Monday, April 28
(Honolulu, HI) -- The Hawaiian Airlines CEO is urging the state to do more to better prepare for the future influx of Chinese tourists. The "Honolulu Star-Advertiser" reports Mark Dunkerley spoke yesterday at the Retail Merchants of Hawaii annual meeting where he called China the "economic salvation" for Hawaii tourism. But he warned that the state is not equipped to handle the expected surge of tourists that will be coming to the islands in the next few years. Dunkerley called Hawaiian Airlines' short-lived Taipei" route "a costly mistake" because Hawaii needs to be promoted first as a destination before trying to sell tickets.