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Kelvin Bloom Elected

Hawaii Tourism Authority announces new board chair

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eTN  Jun 16, 2008

The board of the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) has announced the election of Kelvin Bloom to serve as its chair at a board meeting held today at The Lodge at Koele on Lanai. Bloom has served on the HTA board since 2006.

“As the current vice-chair, Kelvin has brought his enthusiasm and a new perspective to the Authority,” said Rex Johnson, president and chief executive officer of the HTA. “Additionally, his extensive background in the visitor industry provides a valuable perspective for HTA’s board. I am confident that his knowledge and leadership will continue to guide HTA as we strive to manage Hawaii tourism in ways that will benefit both our residents and visitors.”

Bloom succeeds Douglas Chang who has served two consecutive terms as board chair. Bloom has more than 30 years of experience in Hawaii’s visitor industry and is currently the president of ResortQuest Hawaii, LLC.

Previously, Bloom was the founding president of Castle Resorts & Hotels and the chief operating officer of The Castle Group. Prior to joining Castle Resorts & Hotels, he served as vice president of the Hawaii region for Village Resorts. An active member in the community, Bloom also serves on many boards including the Hawaii Hotel & Lodging Association, Waikiki Improvement Association, Pacific Rim Bank and Manoa Valley Theatre.

The Hawaii Tourism Authority was created in 1998 to ensure a successful visitor industry well into the future. Its mission is to strategically manage Hawaii tourism in a sustainable manner consistent with their economic goals, cultural values, preservation of natural resources, community desires, and visitor industry needs.

Hawaii Tourism Authority announces new board chair

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