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  • Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority Awards Funding to Enrich Community Efforts in 2022

    Continuing its reinvestment in Hawaii’s communities, the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority (HTA) has announced it is awarding $2.9 million in funding to support 86 community-based projects, festivals and events through its Community Enrichment program for 2022.

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  • The Island of Hawaiʻi Visitors Bureau Welcomes Rachel Kaiama as Destination Manager

    The Island of Hawaii Visitors Bureau (IHVB) announced today that Rachel Kaiama has joined its team as Destination Manager. In her newly appointed role, Kaiama will oversee the implementation and reporting of Hawaii Island’s Destination Management Action Plan (DMAP) and Community Enrichment Program. The goal is to rebuild, redefine and reset the direction of tourism over a three-year period, while enhancing residents’ quality of life and improving the visitor experience.

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  • Oʻahu Visitors Bureau Appoints Catherine Orlans as Destination Manager

    The Oʻahu Visitors Bureau (OVB) has appointed Catherine Orlans as destination manager. A new position funded by the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority (HTA), as destination manager Orlans will be responsible for implementation and oversight of the Oʻahu Destination Management Action Plan (DMAP), as well as Oʻahu’s Community Enrichment Program (CEP). Orlans lends extensive experience in the hospitality industry, sales and marketing, as well as sustainability to the new position.

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  • Kauaʻi Visitors Bureau Names Patricia Ornellas as Destination Manager

    The Kauaʻi Visitors Bureau (KVB) announces Patricia “Patti” Ornellas as the organization’s destination manager. In this newly created position funded by the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority (HTA), Ornellas will lead efforts to implement and execute the goals and vision of Kauaʻi’s Destination Management Action Plan (DMAP), with an emphasis on perpetuating Kauaʻi as a destination focused on regenerative tourism and mindful travel.

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  • Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau Announces New Destination Manager

    The Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau (MVCB) announced the appointment of Meagan DeGaia as destination manager, effective today. In this newly created position being funded by the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority (HTA), DeGaia will be responsible for supervising, managing, implementing and reporting on the Maui Nui Destination Management Action Plan (DMAP), its Community Enrichment Program (CEP), as well as signature events within Maui County.

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  • Lynn Whitehead joins HVCB's Meet Hawaiʻi Team as Senior Director, Citywide Sales

    The Hawaiʻi Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB) welcomes strategic sales leader Lynn Whitehead as Meet Hawaiʻi’s Senior Director, Citywide Sales. In the role, Whitehead will be responsible for covering the eastern U.S. region, promoting Hawaiʻi as a preferred destination for citywide conventions and generating citywide leads and bookings for the Hawaiʻi Convention Center and MCI hotels.

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  • HVCB’S Meet Hawaiʻi Team Appoints Adrienne Nudo As Senior Director, Citywide Sales Midwest Region

    The Hawaiʻi Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB) welcomes sales veteran Adrienne Nudo as Meet Hawaiʻi’s Senior Director, Citywide Sales Midwest Region. In her role, Nudo will be responsible for covering the Midwest U.S. region, promoting Hawaiʻi as a preferred destination for citywide conventions and generating citywide leads and bookings for the Hawaiʻi Convention Center and MCI hotels.

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  • Hawaiʻi Visitors and Convention Bureau Launches Kamaʻāina Special Offers Program

    The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB) announces the launch of a program geared exclusively toward kamaʻāina, offering Hawaiʻi residents new and exciting specials on accommodations, activities, attractions, shopping, dining and more throughout the Hawaiian Islands.

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