Hawaii Urges Tourists to Return as Volcano Calms Down
The officials of Hawaiian tourism are requesting travelers to return to the state’s Big Island as the Kilauea volcano gets cool with few gas emissions are the lowest they’ve been in more than a decade.
The flows – which have enlarged the island by the size of 350 rugby fields – discourage thousands of visitors. Overall, New Zealand visits to the Big Island have increased 1.1 percent in the last 12 months.
In general, there was 12.7 percent drop in tourist number in July, even though figures from the Hawaii Tourism Oceania show Kiwis bucked the trend, with numbers decreasing by 5.5 percent for the month.
It has been a month ever since the constant flow of lava ceased from Kilauea, and authorities claim that the clean and clear quality of air in the island was the most pertinent sign of the positive effect since then.
The US Geological Survey and Hawaiian Volcano Observatory have also highlighted that sulfur dioxide emissions at Kilauea summit and in the Lower East Rift Zone in Puna, where lava flows were occurring, have been radically decreased and are at their lowest combined level since 2007.
Three weeks back, the alert level for Kilauea volcano was lowered from a warning to a watch level.
George D Szigeti, president and chief executive of the Hawaii Tourism Authority, stated that three months after continuous lava flow, he was quite optimist that this cessation in activity becomes permanent.