As Hawaii tourism rebounds, a new fee may soon hit visitor (SFGate)

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    As Hawaii tourism rebounds, a new fee may soon hit visitors – By Olivia Harden (SFGate) / Jan 22, 2024

    As travel to Hawaii shows signs of rebounding, legislators are once again considering adopting a fee to charge tourists for visiting the islands.

    Hawaii senators recently revived Senate Bill 304, which is designed to support the maintenance of Hawaii’s natural and cultural resources through a so-called “green fee.” If passed, visitors — which the bill defines as “a person in Hawaii who is not a resident of Hawaii” — would be charged a $50 impact fee used to offset the impact created by tourism.

    The fund would also mitigate the impacts of climate change, by addressing “coastal erosion, sea level rise, damage to reefs, ocean acidification, coral bleaching, damage to land resources, and other impacts.”

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