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Hawaiian Culture a Key Focus at Global Tourism Summit, September 19-21

The moral compass of Hawaii’s tourism marketing efforts – Hawaiian culture – will be a key focus of the upcoming Global Tourism Summit, with six sessions being held to share best practices and continue improving cultural authenticity throughout the industry.

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Olof Yrr Atladottir of Icelandic Tourist Board to Deliver Keynote Address at 2017 Global Tourism Summit in Honolulu, September 21

Olof Yrr Atladottir, the director general of the Icelandic Tourist Board and vice president of the European Travel Commission, will present a keynote address on the third day of the 2017 Global Tourism Summit in Honolulu.

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Big spenders set sights on Hawai’i holiday

Holidaymakers are spending more than ever before in Hawai‘i, with per person per trip expenditure reaching a four year high in the Oceanic region, increasing 5.7% and 11.0% year-on-year across Australia and New Zealand respectively. … Continue Reading

Hawaii’s Visitor Statistics Results for First Half of 2017

George D. Szigeti, president and CEO of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), issued the following statement commenting on Hawaii’s visitor statistics results for the first six months of 2017.

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Billy Beane, Inspiration for Moneyball, to Present the Opening Keynote Address at 2017 Global Tourism Summit in Honolulu, September 19

Billy Beane, whose statistical methodology helped revolutionize major league baseball and inspired the best-selling book and Oscar-nominated film, Moneyball, starring Brad Pitt, will present the opening keynote address at the 2017 Global Tourism Summit in Honolulu, September 19.

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Global Tourism Summit to Honor Malama Honua and Crew of Hokulea at Tourism Legacy Awards Luncheon, September 19

 Recognizing their global quest to share Hawaii’s sustainability message, Malama Honua and the crew of the Polynesian voyaging canoe, Hokulea, will be the honorees of the 2017 Global Tourism Summit at the Tourism Legacy Awards Luncheon, September 19.

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Sea Turtles Are Now Nesting on Kauai

Driving to Kilauea on the north shore of Kauai Hawaii, a driver noticed something interesting crossing the road. No not a chicken so prevalent on Kauai, but a turtle. … Continue Reading

Hawaii Visitor Spending Rose 8.7 Percent in May 2017

Visitors spent a total of $1.3 billion in the Hawaiian Islands in May 2017, an increase of 8.7 percent versus a year ago, according to preliminary statistics released today by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA). In addition, total visitor arrivals rose 4.5 percent to 751,191 visitors fueled by growth in arrivals by air (+3.9% to 737,254) and by cruise ships (+49.1% to 13,937).

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HTA Offers Funding to Programs Supporting Hawaiian Culture, Hawaii’s Natural Resources and Community-Based Events in 2018

The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) announced today that funding support will be provided to qualified applicants for programs in 2018 that perpetuate Hawaiian culture, preserve Hawaii’s natural resources and present community-based festivals and events.  … Continue Reading

Registration Opens for 2017 Global Tourism Summit in Honolulu, Sept. 19-21

Early-bird registration offering flexible discounted rates is now available for the 2017 Global Tourism Summit, being presented by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), Sept. 19-21. … Continue Reading

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