01/23/2014 12:56 pm ET

How To Prepare Hawaii For Chinese Tourism

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The first regularly scheduled commercial passenger flights arriving direct from Beijing touched down in Honolulu this week. There will be more.

China Airlines was the first to reach the landing gate; Hawaiian Airlines will get into the act starting in April. It’s true that the volume of visitors from China remains small — the Hawaii Tourism Authority projects a total of 182,000 for this year. By way of comparison, nearly 162,000 Japanese came to Hawaii last August alone.

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