October 2013: In This Issue
MARKET UPDATES
Message from the Hawaii Tourism Authority
HIFF 33, A Celebration of Hawaii's Rich Culture on the Silver Screen
Elite Athletes Test their Limits in Hawaii's Extreme Terrain
Register Now for the 2013 Ocean Safety and Drowning Prevention Conference
In the News
Tourism Legacy Awards (Midweek, 9/3/13)

The Future of Hawaii Tourism (HuffPost Hawaii, 9/4/13)
 
Tourism Continuing to Grow (The Garden Island, 9/29/13)  
Save the Date
Oct. 17-19 (Kauai)

Oct. 27 (Maui)
XTERRA World Champtionship

Nov. 12-Dec. 20 (Oahu)

Nov. 1-10 (Hawaii Island)
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VISITOR DATA

YTD through August           2013               2012        %Chng

Visitor Expend. ($ mil.)   $9,959.6       $9,477.5        5.1%

Visitor Arrivals                5,662,612     5,389,376         5.1%

 
The full report is available here
 

AIRLIFT OUTLOOK

Oct.-Dec. 2013                     2013               2012       %Chng

TOTAL SEATS:                2,649,535      2,614,120          1.4%

Domestic:                      1,727,538      1,788,684         -3.4%

International:                  921,997          825,436        11.7%
 
The full report is available here.

Message from the Hawaii Tourism Authority 

Regarding the Federal Government Shutdown 

and its Effect on Hawaii's Visitor Attractions

We would like to thank our visitor industry and community for their help in continuing to share the aloha spirit with our visitors during the federal government shutdown. While some of our federal attractions remain closed, we appreciate everyone's kokua in informing guests and offering alternative plans. 

 

As a reminder, all of the state and county parks, beaches and trails remain open and none of the state's airports have been affected. However, the following National Parks and federal facilities in Hawaii remain closed including: 

HIFF 33, A Celebration of Hawaii's Rich Culture on the Silver Screen

Filmmakers, movie critics and fans are anxiously looking forward to the 2013 Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF) that opens today. From Oct. 10-20, enjoy screenings of feature films, documentaries and film shorts at various venues throughout the state including the Honolulu Museum of Art Doris Duke Theatre, Sunset on the Beach - Waikiki Beach, Waimea Theatre on Kauai and Palace Theatre on Hawaii Island.

 

The HTA is proud to support this annual event that continues to attract new and repeat visitors year after year. Read more

Elite Athletes Test their Limits in Hawaii's Extreme Terrain

Athletes from around the world will gather in the Hawaiian Islands during the fall and winter to participate in the ultimate sports competitions. From the intense course of the Ironman World Championships on Hawaii Island to the pinnacle of the XTERRA Trail Run Series at Kualoa Ranch on Oahu, Hawaii's landscape and sports venues push athletes further physically and mentally than any other destination in the world. Read more

Register Now for the 2013 Ocean Safety and Drowning Prevention Conference

The Hawaiian Lifeguard Association has partnered with the HTA and the State Department of Health to present the 2013 Ocean Safety and Drowning Prevention Conference on Oct. 17 and 18 at the Hawaii Convention Center.

 

Attendees will learn about techniques to reduce the number of injuries and drownings in Hawaii's aquatic environments. Speakers from the visitor industry as well as ocean safety experts from across the state will cover a variety of topics including what programs are currently being implemented to keep Hawaii's visitors and residents safe. Read more
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.