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

After the unprecedented pandemic and politics of 2020, 2021 offers a fresh start, a real reset for our islands travel and tourism industry. Planning for recovery needs hard data and industry experts to guide the way. Join us for our annual Economic Forum and reconnect with the people and priorities that will lead the way in filling our rooms, restaurants and revenue in the new year.

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 – Director of Data, UberMedia
Session III: Industry Update
Toni Marie Davis – Executive Director, Activities & Attractions Association of Hawai‘i (A3H)
Tina Yamaki – Executive Director, Retail Merchants of Hawai‘i

PATA Members                          FREE
TTRA Member                            FREE
Non-Members                            $20.00


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



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.

Safe Travels: Visitor Quarantine Status Verification

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Hawaii Attorney General’s office offers this example of how hotels and car rental companies can know whether or not someone who traveled to Hawai‘i from out of state needs to be in quarantine. They can show their document from the Safe Travels program (look halfway down at the line that says “in quarantine” – and it’ll say either yes or no).

Outrigger Hospitality Group Wins PATA Gold Award

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Congratulations from the PATA Hawaii Chapter to Outrigger Hospitality Group for it’s recognition and efforts in global conservation.

Outrigger Hospitality Group, the premier beach brand in the world, earned the prestigious 2020 Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Gold Award in the Climate Change category for its OZONE platform – a global conservation initiative supporting coral health and resiliency, with special focus on the waters that surround the iconic beach destinations of Outrigger Resorts around the world. The winners were announced on September 24, 2020 during the virtual PATA Gold Awards presentation.