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HTA Seeks Public Input on Future Tourism

todayOctober 6, 2020 215

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Via: The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) would like the public’s input on how the state and counties can reset tourism in Hawaii through destination management, prioritizing community, cultural and environmental needs?

Guided by its 2020-2025 Strategic Plan, one of HTA’s newest initiatives is the creation of a Destination Management Action Plan (DMAP) for each county in Hawaii through its Community-Based Tourism program.

  • Goal: create four individual action plans that will provide an appropriate balance between the economic benefits of tourism and impact on local services, natural and cultural resources, and residents’ quality of life.
  • Purpose: rebuild, redefine and reset tourism’s direction over a three-year period through a collaborative process.
  • Focus: mindful tourism recovery followed by the long-term desired tourism for each island.

In partnership with the counties and respective visitors bureaus, steering committees comprised of residents who represent not only the communities they live in, but also the visitor industry, different business sectors, the community and non-profit organizations, were created to guide the critical discussions.

The steering committees for Kauai, Maui, Molokai and Lanai began meeting in September. Hawaii Island’s steering committee will meet starting this month, and Oahu’s will convene in January 2020.

The ideas generated during the steering committee meetings will be shared with the public during a series of interactive community meetings that will be held online via Zoom from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on the dates below.

  • Participants must reside on the respective island, since these are island-specific actions.
  • Space is limited.
  • Registration is required.
  • The community meetings will also be posted on HTA’s website for those who are unable to attend.

The Hawaii Island Community Meeting is set for November 17, more information is forthcoming. Click here for the latest updates.

Other key dates and details to register are

The public will also have the opportunity to review proposed actions and provide input via a webform at

Proposed actions will be available on the website the week of October 15 for Kauai, and the week of October 19 for Maui Nui.

To learn more about HTA’s Community-Based Tourism program

Written by: Cosmic Cowgirl

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