Hawaii Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo signs bill giving $50 million to Hawaii vacation rentals
Governor Andrew M and his wife, Kathy, will receive $50,000 each for their four Hawaiian vacation rentals in the state this year, according to the Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources.
The amount is a significant portion of the $9.4 million in tax incentives that M and Kathy Cuomo received for their businesses in the last fiscal year.
Cuomo is one of the nation’s top travel executives and has taken a leading role in promoting the Hawaiian vacation industry.
In the wake of the November wildfires that ravaged the island, Cuomo announced that Hawaii will receive an additional $9 million in federal disaster aid in the coming months.
“This is a small but significant step in a process that will bring thousands of new jobs and millions of dollars to our state,” Cuomo said in a statement.
“As we continue to recover, I am pleased that the Governor will join us in supporting Hawaii’s tourism industry and its people.”
Travel nursing jobs and travel nursing jobs in Hawaii have been a hot commodity since Hurricane Irma hit the island in November.
The governor said last month that he expects the Hawaii economy to recover by next spring, when the state will be ready to hire an additional 1,400 nursing staff.
Hawaii is one, in part, because of Cuomo’s support for tourism.
“The governor’s commitment to our island and to the Hawaiian community is unmatched, and we are grateful for his leadership and commitment,” said Linda Hensley, president and CEO of the Hawaiian Travel Association, which represents the nation and international travel agents.
“We look forward to working with him as we work toward a successful recovery.”
Cuomo, a Republican, has been in office since 2012 and has been criticized for his efforts to promote tourism and tourism incentives.
In a January 2017 interview with CNBC, Cuomo said he thinks tourism is the number one thing that will lift the state out of a recession, despite the wildfires that hit Hawaii and Florida in October.
“I believe tourism is going to be the catalyst for us to have a recovery and I think tourism is an investment that is going for us in terms of jobs and economic development,” Cuomo told the network.
“People have been trying to come to Hawaii, but they have been unable to, and they are going to have to come back.”
Hawaii has been one of Trump’s top supporters in the wake to Hurricane Irma.
In February, Trump pledged $1 billion in state aid to help the state rebuild.
The $1.4 billion total was just one-third of the amount Trump said he would spend on the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Florida, Florida and New Jersey.
Trump also announced that he will invest $1 million into Hawaii’s state-owned tourism agency.
“There’s a lot of people out there who are going through a tough time, and I want to see that we are helping them,” Cuomo was quoted as saying in the interview.
Cuomo also is expected to visit Hawaii in the weeks ahead.