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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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Lessons from Hawaii’s Experience

Lessons from Hawaii’s Experience

(p.225) Chapter Nine Lessons from Hawaii’s Experience
Developing a Dream Destination

James Mak

University of Hawai'i Press

This chapter highlights eight main lessons that can be learned from Hawaii’s experience in developing a premier destination since statehood. First, it argues that tight and pervasive government control is not always necessary to produce a dream destination. Second, the government can exacerbate or be a solution to tourism’s ills. Next, the chapter contends that taxing tourism need not harm tourism. Furthermore, admission fees are an excellent source of revenue to pay for the upkeep of popular natural attractions. In addition, responsibility to raise revenues should go hand in hand with the responsibility to spend. Also, incentives may not be necessary to induce tourism investment. The next lesson is that money spent on collecting basic tourism data is well spent. And finally, in developing tourism, the welfare of residents must be paramount.

Keywords:   Hawaii, tourist destination, government control, tourist taxes, tourist investment, tourism data, tourism development

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