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December 2012: In This Issue
End of Year Message from Mike McCartney
E-Bulletin Survey
Hawaii Welcomes World-Class Sporting Events this Winter
Save the Date!
  HTA in the News
  Calendar of
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Mahalo for a Successful 2012  


On behalf of the Hawaii Tourism Authority board of directors and staff, I would like to express a sincere mahalo to the state, counties, community and the visitor industry for their support in a successful year for Hawaii's tourism economy.

We are supported by nearly 154,000 hard working men and women in the industry that work 365 days a year, 24 hours a day. They demonstrate and share the aloha spirit with our guests, which truly sets us apart from other destinations and make the Hawaiian Islands a special place to live and visit.  


E-Bulletin Survey 
In an effort to provide you with pertinent information on Hawaii's tourism industry, the Hawaii Tourism Authority is conducting a survey on its monthly e-bulletin. Your input will help us determine the types of stories and articles that are most beneficial to you. The survey consists of five questions and should take only a few minutes of your time.


Mahalo to everyone that has taken the survey. 


Hawaii Welcomes World-Class Sporting Events this Winter 

With ideal year-round climate and diverse environments, the Hawaiian Islands have become home to world-class sporting events. Winter kicks off a season of high caliber events including participatory sports like the Xterra Trail Run World Championships and the Honolulu Marathon, to spectator sports like the Sony Open and the Pro Bowl. These events provide unique experiences for both residents and visitors while enhancing Hawaii's economy, image and quality of life. These winter sports attract more than 59,000 visitors and resident attendees and generate approximately $100 million in expenditures.


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Save the Date! 
2012 Vans Triple Crown of Surfing
Nov. 12-Dec. 20, 2012 
North Shore of Oahu 

16th Annual Festival of Lights
Dec. 1-31, 2012
Historic Kauai County Building, Kauai

Wailea Wine & Food Festival
Dec. 6-9, 2012 
Various locations at Wailea, Maui 
Diamond Head Classic
Dec. 22-23 & 25, 2012
Stan Sheriff Center, Oahu

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl
Dec. 24, 2012
Aloha Stadium, Oahu

Jan. 27, 2013 
Aloha Stadium, Oahu 

2013 Hawaii Tourism Conference
Aug. 22-23, 2013 
Hawaii Convention Center, Oahu 
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