GROWING AIRLINES, ISLAND TOURISM OVERFLOW - "Hawaiian Residents Fear Worldwide Passenger Overload!"

by Ron Morales March. 24, 2019 265 views
Photo: Ron Morales_A tourist enjoying the beautiful sunset on Kaanapali Beach, Maui.

Photo: Ron Morales_A tourist enjoying the beautiful sunset on Kaanapali Beach, Maui.

The Hawai'ian Islands has always been a goto destination to escape or a dream vacations. A place to reset before you get back to your regular scheduled lifestyle. Those days could soon be long and gone! The airline industries "Southwest Airlines" decided to create a new routes to the Hawai'ian Islands with special deals that are quickly persuading thousands of more tourist to jump online to take scramble to get one of these one in a lifetime flight deals.

Photo: Google Search List

Photo: Google Search List

While the public's going crazy chasing down round trip ticket deals for under #100 dollars, Southwest Airlines found themselves changing the industry game by creating competition that the public has been waiting to see for years.

However, the "awesome" flight deals that were gobbled up online has also driving the tourism and hospitality upside down into "Chaos Islands."

Not everyone comes home from their dream vacations, some decide to stay. Many planned a future trip to scope out the real estate during their stay. This might be great for their economy, it also became the beginning of Hawai'ian island stress.

The island of Maui, known for its majestic sunsets, warm breezes and lovers island is not immune to the pressures of the airline competition wars. Actually, although they are fantastic with their cultural accommodations, the state is actually going through a crisis called, "over tourism". Yes, it's a thing!

Photo: Ron Morales_Passengers at Lindberg Field International Airport, waiting for the plane to arrive from Maui.

Photo: Ron Morales_Passengers at Lindberg Field International Airport, waiting for the plane to arrive from Maui.

With the overload of passengers taking advantage of the super low round trip flights paralyzing the tourism and hospitality industry on the islands, Maui has exceeded their capacity in their hotels as an average of 2.7 million tourists arrive each year, increasing more and more every year.

The tourism board was not prepared to sustain the pressure's of overflow, not to mention the non-support of local politicians that prefer the old way of doing business when it comes to the tourism industry.

The political movement stands strong on their business model to sustain the tourism industry by siding with outside investors that bring in millions, instead of supporting the local island communities by investing the money into local gated communities, affordable housing and more assistance for the local residents of Maui.

Photo: Ron Morales_A tourist family eating a sunset style dinner at Leilani's in Lahaina, Maui.

Photo: Ron Morales_A tourist family eating a sunset style dinner at Leilani's in Lahaina, Maui.

Hotel rooms, car rentals, restaurants and little shopping stores are fully booked and some people feel that it's "great for business." The problem is they are also exceeding room capacity in hotels and car rentals, which brings more traffic and congestion and accidents on the local streets. As the airline's focus on filling up their airline seats by the plane load.

As amazing as this sounds, the 11.4 billion dollar a year tourism industry, the employees salaries cannot sustain their own local housing costs, which creates a co-habit residency that are called "McMansions". They are built by the hundreds for the part-time tourists, which take away money away from building local affordable units to sustain the local residents.

"The relationship between the number of residents and visitors on the island at any given time cannot be overlooked as an important public policy discussion point. Resort communities...have grappled with the "golden good" debate, whereby the tourism experience may be compromised by the very nature of the area's popularity", stated The Hawai'i Tourism Strategic Plan 50 years ago.

Photo: Ron Morales_ Young local Maui resident on his phone on Kaanapali Beach.

Photo: Ron Morales_ Young local Maui resident on his phone on Kaanapali Beach.

Talks within the island community about clashes of the islanders and tourist has been rising. What is known to tourists as "special secret places" have been the local island quiet beaches locals have been enjoying for generations.

Now, they are not so secret, they are actually overwhelmed with visitors with no places to park and on islands, it becomes a huge issue. On Waikiki, they are looking to spend $2-$3 million dollars on pumping sand back onto the beaches for offshore to adapt to the demand.

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