Hawaii’s Visitor Industry will market the state as the “safest place on earth.”
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Plans are already in the works to begin marketing the state to tourists as the safest place on earth. Alan Oshima said Thursday he hears from tourism and other industry leaders that “we have one chance to reopen and to re-brand Hawaiʻi as the safest place on earth, and we should do it right.” Honolulu Star-Advertiser.
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