FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
BUSINESS AS USUAL IN HAWAII AS HURRICANES ISELLE, JULIO PASS ISLANDS WITH LIMITED IMPACT
Hurricanes Iselle and Julio have passed the Hawaiian Islands well to the south and north respectively without significantly impacting the Aloha State’s visitor industry. The National Weather Service forecasts show Julio continuing its northern track leaving little behind but high surf on east facing shores.
“Through the hard work and support of our government and industry partners, we were able to provide updates and keep Hawaii’s visitor industry informed for the duration of the storm,” said Mike McCartney, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority. “We are fortunate that Hawaii remains open for business and able to welcome visitors.”
As of today, no major damage has been reported to any major resort areas. However, residents and businesses in the rural area of Puna on Hawaii Island are still dealing with road closures, fallen trees, and power outages due to high winds and rain brought by Hurricane Iselle, which was downgraded to a Moderate Tropical Storm when it made landfall last Thursday on Hawaii Island. The islands of Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Oahu, and Kauai were largely unaffected.
All of the state’s airports are open and airlines have resumed all flight operations, however, it is advised that anyone traveling should contact their airline carriers directly to confirm their flights and make any changes to existing reservations prior to leaving for the airport. Most visitor activities and attractions have also resumed normal operations.
“Travelers scheduled to arrive in the Hawaiian Islands this week and beyond need not make any adjustments to their vacation plans,” said John Monahan, president and CEO of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau.
For information and to begin planning a vacation to the Hawaiian Islands, visit www.gohawaii.com.
The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau is contracted by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the state of Hawaii’s tourism agency, for marketing management services in North America. The HTA was established in 1998 to ensure a successful visitor industry well into the future. Its mission is to strategically manage Hawaii tourism in a sustainable manner consistent with the state of Hawaii’s economic goals, cultural values, preservation of natural resources, community desires, and visitor industry needs. For more information about the Hawaiian Islands, visit gohawaii.com.