Hurting Hawaii Appeals to Obama for Help

Tourism tanking, state leaders urge prez not to block biz travel
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 8, 2009 7:33 AM CDT
A surfer catches a wave outside the Turtle Bay Resort, Friday, Feb. 13, 2009 in Kahuku, Hawaii.    (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)
camera-icon View 2 more images

(Newser) – Hawaii is asking its most famous son to stop bad-mouthing business travel, the Los Angeles Times reports. The state's tourism industry has seen its worst winter in years. State leaders, believing at least some of the decline comes from hardening attitudes toward business travel after corporate bailouts, are urging President Obama against adopting any policy that limits business travel.

"In this period of economic downturn when our government and businesses are striving to restore economic stability, the last thing we should do is implement policies or encourage behavior that jeopardizes any industry," Gov. Linda Lingle wrote to the president.