Keeping Hawaii’s tourism on the rise


industry in Hawaii and just a few months ago, the Hawaii Tourism Authority underwent a change in leadership. Joining us, HTA President George D. Szigeti. Visitor spending and arrivals continue to be up, as the new head of HTA, what are your plans to maintain this growth? 2015 is projected to be another record- breaking year. However, we continue to work with our partners and monitor global economic conditions and our competition. Initiatives like our annual Hawaii Tourism Conference on Aug. 27 and 28, allow us to connect local, national and international experts with our partners and provide insights and trends that help to strengthen and maintain our industry’s success. What are some of the hot topics that will be covered at the conference? We will be talking about the airline industry, cruise, accommodations, marketing trends, and so much more. This year’s keynote speaker will be Spud Hilton, travel editor of the San Francisco Chronicle. We also secured a representative from Air BNB who will be on a panel discussing accommodations and how the market is evolving in Hawai’i and across the globe. And while the visitor industry has been successful, we must be cognizant of the changing landscape of tourism and stay ahead of the game. Our conference will be a great opportunity to hear about how we can accomplish that and maintain one of Hawaii’s largest industries. How would the conference be beneficial for those not working in the visitor industry? While the topics we are discussing are related to the visitor industry, tourism really is a major economic driver for the state. How tourism is doing can affect other industries, so it’s important that we collaborate and come together to ensure our state’s economy is sustainable. IN NEWSGFX, HTA 1-12 COURTESY IN 2015 FOLDER, HTA COURTESY Still ahead: some editor of the San Francisco Chronicle. We also secured a representative from Air BNB who will be on a panel discussing accommodations and how the market is evolving in Hawai’i and across the globe. And while the visitor industry has been successful, we must be cognizant of the changing landscape of tourism and stay ahead of the game. Our conference will be a great opportunity to hear IN NEWSGFX, HTA 1-12 COURTESY IN 2015 FOLDER, HTA COURTESY Still ahead: some

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