Hawaii’s Safe Travels Digital Platform Welcomes More than a Million TravelersPosted on Feb 9, 2021 in Featured, News
The Safe Travels Digital Platform marked a milestone by processing its 1 millionth traveler on Jan. 15, 2021, since the pre-travel testing program began in October 2020. The system has assisted in paving the way for economic recovery. “Economic activity had rebounded more than expected in the latter part of calendar year 2020 with the opening of tourism under the Safe Travels program. In November and December, tourism appeared to average roughly 25% of the pre-pandemic averages,” according to the Council on Revenues’ report to Gov. Ige.
Travel numbers are expected to increase, according to the Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism’s forecast, 6.18 million are projected in visitor arrivals this year, 126.2% change in visitor arrivals from 2020.
The Safe Travels Hawaii program is part of a multilayered process designed to protect the health and safety of our visitors and residents from the spread of COVID-19. The state uses the Safe Travels Hawaii digital platform to gather trip and health information from travelers. Data gathered may be used by the Department of Health for contact tracing efforts and by law enforcement agencies to enforce quarantine rules.
The Safe Travels Digital Platform project is spearheaded by the Office of Enterprise Technology Services in collaboration with the Department of Transportation, Department of Health, Department of Defense, Hawaii Tourism Authority, Office of the Attorney General, and the counties.
For the latest travel data from the Safe Travels Digital Platform, visit: https://hawaiicovid19.com/travel/data/
To Read More on what’s happening at ETS: January 2021 HowzIT Newsletter