Wednesday February 3, 2016
“SWEET ’16” AHEAD FOR HAWAII’S VISITORS INDUSTRY?
With Hawaii’s visitor arrivals posting their sixth consecutive year of growth in 2015 (i.e., the longest run of uninterrupted year-over-year increases since the 1980s), where do we “grow” from here? What opportunities and challenges will the market hold in 2016? PATA and TTRA Hawaii Chapters are pleased to present insights from top-notch economists as well as industry leaders as they share their expertise and forecasts for 2016. And, you won’t want to miss luncheon speaker DK Shifflet & Associates Senior Director Jeffrey Eslinger, who will be providing insights into the constantly evolving travel behaviors of leisure travelers.
Registration (coffee and light pastries)
8:30 am – 10:00 am
Session I: Economic Trends & Forecasts
Moderator: Chris Kam, Hawai’i Visitors & Convention Bureau
Eugene Tian, Ph.D., Chief Economist, Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism
Joseph Toy, President & CEO, Hospitality Advisors, LLC
Paul Brewbaker, Principal, TZ Economics
10:10 am – 11:45 am
Session II: Industry Perspectives
Toni Marie Davis, Executive Director, Activities & Attractions Association of Hawai’i
Victor Lim, NRA Director Emeritus for the Hawaii Restaurant Association
Michael Tam, Chair, Retail Merchants of Hawai’i; Owner & CEO Martin & MacArthur
12:00 noon – 1:30 pm
Lunch & Keynote Speaker: Leisure Travel Behavior
Jeffrey Eslinger, Senior Director, Account Services, DK Shifflet & Associates, Mc Lean VA
President, Travel and Tourism Research Association
Please RSVP by Friday, January 29, 2016. We look forward to seeing you there!