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Hawaii’s Tourism Industry to Gather and Define Hawaii’s Next Chapter

Registration is in full swing for the 2013 Hawaii Tourism Conference, Aug. 22-23. Don’t miss this opportunity to join the HTA and Hawaii tourism industry stakeholders to network and learn about today’s ever-evolving travel industry, the latest trends and forecasts, best practices on an array of topics, and factors to consider as you plan for 2014. 
Newly added to the dynamic conference schedule on Friday, Aug. 23, during Concurrent Session IV, is a panel discussion about Hawaii’s National Marine Sanctuary. Tourists are an important user group to all National Marine Sanctuaries, and the HTA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary are partnering to enrich the visitor experience by creating awareness of these special areas. 
The HTA is excited about the speakers lined up for the conference including keynote speaker Andrew McCarthy, editor-at-large for National Geographic Traveler, best-selling New York Times author and actor; and Facebook global marketing solutions manager, David Parfect. Attendees can also enjoy participating in breakout sessions and discussions with industry experts such as Brad DiFiore, managing partner, Ailevon Air Service Consulting; Dr. Suzanne Cook, senior advisor, U.S. Travel Association; and Jason Pacheco, founder, BRIC Marketing Group. The HTA's global marketing partners will also be on hand to present their 2014 marketing plans.
The conference will once again feature The Marketplace showcasing some of Hawaii’s top visitor industry businesses and programs. Attendees can network with new contacts and old acquaintances while browsing through the various program and product booths.  
Registration fees include education sessions, breakfast on both days, lunch and reception on the first day, and is $190 per person or $180 per person for groups of five or more employees of the same company. To register for this event at the Hawai‘i Convention Center, click here  or call (808) 230-7625.

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