Cayetano OKs 3 bills designed to boost tourism

HONOLULU -- Hawaii Gov. Ben Cayetano signed into law three bills aimed at helping the islands' tourism industry. The state now has $10 million more to spend on marketing the islands, on top of $49 million the Hawaii Visitor & Convention Bureau planned to spend this year.

The governor also approved a bill allocating $36 million to improve the security of the state's airports, harbors and highways. The law enables the state department of transportation to hire 36 full-time sheriff officers to provide security services at the main Honolulu airport.

Also, money will be spent on other security improvements to airports across the state. Harbors in Honolulu, Hilo, Kahului and Nawiliwili will get enhanced security as a result of the law. State highways also will get improvements from appropriations made available through the law.

And Cayetano signed a bill authorizing the department of transportation to spend $5 million to promote the safety of Hawaii's airports.

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