Year long plan to boost Hawaii tourism by 7-percent
The state commission helping to promote events to celebrate the year 2000 will be asking for $500,000 to $1 million from the Hawaii Tourism Authority.
According to a story in the Honolulu Star Bulletin, spokesman for the commission says the money will be used for promoting millennium events and enhancing other events celebrated during 2000.
As part of the celebration, Maui County businesses plan to join two existing events into one to encourage visitors to stay longer, especially during traditionally slow tourism periods. In May, the Maui Music Festival in west Maui will be followed by Maui Music Festival in Wailea.
The commission hopes to increase the annual number of tourists visiting Hawaii by 7 percent from 6.8 million to 7.3 million people. According to the commission 7 percent increase represents some $700 million in additional revenue for the state.
The first event scheduled to celebrate "Hawaii 2000, the Dawn of the New Millennium" is the Children's Youth Millennium Congress in October.