September 2015:
In This Issue
A Message from HTA's President and CEO
Market Updates
Automated Passport Control Kiosks Part of Airport Upgrades
Support Veteran Employment in Hawaii's Visitor Industry
Luxury French Cruise Liner Docks in Hawaiian Islands for the First-Time
In the News
Save the Date
Marketing Highlights


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A Message from HTA's President and CEO


 
Aloha,

On behalf of my board and staff, I would once again like to extend a sincere mahalo to all of you who attended our Tourism Conference last month. It was a pleasure interacting and networking with so many of you in our industry, and chatting about our new chapter here at the HTA and how we will be moving forward as an agency.

Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to travel to Japan and meet with many stakeholders and partners in our largest and most mature international market to discuss how we can continue to keep Hawaii top-of-mind with Japanese travelers. Our marketing partner, Hawai'i Tourism Japan (HTJ), continues to implement new and creative ways to market the Hawaiian Islands through innovative campaigns that have helped to keep arrivals from Japan steady.

The recent announcement by the Department of Homeland Security that Narita International Airport has been granted preclearance for passengers entering the United States will be tremendous for our tourism industry and will provide ease of access to all of our Hawaiian Islands. As Japanese visitors are looking for new experiences, the ability to fly direct to the neighbor islands will be a tremendous draw in attracting both first-time and repeat visitors.

We will continue to work closely with HTJ to support their efforts to ensure that our long and close relationship with Japan remains fruitful.

As I continue to visit and gain a deeper understanding of all of our markets, I look forward to meeting with more of you, as well as our local partners that help to promote and sustain our tourism economy.

Mahalo,
George D. Szigeti
HTA President and CEO
Market Updates 

VISITOR DATA

YTD through July                          2015               2014       %Chng

Visitor Expend. ($mil.)            $8,996.9           $8,685.5         3.6%

Visitor Arrivals                       5,092,349         4,885,272         4.2%

The full report is available here
 

AIRLIFT OUTLOOK

Sept. - Nov.                                2015                2014      %Chng

TOTAL SEATS                      2,745,195        2,627,724        4.5%

Domestic                              1,845,210          1,774,223        4.0%

International                           899,985             853,501        5.4%

The full report is available here.

Automated Passport Control Kiosks Part of Airport Upgrades
As an industry, we are constantly looking for ways to enhance the visitor experience from the moment guests arrive in the Hawaiian Islands. We are excited the Hawaii Department of Transportation (DOT) Airports Division will be making upgrades at the Honolulu International Airport that includes the installation of a new Automated Passport Control (APC) program that is expected to ease the process for international travelers, and reduce the amount of time they spend in line.

"An average of 33 scheduled international flights come through Honolulu International Airport on an average day, with between 20 and 25 of these flights arriving during a four-hour period from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.," said George D. Szigeti, HTA president and CEO. "These automated entry kiosks will really help to alleviate some of the congestion for our international visitors and allow them to get through customs quickly to have more time to catch a connecting inter-island flight or experience the Hawaiian Islands."

The DOT anticipates that the APC program will reduce processing time by 30 percent, while continuing to maintain the highest level of safety and security. Thirty two APC kiosks are currently being installed and are anticipated to be completed by November 2015. Read more
Support Veteran Employment in Hawaii's Visitor Industry 
Next to Hawaii's visitor industry, the military is another lead economic driver for the state of Hawaii. With thousands of servicemen and women retiring here, there is a significant number of veterans who call Hawaii home. Next to Hawaii's visitor industry, the military is another lead economic driver for the state of Hawaii. With thousands of servicemen and women retiring here, there is a significant number of veterans who call Hawaii home.

The Veterans Employment Center (VEC) is a resource for veterans to find work in various cities across the nation. The VEC assists veterans by identifying real job opportunities, and providing transitioning service members, veterans and their families with the tools to translate their military skills into careers. The HTA is encouraging partners in the visitor industry to consider posting its job openings on the VEC website to find highly skilled professionals that have served our nation.

Veterans seeking employment through the VEC are able to search through more than 1.7 million jobs to determine the career path that best matches their previous military occupation. Employers can go here to post open positions.
Luxury French Cruise Liner Docks in Hawaiian Islands for the First-Time
Ponant L'Austral, a luxury French cruise liner that can accommodate up to 264 passengers and 140 crew members, docked in the Hawaiian Islands this week. It was the first time the ship has visited the state, and arrived following stops in Alaska and Vancouver. The 16-day cruise stops in Honolulu, Lahaina and Hilo before heading to the Marquesas Islands and French Polynesia.Ponant L'Austral, a luxury French cruise liner that can accommodate up to 264 passengers and 140 crew members, docked in the Hawaiian Islands this week. It was the first time the ship has visited the state, and arrived following stops in Alaska and Vancouver. The 16-day cruise stops in Honolulu, Lahaina and Hilo before heading to the Marquesas Islands and French Polynesia.

"In 2014, there were 125 total cruise ships that came to and toured within the Hawaiian Islands, carrying 243,390 passengers, and providing visitors with unique experiences and the opportunity to see a different side of the Hawaiian Islands," said George Szigeti, HTA president and CEO. "We are pleased that Ponant is visiting our islands, and we look forward to their return."

On Sept. 17, the HTA, Department of Transportation and Cruise Association held a plaque exchange for the crew of the Ponant Cruise Line as it made its first stop in Honolulu. Ponant is planning on returning to the state in 2016 and 2017.
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.