Hawaii’s Royal Kona Resort to reopen after 7-month closure

KAILUA-KONA, Hawaii (AP) — The Royal Kona Resort on Hawaii island plans to reopen to guests following a seven-month closure amid the coronavirus pandemic and a multi-million dollar renovation.

The three-tower resort overlooking Kailua Bay on the western side of the Big Island expects to open Thursday, West Hawaii Today reported Tuesday.

The Royal Kona is the only property in the area expected to reopen on the same day the state launches a program enabling travelers to avoid a 14-day quarantine by taking COVID-19 tests before arriving in Hawaii.

Since the implementation of the quarantine mandated by Democratic Gov. David Ige in March, visitor arrivals to the Big Island have dropped 97% and hotel occupancy has hovered at around 30%, the newspaper reported.

Royal Kona Resort General Manager Jay Rubenstein said there have been “quite a few” reservations already at the 428-room property owned by Honolulu-based Hogan Hospitality Group.

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Lobbying group: Two-thirds of Indiana’s hotels face closure

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — About two-thirds of Indiana’s hotels could be forced to close permanently in the coming months if Congress doesn’t provide more financial relief to the beleaguered hospitality industry that’s been hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic, a national lobbying group says.

The American Hotel & Lodging Association, estimates that nearly 700 of Indiana’s 1,042 hotels will permanently close within the next six months if they don’t obtain additional funding, based on numbers from a national survey of its members earlier this month.

Nearly half of the state’s hotels could also face the risk of foreclosure, the survey found.

The conclusions highlight what the lobbying group says is a crucial need for more financial support from Congress to aid the nation’s hospitality industry, the Indianapolis Business Journal reported. “It’s time for Congress to put politics aside and prioritize American workers in the hardest-hit industries,” Chip Rogers, president and CEO of

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Two-thirds of Indiana’s hotels face closure

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — About two-thirds of Indiana’s hotels could be forced to close permanently in the coming months if Congress doesn’t provide more financial relief to the beleaguered hospitality industry that’s been hard-hit by the coronavirus pandemic, a national lobbying group says.

The American Hotel & Lodging Association, estimates that nearly 700 of Indiana’s 1,042 hotels will permanently close within the next six months if they don’t obtain additional funding, based on numbers from a national survey of its members earlier this month.

Nearly half of the state’s hotels could also face the risk of foreclosure, the survey found.


The conclusions highlight what the lobbying group says is a crucial need for more financial support from Congress to aid the nation’s hospitality industry, the Indianapolis Business Journal reported. “It’s time for Congress to put politics aside and prioritize American workers in the hardest-hit industries,” Chip Rogers, president and CEO of

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