Hoteliers and hospitality industry analysts are at odds as to whether or not Hawaii needs more hotel rooms. While the number of tourists was up last year, some say building more rooms isn't the answer. "We should all remember there are cycles, and the last one really hurt the tourism industry," noted Jerry Gibson, a Hilton Hawaii area vice president. "Well-planned, positive growth in the timeshare and some hotel segments can be positive, but too much growth will be painful as the cycles arrive. We still have peaks and valleys on Oahu, and the neighboring islands still have tremendous growth potential."

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