Archive for May, 2020

With Alan Oshima, Hawaii’s Economic & Community Navigator

Hawaii Economics Association
June 4, 2020 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m HST

Since his appointment by Governor Ige to serve as Hawaii’s Economic & Community Navigator, Alan Oshima has been charged with guiding the State’s efforts to develop and implement a plan for economic and community stabilization, recovery and resiliency. Join us to hear about the State’s plans and goals for economic recovery, where we are now, and what will be needed to reopen and reshape Hawaii’s economy. Bring your questions – a moderated Q&A session will follow the presentation.

Economic Outlook and Forecast Update
June 10, 2020 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m HST

While destinations across the U.S. mainland are focusing on the driving market to fuel the early stages of their tourism recovery, this is not an option for Hawaii, short of widespread adoption of flying cars! Nearly halfway into 2020, what is the updated outlook for Hawaii’s visitor industry? Find out from our line-up of tourism forecasters and hotel/aviation experts with insights to help you navigate “the road ahead” in the second half of 2020!

  • Eugene Tian, Ph.D., Chief Economist, Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism
  • Amelia Lim, Managing Director, CBRE Hotels Advisory/Capital Markets
  • Paul Brewbaker, Principal, TZ Economics
  • Brad DiFlore, Managing Director, Ailevon Pacific Aviation Consulting

Moderated by Chris Kam, OmniTrak Group

PATA International
Restoring post-COVID-19 APAC Travel and Destinations’ E-reputation: What social sentiment data tell us
Jun 3, 2020 09:30 p.m HST

From early January 2020, the COVID-19 is dramatically impacting all players of the travel and tourism ecosystem, with various levels and consequences for destinations. Among must-track indicators for DMOs (bookings, post-crisis visitation recovery, Professionals’ opinions, etc.), the overall ‘sentiment’ shared on global social web channels is focal to monitor as reflecting both the state of opinion related to travel and tourism in overall (optimism, pessimism, growing issues and concerns) and the virality and impact of the crisis on specific destinations’ attractiveness.

During this webinar, TCI will share key insights from its social listening tracker (TRAVELSAT Sentiment Index) and analyse the COVID-19 impact on Asia Pacific reputation built from web social conversations at large that can alter destinations’ attractiveness.

Impact Hospitality:
Safety & Security First

May 18, 3 p.m. HST

Moderated by Michael Cheng, Ph.D., CHE, Dean Chaplin School of Hospitality & Tourism Management at Florida International University. Speakers are Ian Wilson, Advisor & Mentor to Singapore’s tourism & hospitality industry, and former SVP at Marina Bay Sands Singapore, Denise Hayashi-Yamaguchi, CEO – Hawaii Food & Wine Festival, Roy Yamaguchi, Chef & Founder – Roy’s Restaurants, Alan Wong, Chef & Founder – Alan Wong’s Restaurant, and WONG Soon-Hwa, Founder & CEO – Asia Tourism Consulting and Vice-Chairman of PATA.

The once robust and healthy global economy is now fragile and vulnerable. The psychological impact of COVID-19 could take its toll on future revenue and delay a much-needed tourism revival.
With concerns over safety and wellbeing at the forefront, what actions can the hospitality and tourism industry take to help reduce travel anxiety and restore consumer confidence?

This session brings together top executives and tourism consultants from integrated resorts, restaurants, and lifestyle and sustainable tourism to address these issues and offer solutions.

The focus will be on ways to keep lifestyle events, experiential & sustainable tourism alive and well in a post-pandemic world.

Under the newly updated forecasts from the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA), the most likely scenario for international visitor arrivals into and across Asia Pacific in 2020 is that visitor numbers are likely to reduce by 32% year-on-year. Taking into account the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, the volume of arrivals is now expected to reduce to fewer than 500 million this year.

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about the forecasts and find out useful insights and analyses for the destinations within Asia Pacific to prepare for and manage the negative impacts of the COVID-19 on their tourism industries.

What you’ll learn from Hong Kong Polytechnic University:
● The methods used in the PATA Asia Pacific Visitor Forecasts report series
● Understanding the factors, especially COVID-19, that may have contributed to the future trends of tourism demand within Asia Pacific
● The extent to which COVID-19 would affect the demand for travel within the region
● Suggestions about the ways in which the destination organisations/businesses could combat the negative impacts of COVID-19

What you’ll learn from Euromonitor International:
● The latest global economic outlook based on Euromonitor International’s latest research incorporating COVID-19 effects
● The historic economic performance of PATA destinations for metrics like GDP and disposable income
● The future outlook for PATA destination economies and income in light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic

Presented by the Hawaii Economics Association
May 7, 2020 11:30 a.m.
ZOOM – Free


  • Seth Colby, Ph.D. Tax Research & Planning Officer, STATE OF HAWAII DEPARTMENT OF TAXATION
  • Erik Kloninger, Partner, KLONINGER SIMS CONSULTING
  • Paul Brewbaker, Ph.D., CBE Principal TZ ECONOMICS

Moderated by Lesley Harvey, HEA President

Topics will include the impacts of COVID-19 on the State’s overall economy, including a discussion of Federal and state government actions to mitigate its impact; state revenue collections and impacts on tax collections; tourism; and investment. Possible paths for recovery will also be discussed.