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Registration open for HTA conference in August

June 13, 2013
Maui Weekly

The Hawai'i Tourism Authority (HTA) will hold its annual Hawai'i Tourism Conference, 'Aha 'Oihana Ho'omaka'ika'i, on Aug. 22 and 23 at the Hawai'i Convention Center. The two-day conference is Hawai'i's premier tourism stakeholder event featuring local, national and international leading experts in their fields sharing insight on tourism issues and trends.

Themed "Defining the Next Chapter," the conference offers highly informative sessions to engage and learn from presenters on key topics in today's ever-evolving travel industry. Attendees can look forward to connecting with experts discussing everything from hotels and airlift to the economy and social media, and discover ways to continue the success of one of the state's leading economic drivers.

Editor-at-large for National Geographic Traveler and best-selling New York Times author Andrew McCarthy will be this year's keynote speaker. McCarthy will share some of his personal stories of the transforming effect of travel and his perspective on what visitors seek in travel.

The conference will also hold concurrent sessions, round-table and panel discussions on airlift and the modernization of Hawai'i's airports, emerging markets, and more, where attendees can hear from industry experts. In addition, the HTA will recognize businesses and/or individuals in the industry and community who have helped to perpetuate the Hawaiian culture during the Tourism Legacy Awards Luncheon.

The conference agenda can be downloaded at Registration fees include educational sessions, breakfasts, lunch and reception. Early bird rates are available through July 30.

To register for this event, visit or call (808) 489-7238.



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