2019 Annual Outlook and Economic Forecast Forum

Thursday, February 7, 2019
7:45  am  –  1:30  pm
Prince Waikiki Hotel  –  Mauna Kea Ballroom

“Hey Nineteen!”….as the state enters 2019, Hawaii’s visitor industry finds itself at the crossroads of a seventh consecutive year of record visitor arrivals, tapering resident sentiment toward the industry, and new leadership at the Hawaii Tourism Authority. So, where do we go from here? Find out what our line-up of experts think. In addition to the annual economic and visitor industry forecasts, this year’s forum will also feature a panel of representatives working to grow Hawaii’s markets in Asia and the Meetings, Convention and Incentive markets. Their insights will help you better prepare and prosper in 2019!   


7:45 am – 8:30 am
Registration (continental breakfast)

8:30 am – 10:15 am
Session I: Economic Trends & Forecasts

Moderator: Chris Kam, Executive VP, Market Insights & Development, 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

10:30 am – 11:20 am
Session II: Asia Markets

  • Liwei Kimura, Emerging Asia Market Business Development Specialist/Senior Consultant, Orientech LLC
  • Hidehiko Hayashi, Director of International Sales & Service, Japan Travel Bureau/MC&A
  • Akane Yoshida, General Manager, Rakuten Travel

11:45 am
Your Voice Matters – PATA Hawaii Initiative Update 

  • Dan Spencer, UHM School of Travel Industry Management

12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Luncheon Session III:
Outlook – Challenges and Opportunities 

  • Mary Neister, CMP, Vice President MCI – Hawaii Tourism USA and Meet Hawaii at Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau
  • Teri Orton, General Manager, Hawaii Convention Center
  • Mufi Hannemann – President & CEO, Hawaii Tourism & Lodging Association   


$145 PATA Members
$145 TTRA Members
$185 Non-members
$1,015 Table Sponsor (7)

Hotel Self Parking – $8
Hotel Valet – $11


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Please RSVP by February 4, 2019. We look forward to seeing you there!