Tourism as a Positive Catalyst
Tuesday, April 27, 10am – 11am (GMT+7)

We’re kickstarting the PATA Youth Symposium with a panel discussion that pits dreams vs. reality, and the battle for the future of tourism. Join us on the first day of the PATA Annual Summit 2021.

Many youths join the travel industry because of a deep seated love for travel, but there is also a firm belief within the PATA Youth community that this industry has significant potential to become a positive catalyst for sustainable and responsible development. What must we do to ensure that we do not repeat the mistakes of the past as we move forward in the post COVID-19 future? How do the youth envision the future of travel? How realistic are our dreams to rebuild the industry in a more sustainable and more responsible manner? Join us to explore the answers and connect.

If the industry must adapt and evolve, what new models should we consider? What must be done to ensure the responsible and sustainable revival of the travel and tourism industry? Join conference session, ‘New Models of Tourism,’ moderated by Raini Hamdi from Skift on the first day of PATA Annual Summit, 1 PM – 2 PM ICT/  GMT+7, to hear from Alain Dupeyras, OECD; John Perrottet, The World Bank; and Lauren Uppink Calderwood, World Economic Forum (WEF).

Established in 1951, PATA has been acting as a catalyst for the responsible development of travel and tourism to, from, and within the Asia Pacific region. This year marks PATA’s 70th anniversary! To celebrate this incredible milestone, we curated an album with old photos that hold significant importance, nostalgia, and treasured memories. We warmly invite you to travel back to the 1950s with us! You might even find some of your colleagues in the album!

2021 PATA Hawaii Student Forum

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Wednesday February 3, 2021
2:00PM – 4:00PM
ZOOM Webinar

Career insights from industry experts!

The Pacific Asia Travel Association Hawaii Chapter Annual Student Forum is an extension of the 2021 Outlook and Economic Forecast Forum, providing students majoring in hospitality, tourism, or transportation management an opportunity to obtain valuable career advice from a panel of successful industry professionals. Students and faculty from Hawaii’s higher education programs are invited to participate!

Presenters Include:

  • Kevin Sahara, Director, Hawaii Market Management, Lodging, Expedia
  • Ruthann Yamanaka – SVP, Chief People Officer, Outrigger Hospitality Group
  • Frank Among – Director of Sales and Marketing, Kualoa Ranch
  • Joann Erban – Vice President Customer Success, Roberts Hawaii
  • Kevin Yim – Vice President Marketing and Communications, FCH Enterprises

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2021 Annual Outlook & Economic Forecast Forum

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Wednesday, February 3 2021
8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Zoom Webinar

Will Hawai‘i’s visitor industry shift gears in 2021 from “flattening the curve” to a U-shaped or V-shaped recovery? Will the vaccine be the “shot in the arm” that gives tourism an “Olympic” comeback? Find out what our line-up of experts think. In addition to economic and visitor industry forecasts, get an update on research using Hawai‘i GPS location data; and info from an Industry Panel representing major pillars of the state’s tourism economy. These insights will help you better navigate uncertainty in the year ahead.

AGENDA
Session I: Economic Outlook  
Moderator: Chris Kam, OmniTrak Group
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
Session II:  GPS Location Data
Evan Saunders – Vice President, Tourism and Hospitality, UberMedia
Evelina Giang – Director of Analytics and Data Solutions, UberMedia
Session III: Industry Update
Toni Marie Davis – Executive Director, Activities & Attractions Association of Hawai‘i (A3H)
Michael Tam – CEO, Martin & MacArthur
Denise Yamaguchi – CEO, Hawaiʻi Ag & Culinary Alliance (dba Hawaiʻi Food & Wine Festival). Executive Director, Hawaiʻi Agricultural Foundation

PATA Members                          FREE
TTRA Member                            FREE
Non-Members                            $20.00

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$3,046.00 raised for VASH

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Even in challenging times, the strength of our aloha shines through as the industry came together to donate for and bid in our online auction. $3,046.00 was raised in support of the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawaii. Their efforts are needed now more than ever as our guests navigate 2020’s challenges. A big mahalo to all those that gave and bid, and we hope to see everyone (in real life) next year!



PATA CEO DR. Mario Hardy: 2020 Wrap-Up

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December 2, 10pm HST

Throughout 2020 and moving into 2021, PATA has launched a series of initiatives to assist our members to respond, manage and recover from the current situation, in collaboration with our members and industry partners.

To close off this unprecedented year, we warmly invite our online community to join us for a year-end wrap-up webinar as PATA continues to stand by our members and industry colleagues during these trying times. 

PATA CEO Dr Mario Hardy will be speaking live at this session to recap these initiatives as well as provide an overview of the latest membership benefits moving into 2021 including the PATA eLearning Platform and PATA Marketplace

He will also open his office ‘door’ for 30 minutes to answer anything related to travel and tourism during an AMA (Ask Me Anything) session. You can either submit your questions when you register for the webinar or through our Instagram Story @pata_hq from November 30th onwards. See you there!

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Dr. Mario Hardy, Chief Executive Officer, PATA

Dr. Hardy was appointed CEO of PATA in November 2014 and is also the past Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the PATA Foundation, a nonprofit organisation with a focus on the protection of the environment, the conservation of culture and heritage, and support for education. He has 30 years of experience in specialised aviation businesses focusing on data analytics and technology, coupled with several corporate leadership capacities. Read More

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Roong Tepkaew, Manager – Membership Engagement, PATA

Roong Tepkaew is the Manager for Membership Engagement for the Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA). Together with the director of membership, she is taking care of the PATA member community of over 800 members globally. She is responsible for member engagement projects and activities including the Member Directory, member communication etc. In 2019 she launched the PATA Spotlight webinar series, a platform where PATA members can share their expertise with tourism professionals and entrepreneurs across the globe.

2020 Industry Virtual Holiday Event

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December 4, 2020, 8:30am – 10:00am

It’s our annual Holiday event but this time we are going VIRTUAL! The Hawaii Chapters of PATA & TTRA invite you to our 2020 Industry Holiday Event and Online Auction via Zoom. This is a great opportunity to get in the spirit of the holidays for giving and to network with your industry peers.

This year we are again featuring the Visitor Aloha Society of Hawai‘i (VASH) as the benefactor of our online auction, and will hear from Jessica Lani Rich, President and Director of VASH.  VASH continues to provide much-needed services to our visitors in need.  100% of our Online Auction goes directly to VASH.  Bidding starts Friday, December 4, 2020 and ends Sunday, December 13, 2020.  Items will be added throughout the bidding period. 

We will also hear from our friends at TIM International represented by Lee-Ann Choy and members of the UH STIM Satellite Chapter. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to also hear from guest speakers Dr. Kaiwipunikauikawēkiu Punihei Lipe and Matthew Kamakani Lynch.

“The Future of Tourism” Interview Series

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A Road Map to Post-COVID Sustainable Travel and Tourism Revitalization

In this series of audio interviews, PATA explores “The Future of Tourism” through multiple, interrelated sustainability challenges that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis.

Re-imagining Tourism Wrap Up

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“The New Normal”. We’ve all heard the saying but what does it mean for Hawaii’s tourist industry and how will it affect other related industries. Join PATA Hawaii Chapter to find out about our current market situation, what the marketing plan looks like and the vision for the future.

John De Fries, Jay Talwar, and Patti Herman share their insights and efforts into Hawaii’s tourism and economic recovery as we reopen our shores to visitors.