Meet Our Team Member: Laci Goshi
HTA Brand Manager Laci Goshi has been working in Hawaii’s hospitality industry for nearly 10 years. Starting off at a wholesaler while earning her bachelor of business administration degree at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, Laci went on to work at the Pacific Beach Hotel and Aqua Hotels and Resorts before joining the HTA ohana in 2013. She currently oversees Hawaii’s largest market, North America, as well as cruise industry initiatives.
The North America market, which includes the United States and Canada, makes up nearly 68 percent of inbound travel to the Hawaiian Islands. Laci works closely with the HTA’s contractor, the Hawai‘i Visitors and Convention Bureau, to market Hawaii and drive visitors to the state. Hawaii’s visitor industry is anticipating seeing an influx of visitors during the traditionally busy summer season with charter flights from the west coast to the neighbor islands.
As an island state, access is a key factor to the success of our tourism industry and the cruise business offers another outlet for transporting visitors to and throughout the state. And while it currently makes up a small segment of the state’s visitors, Laci is working to nurture and grow this market for the long-term sustainability of Hawaii’s tourism economy. Working with the Department of Transportation (DOT) and the Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR), the HTA recently issued a request for proposals (RFP) for a contractor to implement and manage a system that will automate scheduling and optimize use of space at Hawaii’s harbors. This program will not only benefit the DOT and DLNR in scheduling, but also help to secure docking opportunities for Hawaii’s cruise ship partners.
The HTA also invests in creating unique and authentic experiences for visitors and residents to enjoy throughout the Hawaiian Islands, including Mele Mei (May music month) and the Hawai‘i Food and Wine Festival, which Laci also helps to oversee. Mele Mei just wrapped its fourth year of providing month-long, statewide learning opportunities, concerts and other events that celebrate Hawaiian music.
Also in its fourth year, the 2014 Hawaii Food and Wine Festival (HFWF) will kick off on Aug. 29 and run through Sept. 7 with 18 events on Hawaii Island, Maui and Oahu. For the first time, the HFWF will hold a family event, Keiki in the Kitchen, with food demonstrations, a farmers market and more. To learn more about the event and to buy tickets, click here.