Tourism Security: Challenges and Opportunities for Hawaii

Tuesday March 29, 2016

Industry expert Dr. Peter Tarlow, a world-renowned expert on tourism safety and security, discusses the future of safety and security for Hawaii ‘s visitor industry.

Safety and security are of paramount importance to tourism destinations wishing to maintain a positive tourism experience for travelers.  Fortunately, Hawaii has remained consistently popular as a tourism destination over the last 50 years in part due to our record and reputation as a safe tourism destination.  Only through consistent consideration and evaluation, can Hawaii continue to maintain a high level of safety and security through turbulent global conditions.

The Hospitality and Tourism Department at KCC is sponsoring Dr. Peter Tarlow, a world-renowned expert on tourism safety and security, to discuss the future of safety and security for Hawaii ‘s visitor industry, in partnership with PATA Hawaii.  Dr. Tarlow will look at some of the challenges and opportunities in tourism and the importance of tourism security. He will speak about some of Hawaii’s challenges and how tourism policing has become a major part of a destination’s tourism offerings.

Peter Tarlow

Speaker Bio:

Dr. Peter E. Tarlow is a world-renowned speaker and expert specializing in the impact of crime and terrorism on the tourism industry, event and tourism risk management, and economic development.  Since 1990, Tarlow has been teaching courses on tourism, crime & terrorism to police forces and security and tourism professionals throughout the world.

Tarlow earned his Ph.D. in sociology from Texas A&M University.  He also holds degrees in history, in Spanish and Hebrew literatures, and in psychotherapy.  In 1996, Tarlow became Hoover Dam’s consultant for tourism development and security.  In 1998, Tarlow’s role at the Bureau of Reclamation expanded.  He was asked to develop a tourism security program for all Bureau of Reclamation properties and visitor centers.  Tarlow continued his involvement with the Bureau of Reclamation until December of 2012.  In 1999, the US Customs service asked Tarlow to work with its agents in the area of customer service, cultural awareness, and custom’s impact on the tourism and visitor industry.

Tarlow speaks throughout North and Latin America, the Middle East and Europe, and Asia.  Some of the topics about which he speaks are: the sociology of terrorism, its impact on tourism security and risk management, the US government’s role in post terrorism recovery, and how communities and businesses must face a major paradigm shift in the way they do business.  Tarlow trains numerous police departments throughout the world in TOPPS (Tourism Oriented Policing and Protection Services) and offers certification in this area.  Tarlow provides keynote speeches around the world on topics as diverse as dealing with economies in crisis to how beautification can become a major tool for economic recovery.

Tarlow is a well-known author in the field of tourism security.  He is a contributing author to multiple books on tourism security, and has published numerous academic and applied research articles regarding issues of security including articles published in The Futurist, the Journal of Travel Research and Security Management.  In 1999 Tarlow co-edited “War, Terrorism, and Tourism.” a special edition of the Journal of Travel Research.  In 2002 Tarlow published Event Risk Management and Safety (John Wiley & Sons).  Tarlow also writes and speaks for major organizations such as the Organization of US State Dams, and The International Association of Event Managers.  In 2011, Tarlow published: Twenty Years of Tourism Tidbits: The Book.  The Spanish language addition is to be released in 2012.  He has recently published a book on Cruise Safety (written in Portuguese) entitled Abordagem Multdisciplinar dos Cruzeiros Turísticos.  In June of 2014, Elsevier published Tarlow’s newest book: Tourism Security: Strategies for Effective Managing Travel Risk and Safety.

Tarlow’s wide range of professional and scholarly articles includes articles on subjects such as: “dark tourism”, theories of terrorism, and economic development through tourism.  Tarlow also writes and publishes the popular on-line tourism newsletter Tourism Tidbits read by thousands of tourism and travel professionals around the world in its English, Spanish, and Portuguese language editions.  Tarlow has been a regular contributor to the joint electronic tourism newsletter, ETRA, published jointly by Texas A&M University and the Canadian Tourism Commission.  His articles often appear in a wide range of both trade and academic publications including Brilliant Results and Destination World.

Tarlow is a founder and president of Tourism & More Inc. (T&M).  He is a past president of the Texas Chapter of the Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA).  Tarlow is a member of the International Editorial Boards of “Turizam” published in Zagreb, Croatia, “Anatolia: International Journal of Tourism and Hospitality Research,” published in Turkey, and “Estudios y Perspectivas en Turismo,” published in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and American Journal of Tourism Research.


11:30 a.m. – Registration

12 noon – 1:30 p.m. Lunch and Presentation by Dr. Peter Tarlow

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Please RSVP by Friday, March 24, 2016. We look forward to seeing you there!