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September 2012: In This Issue
HTA Forecasts Growth in 2012 Air Seats
HTA Celebrates the 2nd Annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival
OVB "Hot & Hip Honolulu" Press Trip A Hit
Pacific Links Hawaii Kicks Off Inaugural Golf Tournament
2011 Annual Visitor Research Report Now Available
Hawaii Tourism Conference A Success
Save the Date!
Upcoming Sporting Events
  HTA in the News
Passengers Boost Hawaii's Cruise Ship Industry (Hawaii News Now, 9/9/12)

Nix the Tiki Bar: Tourism Moves Toward Authenticity (The Maui News, 9/8/12)

New Focus on Travel a Success (Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 9/5/12) 

Visitor Industry Still Enjoying Red-Hot Streak (Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 8/30/12)


Garden Isle Feels Impact of Hawaii's Tourism Boom (Pacific Business News, 8/24/12) 
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HTA Forecasts Growth in 2012 Air Seats   

Every month, the HTA reviews its forecast of air seat capacity to Hawaii. With recent announcements of new routes and increased airlift to the Hawaiian Islands, the HTA anticipates even greater growth in air seats this year. Total scheduled air seat capacity is expected to surpass 10 million seats in 2012, 9.0 percent over last year and up from the 7.7 percent growth originally project in February 2012. By the end of the year, total air seat capacity to the state is expected to reach 99 percent of peak 2007 levels.  

 

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HTA Celebrates the 2nd Annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival 

 

The HTA is proud to have sponsored the second annual Hawaii Food & Wine Festival held on Thursday, Sept. 6 through Sunday, Sept. 9. The four-day premier epicurean festival hosted more than 60 world-class chefs, four master sommeliers, top-tier winemakers, local farmers and artisan food producers and innovators from across the Pacific. The Festival anticipates having attracted more than 3,000 attendees to its special events held at The MODERN Honolulu, Halekulani, Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa, Hyatt Regency Waikiki, Ko Olina Resort with Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa and JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa.

 

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OVB "Hot & Hip Honolulu" Press Trip A Hit 

From Sept. 5-10, 2012, the Oahu Visitors Bureau hosted a "hot and hip" themed press trip that focused on Oahu's unique adventure experiences, dining options, nightlife and exciting festivals and events. Itinerary highlights included tours of several farms in West Oahu and the North Shore; a visit to Shangri La and the Honolulu Museum of Art; exclusive First Friday tour with a special sneak peak at local fashion designer Andy South's new studio; a once in a lifetime experience to swim with the dolphins on a Wild Side Specialty Tours charter; Hawaii Food & Wine Festival events, including an excursion to the Heeia Fishpond and evening tasting events; and more.

 

Pacific Links Hawaii Kicks Off Inaugural Golf Tournament  
The HTA is pleased to sponsor the inaugural Pacific Links Hawaii Championship which tees off this week at the Kapolei Golf Course. The 54-hole stroke tournament will be held on Friday, September 14 through Sunday, September 16. This is an official PGA Champions Tour full field event featuring the top Champions Tour players. Notable players include Greg Norman, Tom Kite, Fred Funk, among others. The Golf Channel will be televising the tournament nationwide, promoting Hawaii's amazing golf courses, activities and aloha spirit to approximately 83-million homes throughout the United States. The tournament is also being broadcast in China, while Champions Tour telecasts air live, tape-delayed or packaged highlights in more than 133 million households in 117 countries. For more information about this event or to purchase tickets, visit: www.pacificlinkshawaiichampionship.com
2011 Annual Visitor Research Report Now Available   

The HTA's Tourism Research division provides statistical and analytical information and research on Hawaii's visitor industry to enable and empower stakeholders to make informed decisions and develop programs and services in support of the state's tourism economy. The HTA's 2011 Annual Visitor Research Report offers detailed statistics on Hawaii's visitor industry performance in 2011 in comparison with 2010 visitor data, including visitor characteristics and expenditures categorized by major market areas, visitor profiles, spending, room inventory, hotel occupancy, room rates, and air seat capacity. To view the full report, please click here.

Hawaii Tourism Conference A Success  
Mahalo again to everyone who made the 2012 Hawaii Tourism Conference a success, including more than 600 registrants and presenters representing stakeholders from Hawaii and around the world. Photos from the event are available on our Flickr and Facebook web pages. Presentations from the conference are also available on the HTA website here. Special guest speaker, Assistant Secretary for Manufacturing and Services within the International Trade Administration discussed the Obama Administration's National Travel and Tourism Strategy, highlighted here
 
2012 HTA Conference
Save the Date! 

 

66th Annual Aloha Festivals

Aug. 31-Sept. 28, 2012

Various locations statewide 

For more information, please click here

Ka Welina Network Presents Aha Ike
Sept. 13, 2012
Kokokahi YWCA Atherton Hall
For more information, please click here

2012 Kauai Mokihana Festival
Sept. 16-20, 2012
Various locations on Kauai
For more information, please click here

Mealani's Taste of the Hawaiian Range
Sept. 21, 2012
Hilton Waikoloa Village
For more information, please click here

Oct. 3, 2012
Hawaii Convention Center
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Upcoming Sporting Events
Supported by the HTA
 
Sept 12-16, 2012 at Kapolei Golf Course 
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Sept. 14-6, 2012 at Honokahau Harbor
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Sept. 16, 2012 at Kahului
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Sept. 23-30, 2012 at Kapiolani Park
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