Hawaii Tourism Officials Gear Up for Global Tourism Summit in September

The Hawaii Convention Center
The Hawaii Convention Center

Creating new business leads for Hawaii companies by networking with global tour operators will be accomplished with the B2B Networking Sessions and Japan Summit offered at the 2017 Global Tourism Summit from September 19-21. 

Presented by the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the Global Tourism Summit takes place at the Hawaii Convention Center. 

The summit is expected to bring 2,500 tourism decision-makers, stakeholders and innovators together from Hawaii, the mainland U.S., and international destinations to address the future of tourism. Sustainable tourism is the summit theme. 

To date, roughly 100 domestic and international tour operators and wholesalers from the mainland U.S., Canada, Japan, Korea, China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Southeast Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and Europe have agreed to participate in the B2B Networking Sessions and Japan Summit. More companies are expected to sign up in the coming weeks. 

Hawaii suppliers representing properties, activities, attractions and transportation providers can register and meet with tour operators of their choosing to showcase products, increase awareness about service offerings, and collaborate on new business opportunities. 

“Helping travel industry partners develop new business is a key focus of HTA and the Global Tourism Summit,” said George D. Szigeti, HTA president and CEO, in a written release. “The B2B Networking Sessions and Japan Summit are excellent opportunities to connect local suppliers with tour operators. The registration deadline is July 31, so I encourage all interested attendees to sign up before then and secure a reservation to help grow their business.”

B2B Networking Sessions

Hawaii suppliers for properties, activities, attractions and transportation providers can register to hold pre-scheduled, one-on-one meetings with domestic and international tour operators, wholesalers and marketers. The B2B Networking Sessions take place September 19 from 3:40 to 4:55 p.m. and September 20 from 2 to 3:35 p.m., at the Hawaii Convention Center. Registrants will be notified of the room and meeting schedule. 

Japan Summit

The Japan Summit is a targeted networking session connecting Hawaii suppliers for properties, activities, attractions and transportation providers with top tour operators and travel agents from Japan. The Japan Summit takes place September 20, from 2 to 5 p.m., at the Hawaii Convention Center. Registrants will be notified of the room and meeting schedule. 

Hawaii suppliers wanting to participate in the B2B Networking Sessions and/or Japan Summit must register by July 31. In August, Hawaii registrants will be able to select the companies they want to meet with and discuss potential business opportunities

Visit www.globaltourismsummithawaii.com and www.hawaiitourismauthority.org

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