By Diane Ako
HONOLULU (KHNL) - The tourism market is in a slight downturn, but Hawaii is still one of the top tourist destinations in the globe. That's according to travel industry expert Joe Toy at Hospitalty Advisors. Toy says in the latest surveys, Hawaii stacks up well against leisure destinations like the Carribean, Mexico, the Bahamas, Thailand, and Florida.
Toy says Hawaii ranks third on a national list of top 25 hotel markets, behind Phoenix and Miami. He says, "Hawaii is a US destination but an exotic location. It has all the conveniences of a US destination but the flavor and appeal of an exotic location. It's very cosmopolitan, and obviously has some of the best beaches in the world."
That's just one of the topics to be discussed at a Pacific Asia Travel Association (PATA) Hawaii Chapter luncheon meeting on Wednesday, May 16, 2007, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki.
The goal is to update travel industry professionals about lodging industry trends in the national and Hawaii markets. Jennifer Chun, chair of the PATA Hawaii Chapter, says, "PATA Hawaii is proud to bring together the distinguished panelists who will share their expertise on how best to apply current lodging industry data and trends."
Featured Speakers: Mark Lomanno President, Smith Travel Research; David Carey President & CEO, Outrigger Enterprises Group; Joseph M. Toy President, Hospitality Advisors, LLC.
Smith Travel Research (STR) is the lodging industry's leading information and data provider with the most comprehensive database of hotel performance information ever compiled. Outrigger Enterprises Group is one of the largest and fastest-growing hospitality services companies in the Pacific. Outrigger is a family-owned company with 60 years of hospitality experience. Hospitality Advisors, LLC is Hawaii's leading hospitality consulting firm specializing in strategic, financial, market and economic analysis for Hawaii's visitor industry.