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Economists, travel experts to gather in Honolulu for outlook, economic forum

The Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) and the Travel and Tourism Research Association (TTRA) Hawai‘i Chapters will host its 2016 Annual Outlook & Economic Forecast Forum on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2016 at the Hawai‘i Prince Hotel Waikiki. Attendees will hear from economists and visitor industry experts regarding market conditions, upcoming challenges and forecasts for 2016.     

“In 2015, we saw visitor arrivals post the sixth consecutive year of growth,” said Evan Jordan, PhD, assistant professor at University of Hawai‘i at Manoa’s School of Travel Industry Management and PATA Hawai‘i president. “We wanted to bring together a panel of experts to talk about what’s next for Hawai‘i and provide insights to the evolving behaviors of leisure travelers.” 


Forum schedule:

8 a.m.:                        Registration (coffee and light pastries)

8:30-10 a.m.:               Session I: Economic Trends & Forecasts

                                   Moderator: Chris Kam, Hawai'i Visitors & Convention Bureau

                                   Eugene Tian, Ph.D., chief economist, Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism

                                   Joseph Toy, president & CEO, Hospitality Advisors, LLC

                                    Paul Brewbaker, principal, TZ Economics


10:10-11:45 a.m.:        Session II: Industry Perspectives

                                  Toni Marie Davis, executive director, Activities & Attractions Association of Hawai'i

                                  Gregg Fraser, executive director, Hawai'i Restaurant Association

                                  Michael Tam, chair, Retail Merchants of Hawai‘i; owner & CEO Martin & MacArthur


12-1:30 p.m.:               Lunch & Keynote Speaker: Leisure Travel Behavior

                                  Jeffrey Eslinger, senior director, Account Services, DK Shifflet & Associates, Mc Lean VA president, Travel and Tourism                                       Research Association


To register, visit The deadline to register is Jan. 29, 2016. The cost is $145 for PATA and TTRA members; $185 for non-members.   

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