Hainan Airlines, China’s largest private airline, has applied to offer direct service to Hawaii starting later this year. Visitor industry executives say tourism from China to Hawaii could lift off if Hainan Airlines gets government approval to begin offering direct service this year.
If Hawaii thinks it will see a flood of eager, money-spending tourists from China flooding to the island state it is laboring under a false delusion.
Even if Hainan Airlines eventually increases the frequency to three times a week, that is not a serious amount of tourists.
Tourism from China to Hawaii actually declined 3.5% to 54,618 visitors in 2008.
Which means she thinks in three years it may be 150,000.
To put that into perpective last year total tourism to Hawaii from all over the world was 7,628,000. Which means that tourism from China might get to be 0.02%.