April 2013: In This Issue
Growing Hospitality Career Opportunities for Hawaii's Youth
LPGA Returns to the Hawaiian Islands
Mele Mei Kicks Off this Month
Hawaii Convention Center RFP Available Online Now
In the News

Music renewal in Waikiki (Honolulu Star-Advertiser, 3/25/13)

Hawaii gets 8 percent more visitors in February (Bloomberg Businessweek, 3/29/13)  
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YTD through February                2013              2012        %Chng

Visitor Expend. ($ mil.)         $2,659.0          $2,471.5           7.6%

Visitor Arrivals                    1,357,371         1,269,983           6.9%

The full report is available here


April-June 2013                        2013               2012         %Chng

TOTAL SEATS:                      2,669,926        2,427,149           10.0%

Domestic:                           1,788,423         1,689,899            5.8% International:                        881,503            737,250          19.6%

The full report is available here.

Growing Hospitality Career Opportunities for Hawaii's Youth
The HTA has partnered with ClimbHI, a local non-profit organization, to support its 2nd Annual Hospitality Career Development LEI (Leadership, Exploration, Inspiration) program, which provides high school students statewide with an opportunity to learn about viable career options in the hospitality industry. Read more 


LPGA Returns to the Hawaiian Islands

After a three year hiatus, the LPGA returned to the Hawaiian Islands in 2012 with the new LPGA Lotte Championship presented by J Golf, the LPGA's television rights holder in Korea. The event will commence this weekend on Sunday, April 14 and continue through Saturday, April 20 at the Ko Olina Golf Club course. The pro-round will be from April 17-20 and include 144 female golf professionals who will compete for the $1.7 million purse, including international golfers like Ai Miyazato (last year's winner), Hyo-Joo Kim, Na Yeon Choi, Yani Tseng, Stacey Lewis and Hawaii's own Michelle Wie. Read more 

Mele Mei Kicks Off this Month

Mele Mei is a month-long celebration of Hawaiian music and dance. The 3rd annual festival kicks off on April 26th and runs throughout the month of May, with more than 30 events including Hawaiian music concerts, hula conferences, workshops and demonstrations, the 36th Annual Na Hoku Hanohano Awards Show, luncheon and dinner shows honoring Hawaiian music and dance pioneers, and festivals like the Hawaii Book & Music Festival. Read more 

Hawaii Convention Center RFP Available Online Now

The HTA issued a Request for Proposals to provide management of the Hawaii Convention Center (HCC). The HTA welcomes submittals from qualified organizations that have proven experience in convention, exhibition or other major public assembly management, including collaboration in sales and marketing for the meetings, convention and incentive (MCI) business.Written proposals are due no later than May 21, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. in the manner described in the RFP. To download the RFP, click here.

HTA recognizes the use of the 'okina ['] or glottal stop, one of the eight consonants of the (modern) Hawaiian language; and the kahakō[ā] or macron (e.g., in place names of  Hawai'i such as Lāna'i).  However, HTA respects the individual use of these markings for names of organizations and businesses.  Due to technological limitations, this current communication may not include all Hawaiian diacritical markings.