2020 EAT THINK DRINK 10: OPEN FOR BUSINESS SERIES – LET’S TALK TOURISM
Hosted By: Hawaii Agricultural Foundation
Location: Online via Zoom (registration is required to attend the event)
Event Date: Tuesday, December 15, 2020, 6:00 – 7:00 pm HST.
For this special episode of EAT THINK DRINK, the Hawai‘i Agricultural Foundation (HAF) has partnered with Hawai‘i Lodging and Tourism Association (HLTA) to discuss the road to recovery for the tourism industry.
The mandatory 14-day quarantine, travel restrictions and shutdowns imposed since the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic has almost decimated our visitor industry, displacing an estimated 25 percent of our local workforce. As unemployment numbers skyrocketed to Great Depression levels, it’s clear that Hawai‘i needs its number one industry.
HLTA President & CEO, former City & County of Honolulu Mayor Mufi Hannemann, will open the discussion with his remarks on the far-reaching effects of tourism and the outlook for the state’s top industry going forward. He will introduce economist Paul Brewbaker, Principal of TZ Economics, to provide a contextual frame of reference on the economy and deliver relevant statewide statistics.
The panel will feature:
– John Morgan, President of Kualoa Ranch, Inc.
– Blaine Miyasato, Managing Director, State and Local Government Affairs for Hawaiian Airlines
– Craig Anderson, VP Operations for Mauna Kea Resort
– Joslyn Bantilan, Account Manager – Hotel, Travel Industry for Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Alamo Rent A Car & National Car Rental