by CG Kamo at the Publishing Ceremony for Hawaii Travel Guide by Hawaii
Good Morning and Aloha!
It is most encouraging to
see so many people to come out here to celebrate the publication by the
Hawaii Tourism Organization and its like-minded partners, including JCCH,
and the Japanese business community. I am much honored to be invited to this
important event with Lieutenant Governor Schatz and leaders of the
hospitality industry in Honolulu, including many Japanese businessmen. This
is a great example of collaborations of key players in the key industry of
Hawaii. In light of collaboration between Japanese businessmen and their
Hawaiian counterparts, this project is ideal and most beneficial. I am quite
certain that the tourism industries of our two nations have become closer
after they worked together to publish this handbook.
You have done a great job
in creating this beautiful Travel Guide for enticing Japanese tourists, in
particular, school excursions from Japan to Hawaii. It contains vital
information that everybody wants to know about his trip to Hawaii. Hawaii
has natural attraction to Japanese. The hand book successfully portrays what
Hawaii can offer best to visitors from Japan by giving some concrete ideas
of what they can get. I welcome their thoughtful emphasis on the Big Island
as a new destination, filled with educational opportunities and fun for
young people to enjoy and learn from.
I was told that we have
some participants here who are engaged in tourism in Japan, working as tour
operators and representatives from the local governments. Now that we have
an excellent Travel Book, what we are to do next is to make the most of it.
It is extremely important that we make a good outreach in the Japanese
market with our new weapon called Travel Book. So much is dependent on our
follow up work to score a genuine success out of this book.
Last but not least, I would
take advantage of this opportunity to express my deep appreciation for the
outpouring of sympathy and donations by the people of Hawaii. Lieutenant
Governor Schatz took the initiative in establishing the “Aloha for
Japan” fundraiser. His initiative reminded us that we are so fortunate to
be connected with Hawaii so deeply. Thank you Hawaii and we all look forward
to deepening our relationship even further. This Travel Book certainly will
help us get closer.
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1742 Nuuanu Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96817 USA