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Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) - Statement Regarding Federal Government Shutdown
Statement Attributable to Mike McCartney, president and CEO Hawaii Tourism Authority
REGARDING FEDERAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN
Despite the federal government shutdown, Hawaii is open for business. All of the state and county parks, beaches and trails remain open and none of the state's airports have been affected. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Towers, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are continuing to operate at Hawaii's airports, as essential personnel.
However, all of the National Parks in Hawaii have been closed, including:
- Ala Kahakai National Historic Trails, Hawaii Island
- Haleakala National Park, Maui
- Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii Island
- Kalaupapa National Historic Park, Molokai
- Kaloko-Honokohau National Historical Park, Hawaii Island
- Puuhonua o Honaunau National Historic Park, Hawaii Island
- Puukohola Heiau National Historic Site, Hawaii Island
- USS Arizona Memorial, Oahu
- USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, Oahu
In addition, the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Visitor Center on Maui and the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge on Kauai have been closed. The Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor and Battleship Missouri Memorial on Oahu will remain open.
The HTA will continue to monitor the federal government shutdown and how it may impact Hawai'i and our visitor industry. We hope that a compromise will be reached soon and this shutdown will have a limited effect on our community and the thousands of federal workers here in the state.
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ABOUT HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY
Who we are:
- Established in 1998, the HTA is the lead state agency for Hawai‘i’s visitor industry
- Responsible for setting tourism policy and direction from a statewide perspective
- Funded through a set percentage of the transient accommodations a tax (TAT) collection that is assessed on hotels, vacation rentals and other accommodations.
- The HTA is headed by President and CEO Mike McCartney, and a 12 member policy-making board of directors who represent the visitor industry, business community, community-at-large, and Hawai‘i’s four counties
- Improve the quality of the Hawai‘i experience
- Contribute to a good quality of life for Hawai‘i residents
- Achieve or exceed:
- Visitor spending targets
- Per person per day spending targets
- Air seat targets
- Visitor spending targets
What we do:
As the state’s tourism agency, one of the HTA’s key strategic roles is brand management, more specifically, managing the promotion of Hawai‘i’s brand, and supporting programs to help deliver on the brand promise. This work requires the HTA, as the overall custodian of the Hawai‘i brand, to ensure the alignment of advertising and marketing programs with a true Hawai‘i experience.
Successful brand management is achieved by the HTA coordinating with global marketing partners, visitor industry partners, including domestic and international airline carriers, travel trade members, and community stakeholders to ensure marketing and communication efforts are on target and appropriate, and aligned with Hawai‘i’s distinctive products, activities, natural resources, Hawaiian culture and multi-cultures–in sum, the Hawai‘i experience.
Relating to the Hawai‘i experience and delivering on the Hawai‘i brand promise, the HTA has the ability to manage, create and support the development of unique tourism experiences such as community and cultural festivals, sporting events, natural resources and community programs. The HTA also directly affects the visitor experience through its support of workforce development and visitor assistance initiatives, all the while integrating the community and residents considerations and respect for the Hawaiian host culture.
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Established in 1998, the HTA is the lead state agency for Hawai‘i’s visitor industry. the HTA has the ability to manage, create and support the development of unique tourism experiences such as community and cultural festivals, sporting events, natural resources and community programs.
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