Today we take it on for the little guy…the man or women struggeling to make ends meet in Paradise…but also for the SMALL Business Owner who is struggeling as well, but before we get to the BEEF of the Podcast we once again dive into local issues hitting Hawai’i Nei and Oahu. One of our first subjects today is about “ROBERT’S HAWAII”, which is the largest transport, shuttle and tour company in Hawaii and they have now TAKEN OVER shuttle services on Maui at Kahului Airport…It’s about the few big corporations taking over the industry, knocking out the small mom and pop shuttle and tours businesses because the just can’t compete.
We also go into the Travel corporation of Expedia who has single handedly taken over the concierge services in Hawaii, making sure you do the Activities they want you to do so they make large profits from the dollars you spend. YOU NEED TO KNOW THIS! From the time You book with someone like Expedia to the point you plan things out with the Concierge at your Vacation destination…THEY HAVE YOU! We then get into the price of Gas here and how that affects us all with the current prices @ $4.35 a Gallon. Next we deal with the Sad fact of losing the International Marketplace, they sell out of HAWAII LAND OWNERS and the take over of JAPANESE COMPANIES to put what they want in Waikiki for their people…not what Americans want. Last we DIVE HEAD FIRST into the EVIL EMPIRE OF HAWAII…”HTA”, THE HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY where MORE and MORE and MORE will NEVER BE ENOUGH!
When it comes back to Tipping, it’s never good to assume things on “TIPPING in PARADISE” so we break it down…Bruce and I work with many in the service industry and as everyone know, I’m a part of it…but as of late it seems like people DON’T HAVE A CLUE what it means to tip in Hawaii! We go head on with this complex issue as we focus on helping mainly the customers, guests and vacationers make good choices on tipping in Hawaii, from AIRPORT, HOTEL, TAXI, VALET, HOUSEKEEPING, ROOM SERVICE, RESTAURANT and DIFFERENT TOURS from Bus Tours to Private tours as well Helicopter and Boat Tours…WE COVER IT ALL, because the fact is…People in the Hawaii service industry RELY and LIVE off their TIPS!