WASHINGTON (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaii restaurateur Roy Yamaguchi, the founder of Roy's and a partner in the Outback Steakhouse chain, has been confirmed by US Commerce Secretary Gary Locke as the newest board member of the Corporation for Travel Promotion. The nonprofit corporation is a new entity created by Congress this year to promote tourism to the United States.
Senator Daniel Inouye thanked Locke for confirming Yamaguchi, saying he is one of Hawaii's best businessmen and that his entrepreneurial experience would help in marketing the US brand to the world.
"Roy took his love of local food and blended it with the best of the Asia-Pacific Rim to create a Hawaiian fusion cuisine that has inspired a following in the 33 US cities that are home to his restaurants" said Inouye.
President Obama signed the bill creating the Corporation for Travel Promotion into law in May. It is America's first national tourism promotion program.