While Hawaii’s robust spring-back toward pre-recession business levels begins to level off, the regrowth of Maui’s tourism sector is still climbing. The latest stats from the Hawai’i Tourism Authority show that the state’s largest economic sector is very healthy – and Maui is a major contributor to that health.
HTA CEO Mike McCartney released the following statement:
“Total visitor expenditures reached $11 billion (+4%) and total visitor arrivals surpassed 6 million (+4.5%) during the first three quarters of the year and continue to pace ahead of 2012, despite the dip in arrivals and spending in the month of September. Year-to-date through September 2013, Hawai‘i’s tourism economy has contributed $1.15 billion in state tax revenue, $45 million more than same time last year.
“Maui maintained a steady growth in expenditures (+5.2% to $2.7 billion) and in visitor arrivals (+3.6% to 1,800,186) year-to-date. This positive momentum can be partially attributed to an increase in total air seats directly to Kahului (+5.4% to 1,403,892) as well as a large influx of visitors from Japan (+19.7% to 62,604).
“Year-to-date results reflect our ongoing efforts to create a more sustainable tourism economy through diversification. With an additional $2 million in legislative funding for international marketing, the HTA has been able to nurture developing global markets, which are collectively up nearly 10 percent in visitor arrivals and spending. Furthermore, despite a decline in total Japanese outbound travel, arrivals to Hawai‘i out of this market have remained stable due to an increase in seat inventory and new routes from Japan to the Hawaiian Islands.
“In attracting visitors from new markets, the ratio of first-timers, who tend to spend more, has also increased in September (+38.5%), in comparison to the year-to-date average of 35 percent. The HTA also continues to focus on marketing unique visitor experiences on each of the Hawaiian Islands to enhance distribution across the state. As a result, visitor arrivals and expenditures on all neighbor islands have continued to increase through September 2013.
“We will continue to monitor the effects of the federal government shutdown and delicate global economy to ensure the sustainability and success of our tourism industry.”
Maui continues to lead the state in growth of both visitor arrivals and spending. However, the growth “spurt” for the state is tapering off. Hawai’i Tourism Authotity CEO Mike McCartney issued the following overview:
“As we come out of the peak summer travel season, visitor arrivals and spending for the year continue to surpass 2012. While the growth in August was not as robust as in previous months, it is important to note that due to continued efforts to increase distribution statewide, we have been successful in increasing total expenditures on the neighbor islands. Year-to-date tourism has contributed $1.04 billion in state tax revenue, $50 million more than same period last year.
“Year-to-date, Maui continues to experience steady growth in arrivals at 3.9 percent. Visitors from Japan (+19% to 54,117) increased by double-digits for the first eight months of the year with U.S. West (+3.2% to 768,669), U.S. East (+2.1% to 453,795) and Canada (+2.1% to 175,743) arrivals remaining stable. For the first eight months of the year, Maui’s per person per day spending increased (+5.2% to $192.80) contributing to an overall increase in expenditures (+9.1% to $2.5 billion).
“We anticipate seeing a slowing in arrivals and expenditures as we enter the fall shoulder season. We will continue to monitor the fluctuating fuel costs, strengthening of the dollar against international currencies and other economic conditions, which have been impacting visitor length of stay.
“It is important that we recognize that the volatility of the market and competition could hinder the growth of our state’s lead economic driver and resource, which currently supports 170,000 jobs statewide, one Hawai‘i job for every 47 visitors.
“Our visitor industry connects the Hawaiian Islands to 50 gateway cities from around the world, and we will continue to work with our airline partners to expand direct service and frequency to the Hawaiian Islands. Diversifying and increasing access from growing and emerging markets like Beijing, Shanghai, Taipei, Auckland and secondary U.S. cities help us to maintain and grow market share for Hawai‘i.
“We want to extend a sincere mahalo to the community for their support and for playing a crucial role in our tourism industry’s success. Our people, place and culture is our competitive advantage and make the Hawaiian Islands a one-of-a-kind destination. Tourism benefits us all, and it is important that we work together to ensure its sustainability and success.”
Read the entire visitor statistics report here.
HONOLULU - Hawai’i State Tourism Authority CEO Mike McCartney, had glowing words about the performance of Maui County in the latest release of visitor statistics.
McCartney stated, “Hawaii’s tourism economy has done well and we are pleased with year-over-year increases in visitor expenditures and arrivals. While 2012 was a record year, 2013 arrivals are up 5.5 percent and expenditures up 5.7 percent year-to-date. Our overall economy is recovering with low unemployment and a strong state budget, which is a direct result of the collective efforts of our visitor industry and good will from our community.
“Visitors from around the world continued to choose the Hawaiian Islands during the first seven months of 2013. So far this year, visitors spent an average of $41 million per day – $20 million on Oahu, $11 million in Maui County, $5 million on Hawaii Island and $4 million on Kauai, which supports more than 167,000 jobs and has provided $911 million in state tax revenue year-to-date.
“In order for us to maintain this momentum, it is important that we continue to invest in our destination and we are grateful for the renewed funding from the Hawaii State Legislature to achieve this. Maintaining and increasing air access, distributing visitors across all of the Hawaiian Islands, and diversifying our market mix by increasing our Meetings, Conventions and Incentives (MCI) business, will be priorities as we look to the second half of the year. In the long term, it is important that we support the development and redevelopment of our communities to improve the infrastructure and quality of life in master planned regions, such as Ko Olina, Banyan Drive in Hilo, Wailea, Princeville and Kona.
“We anticipate continued growth for our tourism economy during the second half of the year. However, we must be cognizant of the strengthening dollar and the overall rising cost of a Hawaii vacation. We must be innovative and work harder to remain price competitive, while offering a quality and authentic visitor experience that best highlights our people, place and culture.
“We must remember that it is our collective efforts that have led to our recovery. It is important for us to continue to work together to maintain this momentum and build upon the success of our visitor industry to further Hawaii’s economic recovery into 2014.”
Read the entire report here.
HONOLULU – The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the state’s tourism agency, today announced the selection of AEG Facilities to manage the Hawaii Convention Center (HCC). AEG Facilities, one of the world’s leading venue management organizations, will be responsible for the management and operation of the HCC, as well as working collaboratively with the HTA’s “Meet Hawaii” team in marketing the convention center and the Hawaiian Islands as a premier business destination. On the losing end of the deal is SMG Hawaii – the company that has managed the HCC since its opening in 1998.
AEG Facilities has more than 20 years of experience in the management of convention centers, as well as arenas, stadiums and other facilities. They offer a network of elite worldwide convention centers, all of which have a similar look and feel to Hawaii’s convention center. With a presence in more than 100 venues on five continents, the Los Angeles-based organization will be able to immediately position the HCC in some of the HTA’s key Meetings, Conventions and Incentive (MCI) markets, especially in the Asia-Pacific region.
“This announcement represents the rebirth of the convention center for a new era in Hawaii,” said Mike McCartney, president and CEO of the HTA. “Our three priorities are to focus on further strengthening our “Meet Hawaii” sales and marketing strategies, realigning HCC’s operations and management to elevate the facility’s global presence, and enhancing and expanding the function, use and service beyond a traditional convention center.”
While the total tax revenue of the HCC has covered the cost of operations over the years, the HTA believes there is opportunity to perform at a more optimal level. AEG Facilities will be responsible for boosting and optimizing usage of the facility. Their global presence and influence will be a tremendous asset in increasing bookings and drawing international visitors for Hawaii’s growing MCI market, which is in line with the HTA’s strategic plan for diversification and sustainability of Hawaii’s tourism economy.
“We are honored to have been selected by the Hawaii Tourism Authority to manage the Hawaii Convention Center,” said Bob Newman, president, AEG Facilities. “We are truly excited to partner with the HTA and all of the hospitality stakeholders to build on the foundation in place and attract new and diverse events to the facility. We also believe that the unique cultural attributes of the region will truly be another asset that will set the Hawaii Convention Center above all others.”
AEG Facilities’ is uniquely qualified to be able to deliver its partners and clients resources that are proven to increase event activity, revenue generation and proven cost containment programs through proprietary programs such as AEG Encore, AEG 1Force, AEG 1Earth, AEG Energy Services, AEG S.A.F.E., AEG 1Community and company divisions such as AEG Live and AEG Global Partnerships.
The HTA and its board of directors will continue efforts to study enhanced uses for the convention center, including the development of a center for Hawaiian music and dance that will strive to honor and perpetuate Hawaii’s unique host culture, while creating an attraction to draw visitors and residents to the facility.
“The Hawaii Convention Center is an essential resource for the state of Hawaii and it is important that we work towards ensuring its continued success. AEG Facilities has the ability to take the convention center to the next level and compete on a global scale,” said Ron Williams, HTA board chair.
The HTA’s current contractor, SMG Hawaii, will manage the HCC through December 2013 with AEG’s contract commencing Jan. 1, 2014. SMG Hawaii has managed the HCC since its opening in 1998.
“We want to extend a sincere mahalo to SMG for what they’ve done for Hawaii. They are a part of our history that we will always treasure and honor. When the HCC first opened, they faced many challenges in establishing Hawaii’s image as a serious MCI destination. During their 15 years, they were able to secure numerous conventions, drawing thousands of attendees from across the globe. They also played an essential role in the success of the 2011 Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Week held in the Hawaiian Islands,” added McCartney.
SMG Hawaii currently employs approximately 70 employees. The HTA is working closely with AEG in their efforts to retain a majority of the HCC staff, as well as ensure a smooth transition when their new contract takes effect.
HONOLULU – The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the state’s tourism agency, has issued two Requests for Proposals (RFP) for tourism destination marketing management services
in China and Taiwan. The HTA welcomes submittals from qualified organizations that have proven experience in destination management and representation services in the China and Taiwan markets.
The HTA will select the offer determined most advantageous to Hawaii’s tourism economy, taking into consideration multiple factors including applicant qualifications, experience,
sales and marketing approach and price, in accordance with the evaluation criteria set forth in the RFPs.
The new contracts under the RFPs will replace the current contract that ends on Dec. 31, 2013. The HTA plans to award the new contracts in August 2013, which will
run for two years from Jan. 1, 2014 through Dec. 31, 2015, followed by as many as three one-year contract renewal options that may be exercised at HTA’s sole discretion.
Written submittals are due no later than Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at 4:30 p.m., HAST(Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time) in the manner described in the RFPs.
The RFPs will be available beginning Monday, May 13, 2013 at the HTA office (Hawaii Convention Center, first level at 1801 Kalākaua Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii
96815), during business hours (7:45 a.m.-4:30 p.m.) or may be downloaded online at www.hawaiitourismauthority.org. The HTA will not accept any mail requests for the RFPs.
Inquiries regarding the RFPs should be directed to the HTA procurement officer, Mr. Doug Murdock, either in person at HTA’s office, by telephone at (808) 973-2255 or via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HONOLULU – The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the state’s tourism agency, has issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to provide management of the Hawaii Convention Center (HCC) in Honolulu, Hawaii. 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.
Drawing from U.S. and international markets, Hawaii’s MCI business is unique, impacted by geographic location, multi-island make up and the destination’s resort-orientation. Within this environment, the HTA seeks to maximize the HCC’s economic impact, provide first-class service, understanding of cultural protocol to its customer base, and continually plan for and improve the MCI destination experience.
The HTA will select the offer determined most advantageous to Hawaii’s tourism economy, taking into consideration multiple factors including applicant qualifications, experience, sales and marketing approach and price, in accordance with the evaluation criteria set forth in the RFP. The selected organization will support the HTA’s “Meet Hawaii” MCI efforts.
The new contract under this RFP will replace the current contract that ends on December 31, 2013. The HTA plans to award the new contract in July 2013, which will run for five years from Jan. 1, 2014 through Dec. 31, 2018.
Written proposals are due no later than May 21, 2013 at 4:30 p.m., HAST (Hawaii-Aleutian Standard Time) and in the manner described in the RFP.
The RFP will be available beginning Thursday, April 4, 2013 at the HTA office (Hawaii Convention Center, first level at 1801 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815), during normal business hours (7:45a.m.-4:30p.m.) or may be downloaded online at www.hawaiitourismauthority.org. The HTA will not accept any mail requests for the RFP.
Inquiries regarding this RFP should be directed to the HTA procurement officer, Mr. Doug Murdock, either in person at HTA’s office, by telephone at (808) 973-2255, or via e-mail at email@example.com.
Established in 1998, the Hawaii Tourism Authority, the state’s tourism agency, is responsible for strategically managing tourism to optimize benefits for Hawaii that integrates the interest of visitors, the community and visitor industry. Tourism is our state’s leading economic driver and largest employer and the HTA continually works to ensure its sustainability well into the future. For more information on the HTA, please visit www.hawaiitourismauthority.org, find us on Facebookor follow us on Twitter (@HawaiiHTA).
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