Hawaii: Return of tourists, stimulus money improve Aloha State’s pessimistic tax outlook

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Hawaii’s Council on Revenues on Thursday offered a less pessimistic outlook for state tax revenue for the current fiscal year given the way the tourism industry has recovered under the state’s COVID-19 testing program for travelers.

The council said it expects general fund tax revenue to decline 6.5% during the 12 months ending in June, less than the 11% drop it had projected in September.

Click here to read the story from usatoday.com.

Discussion Questions:

  1. What is tourism?
  2. How do you think Hawaii benefits from tourism?
  3. How has the pandemic impacted Hawaii’s economy from a tourism perspective?
  4. Why might the pandemic make it more challenging to attract tourists for destinations like Hawaii?
  5. According to this story, what is Hawaii’s tourism outlook for the new year?
  6. If you were a marketing professional working for Hawaii’s tourism department, what would you do to try to encourage more visitors? Be prepared to discuss your answers.
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After working for nearly a decade in professional sports, Chris Lindauer, formed Sports Career Consulting to provide unique sports business education opportunities in and out of the classroom. In the eighteen years (and counting) that followed, Chris has inspired thousands of students to pursue their passions and explore the career of their dreams. He currently lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife, two teenage daughters and their dog.