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Hawaii Having A Record Breaking Year For Tourism

World Travel – Tourism

Open Eyes Opinion {source:Hawaii Tourism Authority}

 

Statement Attributable to George D. Szigeti,

President and CEO, Hawaii Tourism Authority

 

 

 

VISITOR SPENDING ON PACE FOR A FOURTH CONSECUTIVE

RECORD-BREAKING YEAR

HTA’s Hawaii Tourism Conference to Discuss Future of Visitor Industry

 

The first half of 2015 started off strong with year-to-date expenditures reaching a record $7.6 billion (+3.5%) and contributing $806.92 million in state tax revenue. While visitor spending is slightly behind target, arrivals are pacing ahead, and we anticipate finishing the year ahead of 2014’s record-breaking numbers.

With more than 1,053 flights per week to the Hawaiian Islands, providing both our visitors and residents with the ability to travel to and from the state, airlift remains the key to our industry’s success.

We continue to work with our partners to grow and maintain airlift, and through our collaborative efforts, project reaching a record 11.9 million total air seats to Hawaii by the end of the year.

To strengthen our ties with the airlines and continue to highlight the unique attributes of the islands, we will also be hosting the first-ever Hawaii Tourism Authority Airline Summit, during which HTA leaders will meet with 15 to 20 airline network planners from across the U.S. and Asia-Pacific regions.

The Summit will be held in conjunction with our 2015 Hawaii Tourism Conference, the state’s premier tourism event, which will include informative sessions and workshops that provide insight, updates, trends and forecasts for the state’s lead economic driver.

As we begin this new chapter at the HTA, we look forward to collaborating and networking with our visitor industry partners, stakeholders, community and government officials and encourage everyone to join us at this year’s Hawaii Tourism Conference.

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[photo credits: “Kalalau Valley viewed from the Na Pali Kona Forest Reserve Pihea Trail” by Original uploader was Gh5046 at en.wikipedia – Transferred from en.wikipedia; Transfer was stated to be made by User:gh5046.. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons – https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Kalalau_Valley_viewed_from_the_Na_Pali_Kona_Forest_Reserve_Pihea_Trail.jpg#/media/File:Kalalau_Valley_viewed_from_the_Na_Pali_Kona_Forest_Reserve_Pihea_Trail.jpg]

 

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