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Tourism industry encouraged to recognize Hawaii’s #FacesofTravel

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The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) is encouraging Hawaii’s tourism industry partners to highlight their employees next week during National Travel and Tourism Week, May 7-13. The association’s president and CEO, George D. Szigeti, issued the following statement in support of this important week.

“Tourism is Hawaii’s largest industry and provider of jobs, and National Travel and Tourism Week is the ideal opportunity for our travel partners to show appreciation for their hard-working employees.

“This year’s theme is Faces of Travel and, throughout the week of May 7-13, we encourage Hawaii’s tourism partners to make time each day and recognize their employees as part of our nation’s tribute to travel and the people who make the industry successful.

“Use video, photos and words to tell the story of these employees, how they make travel to Hawaii a wonderful experience, and post it on all social media channels with the hashtags #FacesofTravel and #nttw17. By including these hashtags, the travel industry nationwide will see what a dedicated group of travel professionals are supporting Hawaii’s most important industry.

“Hawaii’s tourism industry supports 190,000 jobs and generated $15.6 billion in visitor spending and $1.82 billion in State tax revenues in 2016. Hawaii’s success is a direct reflection of the pride and professionalism our employees demonstrate every day in treating our guests with aloha and sharing the hospitality that has made the Hawaiian Islands a world-class destination.”

Endorsed by the U.S. Travel Association, National Travel and Tourism Week was established by congressional resolution in 1983 to recognize the travel industry’s impact in supporting the economy, both nationally and in communities around the country. This year’s theme, Faces of Travel, is intended to honor the employees of travel who make the industry successful. Nationally, travel supports 15.3 million jobs and generates $2.3 trillion for the economy. View this video to learn more about honoring the #FacesofTravel during #nttw17.

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