REPRESENTING BUSINESS INTEREST IN GOVERNMENT: The Kona-Kohala Chamber of Commerce (KKCC) advocates for our members and recently supplied testimony and communications to government officials in opposition to raising the Transient Accommodations Tax (TAT) statewide to support the Honolulu rail project. A special session at the state Capitol is addressing this issue and this topic has been a headliner in our local news this week.
KKCC stands for the equitable distribution of TAT because the locales that generate this tax revenue require a proportionate share of the distribution to support and sustain the economic activity responsible for generating the revenue in the first place. To raise TAT to support the Honolulu rail project does not align with KKCC’s position in support of equitable distribution of the Transient Accommodations Tax to neighbor islands. KKCC would like to see the counties of Hawai‘i receive their fair share of the TAT as they deal with the impacts of the visitor industry at the local level.
With over 500 members, KKCC is a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization that represents a wide range of industries in the private, non-profit, and public sectors in the Kona and Kohala regions on the West side of the island of Hawai‘i. Member businesses range in size from single-owner entrepreneurs to large, multinational corporations. KKCC exists to provide leadership and advocacy for a successful business environment in West Hawai‘i.
As a member organization, KKCC works to strengthen our local economy, promote the community and represent business interests with government. Raising the TAT to support the Honolulu rail project does not support the local business interest of our members, nor promotes our community, nor strengthens our local economy.