2017 Annual Outlook & Economic Forecast Forum

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Thursday February 2, 2017

After five consecutive years of record visitor arrivals, where does Hawai’i go from here?

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As 2017 gains altitude, consumers and business in the U.S. finds themselves navigating the winds of fear, change and opportunity. After five consecutive years of record visitor arrivals, where does Hawai’i go from here? Change is certainly “in the air” in Hawai’i’s West Coast markets with the merger of Alaska Airlines and Virgin America; Hawaiian Airlines’ expected transition to single-aisle Airbus A321 neo aircraft in late 2017; and, in the Japan market, with Hawaiian Airlines’ new nonstop Tokyo Haneda-Kona service. Find out what’s on the radar for Hawai’i’s visitor industry at the PATA-TTRA 2017 Outlook and Economic Forecast Forum.

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WRAP UP – VASH Holiday Fundraiser and Industry Breakfast at Halekulani

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A huge Mahalo and Mele Kalikimaka to all who attended, donated, and generously supported the Visitor Aloha Society during our breakfast and silent auction at Halekulani. More than $8,500 was raised and a great time was had by all. The room and food were spectacular, and the joy of the season filled the room.

In addition to food and friends, guest enjoyed a fantastic historical presentation from the Japanese Chamber of Commerce, and a reminder from VASH about how important contributing is and the positive impact we can all have on visitors who experience hardship.

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VASH Holiday Fundraiser and Industry Breakfast at Halekulani

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Friday, December 2, 2016 from 7:30am-9:30am Halekulani, Ballroom I and II

PATA Hawai‘i and TTRA – Hawai‘i Present: 2016 Industry Holiday Breakfast

It’s our annual Holiday event! The Hawaii Chapters of PATA & TTRA invite you to our Industry Holiday Breakfast and Silent Auction at Halekulani. This is a great opportunity to get in the spirit of the holidays, for giving, and to network with your industry peers.

We’re pleased to welcome Jessica Lani Rich, President and Director of VASH, the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii. VASH continues to provide much-needed services to our visitors in need. 100% of our Silent Auction goes directly to VASH, which is dedicated to helping those visitors who have been victims of a crime or other adversities while visiting Hawaii.

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Wrap Up – Kuhio Rising and PATA 65 Celebration

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Mahalo to Mario Hardy, PATA Chief Executive Officer and our panel experts who provided insight into the renaissance of Kuhio Avenue. The upgrades continue and attendees got a sneak peek at the soon to open properties as well as a recap of the International Market Place opening. After the presentations members and guests moved out to the Royal Hawaiian’s beachfront lawn for pupus and cocktails to celebrate PATA’s significant milestone of supporting pacific Asia tourism for 65 years!

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Kuhio Rising & PATA’s 65th Anniversary

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Tuesday, October 4 2016

Join us for these two very special events in the Royal Hawaiian Hotels Regency Ballroom from 3 pm – 7 pm.

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Kuhio Avenue is experiencing a renaissance of culture and class. No longer bars and back alleys, this Waikiki hot spot keeps the destination fresh with new shopping, lodging and events to entice and entertain guests. Within the last few years, there has been a significant upscaling of Kuhio Avenue with the introduction of contemporary new hotel properties, and the reopening of International Market Place. Join the industry community to learn about some of the new brands that have, and will, enter the market, who they are hoping to attract and the potential they see on Kuhio Avenue. Hear is the exciting lineup of speakers!

• Stacy Manzo, Director of Sales & Marketing, Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach
• Dave Mark, Marketing & Sponsorship Director, International Market Place
• Marc Nasser, Director of Sales & Marketing, The ‘Okina, Autograph Collection
• Lance Wilhelm, Managing Principal-­‐Irongate, Ritz-­‐Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach
• Theresa van Greunen, Director of Public relations and Promotions, Aqua-­‐Aston’s Surfjack Hotel & Swim Club

Following the event, PATA will be celebrating the significant milestone of supporting pacific Asia tourism for 65 years! Meet Mario Hardy, PATA Chief Executive Officer, joining us from Bangkok, at a reception immediately following the forum.

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WRAP-UP – Airline and Airport Update 2016

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2016 Airline Update

Mahalo to Peter Ingram and our panel experts who provided insight into the future of Hawaii air travel. As we approach record numbers of air travelers, facilities upgrades and expanded route networks insure that we meet our guest needs. We’ve consolidated all of the speaker presentations and hope this valuable information can help guide your business success.

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Airline and Airport Update 2016

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2016 Airline Update

Thursday August 18, 2016

Find out who’s flying our skies – where, when, and why!

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Peter Ingram, Chief Commercial Officer -­ Hawaiian Airlines, will tell us more about the airline’s expansion and upcoming business plans along with their newest innovation with in‐flight services. Topics will include Hawaiian Airlines recently announced new non-­stop service between Hawaii Island’s Kona International Airport (KOA) and Tokyo’s Haneda International Airport (HND).

Hawaii Tourism Authority will provide an in-depth analysis of current and future air seat outlook, along with an updated look at the continuous and numerous improvements to Hawaii’s airport system by State of Hawaii -­ Department of Transportation -­ Airports Division.

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PATA sponsors EDIT scholarships at University of Hawaii Travel Industry Management school

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Executive Development Institute for Tourism June 6 through June 17, 2016

Co-sponsored by the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), EDIT provides an intensive twelve day program to serve ongoing educational needs of executives and professionals in both private and public sectors of international tourism organizations. Since 1979, participants have included government officials, hotel executives, educators, tour operators, airline executives and other travel industry professionals from over 50 countries.

For nearly four decades, the Executive Development Institute for Tourism (EDIT) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has provided professionals from the travel and tourism public and private sectors with the knowledge and skills to work effectively in this environment of change and innovation. The flagship program at the School of Travel Industry Management builds leadership proficiency and managerial skills for rising executives, heads of businesses and leaders of governmental agencies from public and private sectors.

The twelve day institute offers a rigorous and interactive curriculum. The program prepares leaders to develop strategic approaches to international destination marketing, product development, and international tourism policy. Hawai‘i is the ideal learning environment within a living laboratory due to decades of planning and managing tourism growth.

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WRAP UP – Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary Commemoration Presentation

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Pearl Harbor 75

Mahalo to Tony Vericella, President of Island Partners, and all those who joined us at the Hawaii Prince for lunch as he presented an update on the Pearl Harbor 75th Anniversary Commemoration events. Those who attended learned how hotels and transportation will be affected, and the more than 40 events that will take place surrounding the commemoration.

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