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2012 Hawaii Tourism Conference


The Hawaii Tourism Authority’s (HTA) 2012 Hawaii Tourism Conference was held on August 23 - 24 at the Hawaii Convention Center.  The Conference is the premier educational and networking event for Hawaii’s visitor industry and stakeholders to focus, learn, and collaborate on efforts to sustain Hawaii's tourism economy. The HTA also held the Tourism Legacy Awards Luncheon on the first day with this year's theme, Honoring Hawaii's Alii, recognizing the Daughters of Hawaii and Friends of Iolani Palace.  Click here to see conference photos.

 Tourism Legacy Awards Luncheon photos (above) and news release


To see the conference presentations, click on speaker's session title.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Let the Good Times Roll?

     Speaker: David Sheatsley, Vice President, Research, MMGY Global. MMGY Global

Prepare for Take Off

     Speaker: Brad DiFiore, Managing Partner, Ailevon Air Service Consulting

Improve Your Social Status in the U.S.

     Speaker: Colin Sutton, U.S. Director of OMD Word 

Happening in Hotels and Lodging Now

     Speakers: Joe Toy, President & CEO, Hospitality Advisors, and Jan Freitag, Senior Vice President,

     Global Development, Smith Travel Research.

Amplify in Asia: Social Media in Korea and Japan

     Speakers: Leo Kim, CEO, Treum and Koji Tsurumoto, President, Marketing Voice Ltd.

Cruise Hawaii Style

     Speaker: Greg Wirtz, President, North West & Canada Cruise Association.


Rockstar Strategies for Sponsorship Success

     Speaker:  Stephanie Donoho, Tourism Specialist, County of Hawai‘i, Department of Research

     and Development.

Plotting Your Path with Data Visualization

     Speakers: Daniel Naho‘opi‘i, Director of Tourism Research, Hawai‘i Tourism Authority.

E Ku i ka Moku (Together We Will Succeed)

     Speaker: David Uchiyama, Vice President of Brand Management

Growing Global: 2013 U.S. and Canada Tourism Marketing Plan

Friday, August 24, 2012

Growing Global: 2013 China, Korea and Other Asia Tourism Marketing Plan

Growing Global: 2013 Japan Tourism Marketing Plan

Growing Global: 2013 Oceania, Europe and North America MCI and Hawai‘i Convention Center

     Tourism Marketing Plans

     a. Oceania (Australia and New Zealand)     

     b. Europe    

     c. North America Meetings, Conventions & Incentives (MCI)and Hawai‘i Convention Center



Click here for conference schedule.

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