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PATA Hawaii Presents: "Countdown to APEC"
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 – 12:00 noon — 1:30pm
Manoa Grand Ballroom, Moili'ili Room

The PATA-Hawaii Chapter is counting down to the 2011 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Leaders Meeting. In a few weeks, the heads of twenty-one Asia Pacific member economies will converge on our state for a series of meetings designed to foster growth and prosperity throughout the region by facilitating economic cooperation as well as expanding trade and investment.

Gregg Yamanaka, President and CEO of APEC 2011 Hawaii, a non-profit corporation, will talk about the preparation leading up to this momentous event as well as provide insight into what the travel industry, as well as our guests, can expect.

Jasmine Tso will share a preview of the marketing and public relations initiatives the APEC Hawaii Host Committee has developed in positioning Hawaii as an attractive place for business and economic investment in anticipation of the 20,000+ incoming APEC attendees this November.

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Are you prepared for a disaster?
On any given day, there are about 70,000 visitors enjoying the sights and sounds of Oahu. That’s a number equivalent to ten percent of the island’s population! What would we do in the event of a crisis? How is the state prepared to assist stranded travelers?Dozens of people from Oahu’s tourism and business communities spent a recent lunch hour learning from experts on how to better prepare for the next disaster to hit Hawaii. The Pacific Asia Travel Association (Hawaii chapter) themed its monthly luncheon around how to manage and prepare for a crisis. Read More...

From The Honolulu Star Advertiser

Record-breaking year forecast for tourism

A panel of visitor industry leaders predicts the sector's momentum will continue in 2013

By Allison Schaefers

Here's the link to Allison Schaefers' article covering our January 31 event.

PATA honours Walt Disney and General Chalermchai in PATA Gallery of Legends
February 28, 2011: The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and PATA Hawaii Chapter, in cooperation with the Hawaii State Department of Transportation – Airports Division, organised the installation ceremony of name plaques in the PATA Gallery of Legends at the Honolulu International Airport. The ceremony was conducted to honour Walter Elias Disney, founder of Walt Disney Company and Disneyland, and General Chalermchai Charuvastra, founder of the Tourist Organisation of Thailand, for their significant contribution to the development of travel and tourism in the Asia Pacific region.

PATA Hawaii Presents: 2014 Airline and Airport Update

On Wednesday, November 5,2014, over 70 PATA Hawaii members and guests gathered at the Hawaii Prince Hotel for our 2014 Airline and Airport Update. 


Do we have sufficient airlift and access to meet the demands of our traveling public?  Are our airport facilities and experiences impacting our visitors' first and last impressions of Hawaii as a destination?  Our speakers, Avi Mannis, Senior Vice President-Marketing for Hawaiian Airlines and Jeff Chang, Engineering Program Manager, Airports Division, State Department of Transportation, presented their insights as they continually face the many challenges in dealing with these and other important and critical issues for our visitor industry.

Jeff Chang's presentation

Avi Mannis' presentation

PATA Gallery of Legends at Hawaii
PATA Hawaii and TTRA Hawaii present: 2014 Hawaii Tourism Outlook
What is 2014 going to look like for Hawaii’s visitor industry?  What are some of the trends and challenges that we will be facing in our major markets?  PATA and TTRA Hawaii Chapters are pleased to present insights from top-notch economists as well as industry leaders as they share their expertise and forecasts for 2014.   And, you won’t want to miss the luncheon keynote: The Future of Tourism!

8:00 am   

8:30 am – 10:00 am
Session I: Economic Trends & Forecasts 
Moderator: Chris Kam, Hawai‘i Visitors & Convention Bureau Kam 02-06-2014
•    Eugene Tian, Ph.D., Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism Tian 02-06-2014
•    Joseph Toy, Hospitality Advisors, LLC Toy 02-06-2014
•    Paul Brewbaker, TZ Economics Brewbaker 02-06-2014

10:10 am – 11:45 am
Session II:  The Competition
Moderator: Daniel Nahoopii, Hawaii Tourism Authority
•    Yujiro Kuwabara, President of JTB Global Travel Service, LLC and Travel Plaza Transportation, LLC – Japan & China Market Overview Kuwabara 02-06-2014
•   Alejandro Moxey, Director of Market Management, Expedia Hawaii– How is Hawaii stacking up against the competition?

12:00 noon - 1:30 pm – Lunch & Keynote
The Future of Tourism
Dr. Jim Dator, Professor and Director
Hawaii Research Center for Futures Studies,
Department of Political Science, University of Hawaii at Manoa Dator 02-06-2014

Na Kukui Netlinks

PATA Hawaii International Liaison Gloia Henderson presented a scholarship award to Saeka Tanabe at University of Hawaii's Na Kukui Netlinks event on March 20, 2014 at Oahu Country Club.


PATA Hawaii @ Na Kukui Netlinks
imagePATA Hawaii was pleased to participate in UH TIM School's Na Kukui Netlinks 2013.  Wendy Goodnow (HNL Travel) presented Tiffany Looi with the "Dean's Scholar Award" which includes a scholarship donated by PATA Hawaii.    Tiffany Looi is a senior with an emphasis in Tourism and Transportation.  In addition to her high GPA (3.80), she has held internship positions at Universal Orlando, Hawai`i Tourism Japan, and has worked at the Shangri-La Resort in Singapore.  She is a member of the UH Honors Society, Golden Key International Honors Society, and PATA.

2013 Student Forum: Planning a Career in the Travel Industry
PATA Hawaii held it's inaugural Student Forum on Thursday, September 29, 2013 at the Hawaii Prince Hotel.  Students from University of Hawaii School of Travel Industry Management, Kapiolani Community College, and Hawaii Pacific University were invited to attend a panel discussion to help them plan a career in the travel industry. 

  • Kelly Hoen, General Manager, The Royal Hawaiian, a Luxury Collection Resort
  • Daniel Chun, Reg’l Mgr., Sales/Community Mktg, Alaska Airlines
  • Christy Nakano, Director of Human Resources, JW Marriott Ihilani Ko`Olina Resort & Spa
  • Clint Schroeder, President, Hagadone Printing Company
KCC's Kapio student newspaper's Remington Taum covered the event.  Click here to see the article.

Allison Schaefers  of The Star Advertiser wrote a great article on the event. "Competition stiff to work in hospitality profession"

Lanai leaders to travel to Waikiki to brief tourism execs - Stephanie Silverstein
PATA Hawaii and TTRA Hawaii Present: Industry Holiday Breakfast and Fundraiser

The Hawaii Chapters of PATA& TTRA invite you to our annual Industry Holiday Breakfast and SilentAuction at Halekulani on December 6, 2013, 7:30 am - 9:30 am. This is a great opportunity to get in the spirit of theholidays, to network with your industry peers, and to support the VASH program.

We are also pleased to bringyou Alfred Grace, President & CEO of the Polynesian Cultural Center, whichis Hawai‘i’s top paid visitor attraction and is also celebrating 50 years ofperpetuating and preserving the cultures of Polynesia.  Grace will sharehighlights from PCC’s history as well as exciting new experiences and plans forthe future.

In addition, Jessica LaniRich, President and Director of VASH, will update us on their efforts toprovide services to visitors in need. 100% of donations from our Silent Auctiongo directly to VASH, a volunteer organization dedicated to helping visitors whohave been victims of a crime or other adversities. They provide follow-upassistance in an effort to share the Aloha spirit and create a positive memoryof their stay in our islands.

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Click here if you would like to make a donation to the Silent Auction benefitting VASH

PATA Hawaii in the news
There are some great articles related to PATA Hawaii's Lanai event!

"Four Seasons first: Lanai garden provides fresh vegetables for Nobu" by Shane Nelson of Travel Weekly. Click here for Shane's article.

"Island Air eager for competitor's Ohana by Hawaiian service to get going” by Stephanie Silverstein of Pacific Business News Click here for Stephanie's article

“Traffic to Lanai a top priority” by By Dave Segal of Honolulu Star-Advertiser.  Click here for a link to Dave's article

Also see our photo gallery for pictures from the event.

"Hawaii travel execs to get an update on Lanai since Larry Ellison bought it"
Pacific Business News reporter Stephanie Silverstein wrote a great piece on our upcoming event.  Click here to read Stephanie's article.

PATA Hawaii Chapter presents: Lana'i
Lana'i - pristine, natural and unspoiled.   Once the largest producer of pineapple in the world, Lana'i has re-emerged as a private island luxury destination and has captured the world's attention since the June 2012 purchase by ownership group Pulama Lana'i, LLC.  At just 13 miles wide and 18 miles long, a population of just 3,000, and just 30 miles of paved roads, Lana'i is known for its beauty, exclusivity and warmth of the community.  Join Lana'i business and community leaders at the Hawaii Prince Hotel to hear the exciting initiatives taking place on the island.  Topics will include tourism updates, air access, new activity offerings, increased employment,  enhancements at Four Seasons Resorts Lana'i, and the future of the island.

UPDATE!  Experience the Taste of Lana'i.  Four Seasons Resorts Lana'i Executive Chef Kevin Erving has created an exquisite three-course menu that captures the flavors and tastes of Lana'i.  From mauka to makai, Chef Erving's menu reflects Four Seasons' commitment to sustainability and seasonality.  His farm-to-table approach features products sourced from local farmers, guaranteeing the finest and freshest cuisine for guests.

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The Pacific Asia Travel Association & Travel & Tourism Research Association Present:

2013 Outlook & Economic Forecast

Over 150 PATA Hawaii and TTRA Hawaii members and guests met at the Hawaii Prince Hotel to gain some insights from top-flight industry leaders, both from here and abroad, as they shared their predictions, trendsand opportunities for the state’s visitor industry in the year ahead.

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2013 Outlook & Economic Forecast
Thursday, January 31, 2013   8:00 am – 1:30 pm
Hawai‘i Prince Hotel Waikiki, Mauna Kea Ballroom

PATA-Hawaii Chapter Presents: Where are we going? Hawaii Tourism Product Keeping Pace with Visitor

We'd like to invite you to the upcoming PATA Hawaii Chapter Luncheon on Thursday, October 11, 2012.
The number of visitors to Hawaii continues to show consistent and upward trends.  As a mature visitor destination, and in order to keep pace with the worldwide growth of new tourism products, Waikiki experts will share what is happening with new tourism development and investment.
Hear from:
Bryan Klum, Executive Vice President, Asia/Pacific Region for Hilton Grand Vacations about "vacation club" development - past, present, and future - here in the islands.
Rick Egged, President of the Waikiki Improvement Association who will present an overview of what has been accomplished over the past years in Waikiki, and what needs to be done to sustain and bolster Waikiki's role as the cornerstone of Hawaii's economy.  He will also provide a preview of the upcoming Waikiki 20/20 conference.
11:30am-12:00pm  - Registration
12:00pm 1:30pm - Lunch and Speakers

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PATA and TTRA Hawai‘i Chapters Present: Annual Industry Holiday Breakfast and Fundraiser

The Hawaii Chapters of PATA & TTRA invite you to our annual Industry Holiday Breakfast and Silent Auction at the beautifully decorated Halekulani. This is a great opportunity to get in the spirit of the holidays, to network with your industry peers, and to support the VASH program.

imageAnd we're pleased to bring you:

Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association (NaHHA), an organization whose mission is to promote Hawaiian culture, values and traditions in the workplace through consultation and education, and to provide opportunities for the Native Hawaiian community to shape the future of tourism.

In addition, Jessica Lani Rich, President and Director of VASH will update us on their efforts to provide services to visitors in need. 100% of donations from our Silent Auction go directly to VASH, a volunteer organization dedicated to helping visitors who have been victims of a crime or other adversities. They provide follow-up assistance in an effort to share the Aloha spirit and create a positive memory of their stay in our islands.

Reservations close Friday, November 30, 2012

PATA-Hawaii Chapter hosts Industry Holiday Breakfast
HONOLULU – On December 3, 2010, PATA-Hawai‘i Chapter, Travel and Tourism Research Association-Hawaii (TTRA-Hawaii) and Meeting Professionals International (MPI) hosted the Industry Holiday Breakfast at the Halekulani Hotel.   Read More...

PATA Hawai‘i Presents: Air Transportation Update With Marsha Wienert
The Pacific Asia Travel Association Presents:

Air Transportation Update With Marsha Wienert
Wednesday, May 12, Noon—1:30pm
Hawai‘i Prince Hotel, Waikiki

PATA Hawaii Chapter update on Waikiki Projects
PATA Hawaii Chapter hosted its third luncheon this year on July 8, 2010.  The speakers provided the attendees with an update from the Waikiki Improvement Association and the Waikiki Business Improvement District Association.  Both the speakers shared their business goals for the year as well as highlights of their organizations’ accomplishments, with the audience. Read more

PATA CEO Greg Duffell in the Honolulu Advertiser
Here's a link to Robbie Dingman's article: Click here for more information

PATA CEO Greg Duffell on KGMB9
Greg Duffell, CEO of the Pacific Asia Travel Association, was featured on KGMB9 and discussed the state of the global tourism industry.  Click here for more information

Reception with Greg Duffell
On June 22, 2009, the Hawaii Chapter Executive Committee held a reception in honor of PATA's new President & CEO, Greg Duffell.  Click through for photos from the event. Read More...

Some Serious Networking (by TIM student, Konrad Talon)
UH TIM School Satellite Chapter President Konrad Talon writes about networking with CEO Greg Duffell and PATA Chapter members.  Courtesy of Kawehi Seller's blog.  Click here for more information

PATA Hawaii Presents: Mike McCartney
The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Hawaii Chapter hosted a luncheon meeting on Thursday, May 28, 2009 at the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki.

Mike McCartney, President & CEO of the Hawai`i Tourism Authority (HTA), shared what HTA is doing to address the challenges that currently face Hawai`i’s visitor industry. He discussed the importance of working together to strategically manage Hawai`i tourism in a sustainable manner.


PATA Hawaii Presents: Annual Industry Holiday Breakfast
“Annual Holiday Industry Breakfast”
Friday, December 4, 2009


The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Hawaii Chapter, in conjunction with TTRA, HHSMA, TIMI, and MPI, will host a breakfast meeting on Friday, December 4, 2009 at Halekulani.

As in past years, a Keep It Hawaii winner will be featured, and there will be a silent auction which will benefit visitor assistance programs throughout the State of Hawaii.

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"Hawaii: Building on Success" by Cammie Foster

Cammie Foster of Travel Agent magazine attended our Tourism Outlook Forecast and wrote a great related article. 


PATA Hawaii Presents: Mark Dunkerley
Over 80 travel industry professionals gathered for PATA-Hawaii Chapter’s April luncheon held at the Hawaii Prince Hotel in Waikiki.  Among them was Ms. Barbara Bryant, PATA Regional Director-North America & Hawaii, who gave a short address at the beginning of the program.  Featured at the event was guest speaker Mark B. Dunkerley, President & CEO of Hawaiian Airlines, who discussed new opportunities for his company in light of difficult economic conditions impacting the U.S. airline industry and its associated impacts on Hawai`i’s tourism industry.


PATA-Hawaii 2006 Chair Gloria Keller-Henderson sponsors scholarship
Jerome A Keller Memorial Announces Scholarship Winner

TheJerome A Keller Memorial has announced that its 2006 scholarship forthe Executive Development Institute for Tourism (EDIT) Programme at theUniversity of Hawaii, at Manoa, School of Travel Industry Management,will go to Mr Leith Isaac of the Papua New Guinea Tourism PromotionAuthority. The scholarship is graciously funded by Ms GloriaKeller-Henderson (pictured) of HNL Travel Associates, Honolulu.


Hawaii Sponsors TIM Student Award
ChapterChairperson and PATA Industry Council member Mrs GloriaKeller-Henderson presented the Outstanding Senior in Tourism Award tothe University of Hawaii School of Travel Industry Management studentMs Xiangru Clara Tang.


"Hawaii Pledges Statewide Aiport Upgrades" by Camie Foster
Camie Foster of Travel Agent magazine attended our Airport Update event and wrote a great related article.  Please click the link to view.


Airport Revisited, Behind the Scenes
The March 22, 2007 luncheon held at the Hawaii Prince Hotel in Waikikiprovided an update on the most recent improvements that the HonoluluInternational  Airport has undergone as well as planned projects forthe near future


Hawaii Superferry —An Overview of Hawaii's Newest Transportation Attraction
Marketing Director, Damon Hylton, provides overview of exciting new service to Hawaii.