(BIVN) – The above video report examines the abrupt change in the Hawaii Island tourism outlook for the year 2018, after the sudden eruption along the lower East Rift Zone of Kilauea Volcano – and the media frenzy that followed. The events are expected to have a negative effect on the once positive projections, and an impact on the local economy that depends so much on visitor arrivals.
For more information on the elements seen in this report:
VIDEO: Hawaii Island Tourism Director Crunches Visitor Numbers (Feb. 24, 2018)
VIDEO: Sirens Sound As Leilani Residents Flee Lava Eruption (May 3, 2018)
VIDEO: Eruption Impacts Tourism, Okabe Admonishes Media (May 15, 2018)
VIDEO: Eruption Slows Volcano Village Business (Jun 2, 2018)
VIDEO: Kona Packs Meeting Over Air Quality Concerns (Jun 8, 2018)
VIDEO: Gubernatorial Candidates Talk Kilauea, Mauna Kea (Jun 16, 2018)
by Big Island Video News
HAWAII ISLAND - When 2018 began, Hawaii Island's visitor industry was projecting big numbers. But then in May, everything changed.