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Hawaii hopes to say 'aloha' to Gulf tourists

Pacific Ocean island is eager to tap into market for mega-rich Arab tourists

Hawaii hopes to say 'aloha' to Gulf tourists
Hawaii Tourism Association has appointed tourism ambassadors in both Gulf countries (Getty Images)

Hawaii is eager to tap into the
Gulf tourism market and the Pacific island paradise has recruited a number of regional tourism
ambassadors to help promote the US state to Arab holidaymakers.

The Hawaii Tourism Association
(HiTA) has linked up with the Unique Choice travel agency in Doha and the
National Vocation Company in Saudi Arabia to market the US-run Pacific Ocean

HiTA has also appointed tourism
ambassadors in both Gulf countries and will host a marketing event for Arab
travel agents at the International Pow Wow conference in Los Angeles next
month, with agents from Saudi, Qatar, the UAE, Kuwait and Oman due to attend.

“I am pleased to see we're now
able to reach out to these high-spending visitors from the Gulf region. We hope
the visitor industry in Hawaii will share our excitement and help us to make
this event a success for everyone,” said Juergen Steinmetz, president of

“Currently, we are generating
increasing travel from new regions around the globe. We have ambassadors
appointed in Qatar, Saudi Arabia, India, Singapore, Colombia, Slovenia,
Austria, Nepal, Russia, and are going through applications received from 88
countries,” he added.

Emirates Airlines, Qatar Airways,
Etihad Airways, Saudi Airlines and Oman Air all have direct access to US
gateways, with domestic onward flights to Hawaii.

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Vijay 8 years ago

this is a great initiative! keep it up!