2022 Annual Outlook and Economic Forum Sessions II & III

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Wednesday, March 23, 2022
10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Zoom Webinar

“Catch ’22”: Catching the Wave of Sustained Recovery in 2022

Surfing the conditions for a sustained tourism recovery in 2022 requires better marketplace insights and activating regenerative tourism strategies. Grab your board, and join in Sessions II and III, which will provide digital dashboards, geolocation tools and Destination Management strategies to help your business recover and empower the community for future waves.

Despite Omicron-fueled uncertainty at the start of the New Year, Hawaii’s visitor industry seeks to “catch” the wave of sustained recovery in 2022.  Sessions II & III will provide tools to help your business recover and understand how we need to manage our destination for the future.

Session II: Symphony Dashboards and Geolocation Data

  • Moderator: Jeffrey Eslinger, Senior Director of Market Insights, Hawai‘i Visitors & Convention Bureau, TTRA Hawai‘i President
  • Evan Saunders, Vice President, global Tourism & Hospitality, Near North America
  • Erik Evjen, Director of Data Analytics & Insights, Tourism Economics

Session III: Destination Management

  • Moderator: Caroline Anderson, Director of Planning, Hawai‘i Tourism Authority
  • Nalani Brun, Director, County of Kaua‘i, Office of Economic Development
  • Curt Cottrell, Administrator, Department of Land and Natural Resources, Division of State Parks
  • Meagan DeGaia, Destination Manager, Maui Visitors & Convention Bureau
  • Pomai Weigert, AgBusiness Consultant, GoFarm Hawai‘i

PATA Members                          $30.00
TTRA Members                            $30.00
Non-Members                            $50.00
Add-on: Webinar Recording and Presentations $20.00
General registration must be purchased to be eligible for add-ons.

Registration closes Tuesday, March 22, 2022.

Haven’t renewed your membership for 2022 yet? If you’ve joined our memberplanet community, log in here and click “Renew” to update your account. Corporate member? Don’t forget to have your department administration renew membership and add you to the list. When they do, you’ll be prompted to update your profile and receive all of our event updates and discounts.

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2022 PATA Hawaii Student Forum

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Wednesday February 9, 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 2022 Annual Outlook and Economic 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:

  • Ruth Cusack, Managing Director, Compensation and Benefits, Alaska Air
  • Trevor Bracher, Complex Director of Human Resources, Marriott: Sheraton Waikiki, Royal Hawaiian, Princess Kaiulani, Moana Surfrider, Sheraton Maui
  • Cherise Lee, Area Director of People & Culture, Springboard Hospitality
  • Keliʻi Heen, Managing Partner, Argex Beverages
  • Evangeline Sobrepena, Director of Human Resources, Hilton Waikoloa Village
  • Marc Nasser, Area Director of Sales & Marketing, Sightline Hospitality
  • Flash Hansen, Director of Promotions & Marketing, iHeartMedia and co-owner of Moderne Media

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2022 Annual Outlook and Economic Forum

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Thursday, February 3 2022
8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Zoom Webinar

Despite Omicron-fueled uncertainty at the start of the New Year, Hawaii’s visitor industry seeks to “catch” the wave of sustained recovery in 2022 – A recovery in Hawaii’s domestic and international visitor markets. A recovery that keeps the state’s cruise market afloat. A recovery that shows that the state’s meetings and conventions market means business. Find out what our line-up of experts think. These insights will help you better navigate uncertainty in the year ahead..

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

PATA Members                          $30.00
TTRA Members                            $30.00
Non-Members                            $50.00
Add-on: Webinar Recording and Presentations $20.00
General registration must be purchased to be eligible for add-ons.

Registration closes Wednesday, February 2, 2022.

Sessions II and III will be held March 2022 via Zoom, date TBD. Separate registration required. Be sure to take advantage of the 20% discount offered when you register today! Registration for Session I required to take advantage of discount.

Session II: Symphony Dashboards and Geolocation Data
Session III: Destination Management Action Plan (DMAP) Updates

Haven’t renewed your membership for 2022 yet? If you’ve joined our memberplanet community, log in here and click “Renew” to update your account. Corporate member? Don’t forget to have your department administration renew membership and add you to the list. When they do, you’ll be prompted to update your profile and receive all of our event updates and discounts.

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VASH Holiday Fund Raiser and Industry Breakfast Wrap Up

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The hospitality industry community overcame pandemic challenges with a tremendously successful fund raiser and holiday breakfast at Halekulani, with $8,381 raised to support the important work VASH does to take care of visitors experiencing adversity. The first time lifelong peers have come together in good cheer in a long time, done safely with the help of the property management team.

A huge MAHALO to all who attended and won amazing items in the silent auction. With recovery will come more incredible events from your PATA Hawaii chapter, happy holidays and your executive board looks forward to seeing you in the new year!

Destination Marketing Forum 2021

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Virtual Destination Marketing Forum
Nov 24, 2021 09:00 PM – Nov 26, 2021 5:00 PM (GMT+8)

As DMOs across the globe continue to rebrand from destination marketing organisations to embrace the importance of being destination management organisations, the Virtual PATA Destination Marketing Forum 2021 celebrates this trend with the theme of ‘Experiences that Inspire.’ It builds upon the global movement towards purposeful travel, wherein visitors share a vision of doing more for themselves and others.

This event invites industry professionals and visitors to continue taking ownership of their travel experiences and create bigger impacts for their host destinations and communities during their personal journeys for self-development. By helping visitors stay informed of their choices and actions, destinations can help cultivate the next generation of inspired travelers for the post-pandemic era.

VASH Holiday Fundraiser and Industry Breakfast at Halekulani 2021

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Friday, December 3, 2021 from 7:30am-9:30am Halekulani, Ballroom I and II

PATA Hawai‘i and TTRA – Hawai‘i Present: 2021 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 and network with industry peers.

We’re pleased to once again 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 Virtual Auction goes directly to VASH, which is dedicated to helping visitors who have been victims of crime or other adversities while visiting Hawaii. Bidding starts Wednesday, November 19, 2021 and concludes Friday, December 3, 2021 at the event. Items will be added throughout the bidding period, so check back often!

We also welcome keynote speaker Jason Ho‘opa‘i from Hawaiian Legacy Reforestation Initiative, a Mālama Hawai‘i Program partner.  Learn more about HLRI’s program, their work with the community, experience with Mālama Hawai‘i Program, and the importance of giving back.

We look forward to hearing from our friends at TIM International — represented by Lee-Ann Choy and PATA Hawai‘i scholarship winner Jaycie Tanaka — and Dr. Dave Evans from Kapi‘olani Community College HOST Program.

NOTICE: Mandate required pandemic precautions must be followed for entrance to the event.

See Jessica’s holiday interview here: https://www.hawaiinewsnow.com/video/2021/11/30/visitor-aloha-society-hawaii-holds-online-auction-fundraiser/

Wrap-up: 2021 Annual Airports Update

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Mahalo to Ross Higashi, Deputy Director of Department of Transportation, Airports Division for sharing the latest updates for airports statewide, including the Hawai‘i Airports Modernization Program, part of Governor Ige’s continuing work on airport improvements throughout the State. 


Deputy Director Hagashi’s brings more than 30 years of experiene and service in government, with responsibilities including the oversight of numerous modernization and facility improvement projects representing billions of dollars in construction, an annual operational budget of more than $500 million, and the financial stability of the Airports Division.

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Virtual Rural Tourism and Sustainable Development Conference 2021

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Virtual Rural Sustainable Development Conference
Sep 24, 2021 09:00 PM (HST)

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought to focus the many vulnerabilities of the travel and tourism industry, particularly highlighting the strong correlation between rural tourism and sustainable development. The shift in travel behavior towards rural tourism has created new opportunities for tourism stakeholders to rethink development in a way that is more inclusive, sustainable, and resilient.

By emphasizing rural tourism and sustainable development, the industry can help ensure a fairer distribution of the benefits from tourism, including job creation, the protection of natural resources, infrastructure development and the empowerment of local communities. This in turn will allow rural areas to become more accessible and provide a higher quality of life for local communities and the overall destination.

The Virtual Rural Tourism and Sustainable Development Conference is a digital half-day event that brings together thought leaders and tourism stakeholders from across the globe. Comprised of expert speaker sessions and destination experiences from Huzhou and Wuxing District, China – The Town of World Rural Tourism, this event will address important issues within the responsible development of rural tourism.

2021 Annual Airports Update

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Tuesday, September 28, 2021
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Zoom Webinar

Join us to hear Ross Higashi, Deputy Director of Department of Transportation, Airports Division share the latest updates for airports statewide, including the Hawai‘i Airports Modernization Program.  The Hawai’i Airports Modernization Program is part of Governor Ige’s continuing work on airport improvements throughout the State.  These needed airport developments will not only enhance the traveler experience and improve efficiency and safety, but also create jobs and stimulate the State’s economy.  The ultimate goal is to continue to improve our airports over the next decade, so it can meet the future needs of our residents and visitors alike.


Deputy Director Hagashi’s responsibilities include the oversight of numerous modernization and facility improvement projects representing billions of dollars in construction, an annual operational budget of more than $500 million, and the financial stability of the Airports Division.  He brings more than 30 years of experience and service in state government, serving as Fiscal Management Officer for the Airports Division since 2007, until being named Deputy Director in May 2014.

Agenda:
12:00 – Welcome
12:05 – Ross Higashi, Deputy Director State of Hawaii Department of Transportation, Airports Division
1:00 – Q&A