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Developing a Dream DestinationTourism and Tourism Policy Planning in Hawaii$
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James Mak

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824832438

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824832438.001.0001

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Genesis of State Policy on Tourism

Genesis of State Policy on Tourism

(p.46) Chapter Three Genesis of State Policy on Tourism
Developing a Dream Destination

James Mak

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter recounts the history of the development of the State government’s policies on tourism. Tourism has always been viewed in Hawaii as a private business and is allowed to operate largely by the rules of a market economy. Having adopted a laissez-faire approach, the State government has tended to shun direct involvement in the development of tourism, unlike governments in many other destinations around the world. However, the chapter shows some key areas in which the State government has intervened in the post-World War II tourism industry, as well as the growing pressure on the State government to guide future tourism development in Hawaii in a sustainable way. At present, Hawaii is unique among the U.S. states in having a comprehensive State Plan for tourism.

Keywords:   tourism policy, Hawaiian tourism, government regulation, Hawaiian government, tourism development

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