to be a great destination.
Golf for business meetings and we still.
We were still in that position and that's -- -- -- continue to do serve the White House is thinking of lifting travel restrictions on you know traveling to Cuba.
Are you worried about that affecting your tourism business.
Well we think we can compete with anybody.
Throughout the world and so while we're happy -- -- the White House is good to be promoting.
You know meeting and incentive travel as what I did stated -- legitimate business tool that's what we wanted to do they wanted to understand that Hawaii is a part of this set.
And I think that's why we wrote the -- we.
They don't allow President Obama being person from Hawaii I think he understands the importance of tourism to our state and what it means for Ross -- -- By quantifying the numbers showing him where we're at.
And short in the united front that we have we think we made an impression upon -- and I think we did because he has seen Scott.
Called on the other rhetoric in Washington -- so it so have the other -- Washington leaders.
They -- governor Linda Lingle had mentioned that that in particular they were saying a slew of cancellations.
And the first quarter of this year are you still saying that right now we're reservations being canceled.
An end conference is being canceled.
-- right now I I don't I can't I can't speak that -- but we did see some some odd numbers Beagle self ballwind.
When those comments were made a little earlier.
Big deal well -- -- any correlation from voting in lieutenant governor that you think there's anything as a specific core inflation between us comments from the president.
And the numbers falling for chart for -- business travel to Hawaii.
While we felt that the timing was such that it could have been a coronation -- having a scientific evidence on that what.
That's why like I say we came out united.
And die as you if you'll know if he saw that letter.
You'll have seen that the letter itself was really only two pages of page and a half but the the signature -- about seven pages.
Of like I said before -- myself the governor and at all of our industry leaders.
It looks like a beautiful morning.
And Hawaii with the idea that there if they make you very much we we can't syndicate any kind of warm weather in New York some of the others besides delay -- -- governor there always beautiful as we say there's no place like coli.
My beloved thank --
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