Wahine Power

Many of Hawaii’s most influential positions in the travel industry are filled by women

By: Duke Anderson

It is surely no revelation to you that Hawaii is one of the world’s premier travel destinations. You are certainly familiar with the ubiquitous images of sandy beaches, warm waters, swaying palm trees and lush, tropical foliage. Perhaps, however, you are not quite so familiar with the forces driving tourism in this island paradise.

So what makes Hawaii’s travel industry tick? You might be a bit surprised by the faces behind the West’s tourism powerhouse. Starting with the governor’s office, many of Hawaii’s most influential positions in the travel industry are filled by women. TravelAge West recently brought together a number of these women to see what they had to say about Hawaii’s largest industry (see cover story, page 12).

These professionals form a powerful cadre of true movers and shakers. Don’t think for a minute that this group is gently applying a “ladies’ touch” to this tourist mecca. These female executives bring years of experience to their respective positions, and are using their talents to the fullest to enhance the tourism industry in Hawaii. The results of their hard work and vision for the future of tourism in Hawaii will shape your clients’ visits for years to come.

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