Hawai‘i Tourism Reopening Consortium Webinar - Restoring Travel from Japan

On behalf of the University of Hawai‘i Shidler College of Business Alumni Association and the Travel Industry Management International, Inc, we would like to invite you to join us for our webinar series on supporting the reopening of Hawai‘i’s tourism industry. The webinars are designed to stimulate ideas for solutions that can be implemented by Hawaii businesses, tourism stakeholders, hospitality workers and the general public. 

Each webinar will include 4-5 local industry leaders speaking on aspects necessary to effectively resume commerce and will be presented via a live zoom feed that will be free to the public. 

This season will feature a  panel discussion on restoring travel from Japan 


  • Tsuneo Ishida, President & General Manager, JTB Hawaii 
  • Hiroshi Kuroda, Regional Manager, Hawaii Region, Japan Airlines
  • Maki Kuroda, CEO/President, Waikiki Trolley
  • Steve Sombrero, EMBA ’94, Chairman of the Board of Directors, Japan-America Society of Hawaii 
  • Eric Takahata, BBA ’90, Managing Director, Hawaii Tourism Japan


  • Dave Erdman, President & CEO, PacRim Marketing Group
  • Toby Tamaye, President, AT Marketing

Topics Include:

  • Current situation of Japanese international travel 
  • Pretesting/opening travel to Hawai‘i updates
  • Perspectives from the Japanese airline industry
  • How tour agencies will operate 
  • Transportation challenges and how to overcome them  
  • Travel anxiety discussion
  • Travel seasonality & forecast
  • Estimated visitor demographics in 2021
  • Innovation in Covid packaging and travel concepts
  • Marketing & communication changes

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