Hawaiian Airlines today announced plans to launch non-stop service between Honolulu and Beijing, China in April 2014, pending approvals by US and Chinese regulatory agencies.
“I want to congratulate Hawaiian Airlines for its continued expansion into the Pacific Rim,” Gov. Neil Abercrombie said in a media release. “Both China’s and Hawaii’s economies will be the direct beneficiaries.”
The Hawai’i Tourism Authority estimates the new service will generate $81 million in annual visitor expenditures and $8.47 million in tax revenue for Hawai’i.
“This new non-stop service will help to significantly grow visitor arrivals and expenditures from our highest spending visitor market,” said Mike McCartney, president and chief executive officer of the Hawaii Tourism Authority.
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Hawaii Tourism Authority is targeting double-digit increases in arrivals (+25% to 144,910 visitors) and expenditures (+27% to $348 million).
Article first published on www.MauiNow.com on April 10, 2013, written by Sonia Isotov