Hawaii Hospitality - September/October 2013 - (Page 3)
Talk STorywith George Szigeti
Aloha to Our New Team Member
We are pleased to welcome Brandon
Coming up Sept. 20 is Na Mea Makamae o
R. Barbour to HLTA as our new director
Waikiki, a benefit for the Waikiki Community
of government and community affairs.
Center honoring Mel Kaneshige, Outrigger
He takes over for Tina Yamaki, who,
Enterprises, TS Restaurants and Jerry Gibson,
after many years of stellar service with
managing director of the Hilton Hawaiian
the HLTA, left in June to join Roberts
Village. We hope that many of our members will
support this event because sponsorship helps
Barbour most recently worked
the Waikiki Community Center, which makes a
for U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz as his
difference in the lives of more than 20,000 in-need
community affairs representative on
seniors, children and families each year.
education, foreign relations, social
Good news for Hawaii marketers and golf
services, consumer protection and
aficionados: The PGA is returning to Hawaii
other areas of policy. He also served
through the Pacific Links Foundation. The
as communications liaison for Schatz
Champions Tour will once again bring a stellar
during part of his term as lieutenant governor. Barbour
roster of golfers to compete in mid-September at the Kapolei
has also worked for Olgoonik Global Security and the U.S.
Golf Club. This will be a great opportunity for our visitors and
Department of State in Washington, D.C., where he was a
locals alike to enjoy the “elite” field of Champion Tour Players
liaison to the Hawaii Host Committee for the 2011 APEC
in the greatest of settings at Kapolei.
It’s been fun to watch hundreds of movie extras terrified,
In his new role, Barbour will work closely with
fleeing and screaming their way through the streets of Waikiki
government and elected officials on behalf of HLTA members,
while being chased by an imaginary Godzilla that—through
as well as oversee many community and charitable programs,
the magic of special effects—will soon come to life on film.
including the annual Visitor Industry Charity Walk. We
It’s just another example of the film industry continuing to
welcome Barbour to our team and look forward to his
find Hawaii an attractive place to shoot movies and shows.
contributions in serving our members.
It’s great for people working in the business here, great
There’s a big change taking place at the Hawaii
for keeping the Islands in the spotlight and in this case, an
Convention Center (HCC) that will have measurable impact
enjoyable experience for the hundreds of extras who can say,
on the fortunes of Waikiki hoteliers. AEG Facilities, a division
“Look Mom, I’m in the movies!”
of Anschutz Entertainment Group, has been selected by the
I look forward to seeing many of our members at our 186th
Hawaii Tourism Authority to manage the center and work
General Membership Meeting at the Sheraton Kauai Resort
collaboratively with the “Meet Hawaii” team in marketing the
in October. It should be a wonderful time together during
Hawaiian Islands as a meetings destination.
which we can meet and enjoy all that we have to be thankful
Based in Los Angeles, AEG has a presence in more than
for living and working in this beautiful state.
100 venues on five continents and plans to position the HCC
in key meetings, conventions and incentive (MCI) markets,
George D. Szigeti is president & CEO of the Hawaii Lodging &
especially in the Asia-Pacific region. SMG Hawaii, which has
Tourism Association (HLTA).
managed HCC since it opened in 1998, will continue the job
until AEG’s contract commences Jan. 1, 2014.
HTA is also looking into enhanced uses for HCC,
including the development of a center for Hawaiian music
and dance that will honor and perpetuate our unique host
culture, while creating an attraction to draw visitors and
residents to the facility.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Hawaii Hospitality - September/October 2013
Garden Isle's Ohana
Visitor Sector Renovations
Featured Department: Housekeeping
HLHF Expo Recap
Clean Talk with Rose
Talk Story with George Szigeti
Association News/News Brief
Hawaii Hospitality - September/October 2013