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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Friday, September 9, 2005

Hawai'i conducts contingency poll on space in hotels

Advertiser Staff


State officials have been polling local hotelier and innkeepers to see if there is room in Hawai'i for Hurricane Katrina survivors, should the need to house them here arise.

State tourism liaison Marsha Wienert said no federal officials or state officials from affected areas have asked Hawai'i to house people displaced by the hurricane. "This is just us, being prepared," Wienert said. "We want to know, if we are asked to house evacuees, can we do that? How many can we house?"

The Hawai'i Visitors and Convention Bureau, visitor bureaus from each of the islands and the hotel association are helping to collect information on hotel rooms, condos and bed and breakfast rooms, she said.