Roundtable Recognizes Hawaii
On Nov. 11, Lieutenant Governor Brian Schatz and the APEC 2011 Hawaii Host Committee hosted U.S. Secretary of Commerce John Bryson; Craig Allen, deputy assistant secretary of commerce for Asia; Francisco Sanchez, undersecretary of commerce for international trade; and Benjamin Flatguard, Office of the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce; among others, to a roundtable meeting with Hawaii government and tourism leaders at the Hawaii State Capitol.
Participants discussed challenges and opportunities relating to international tourism as an export, and how tourism can help to achieve the national export initiative goal of doubling the amount of exports within five years, while creating more than two million jobs for Americans. Secretary Bryson also presented the State of Hawaii with a Certificate of Appreciation for Achievement in Trade for outstanding promotion of Hawaii as a top destination for visitors from around the world.
HTA President and CEO Mike McCartney led the round table discussion with Lieutenant Governor Brian Schatz; Peter Ho, president of the APEC 2011 Hawaii Host committee; and Tim Johns, vice chair of the APEC 2011 Hawaii Host Committee and president & CEO of Bank of Hawaii. Participants included Mark Dunkerley, president & CEO of Hawaiian Airlines; Jerry Gibson, area vice president of Hilton Hawaii; David Carey, president & CEO of Outrigger Enterprises Group; and members of the Hawaii State Senate and House of Representatives.
Lunch was hosted by Roy Yamaguchi, another roundtable participant, and board member of the Corporation for Travel Promotion, a non-profit public-private partnership with the mission of promoting increased international travel to the U.S.