Hawaii Tourism Authority in trouble? Governor Ige talks story with Frank Haas


The elections in Hawaii are in full swing. Hawaii people are angry about immigration, they are equally concerned about tourism. Candidate and current Governor Ige has his hands full, not only fighting for a possible second term but managing disasters in the making. The volcano on the Island of Hawaii and now Tourism, Hawaii’s largest industry – the travel, and tourism industry.

On Friday, Frank Haas had a conversation with Hawaii Governor Ige in the Governor’s office.

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Frank Haas is a principal at Marketing Management. From 2002 to 2007, he was the Vice President of Marketing for the Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA). After leaving HTA, he was the Dean at University of Hawaii Systems.

As a tourism marketing professional, Frank Haas shares concerns about the recent scandals, audits, and news coming from HTA, along with the recent termination of George Szigeti, CEO and President of the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

When Frank Haas had the chance to discuss HTA with Governor Ige on Friday, it was the day George Szigeti was fired. Frank stressed the fact that he has been involved in tourism and thinking about its impacts for a long time.

He shared his concern about the current conditions.

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Juergen Thomas Steinmetz has continuously worked in the travel and tourism industry since he was a teenager in Germany (1979), beginning as a travel agent up through today as a publisher of eTurboNews (eTN), one of the world’s most influential and most-read travel and tourism publications. He is also Chairman of ICTP. His experiences include working and collaborating with various national tourism offices and non-governmental organizations, as well as private and non-profit organizations, and in planning, implementing, and quality control of a range of travel and tourism-related activities and programs, including tourism policies and legislation. His major strengths include a vast knowledge of travel and tourism from the point of view of a successful private enterprise owner, superb networking skills, strong leadership, excellent communication skills, strong team player, attention to detail, dutiful respect for compliance in all regulated environments, and advisory skills in both political and non-political arenas with respect to tourism programs, policies, and legislation. He has a thorough knowledge of current industry practices and trends and is a computer and Internet junkie.