Hawaii HTA to hold annual tourism conference in Aug. By Shane Nelson / June 02, 2013 Share 1 -- The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) will hold its annual Hawaii Tourism Conference on Aug. 22 and 23. The two-day event will take place at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu and include presentations as well as roundtable and panel discussions with industry experts covering “everything from hotels and airlift to the economy and social media” along with strategies to sustain the state’s tourism business long-term, according to HTA officials. Andrew McCarthy, probably best known for his acting roles in the films “St. Elmo’s Fire,” “Pretty in Pink” and “Weekend at Bernie’s,” will be the event’s keynote speaker. Now an editor-at-large for National Geographic Traveler and a best-selling New York Times author, McCarthy will share some of his personal insight on the transformative effect of travel and his perspective on what visitors want. The HTA’s global marketing partners, including the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau, which manages North American marketing for the Hawaiian Islands, will also present their 2014 plans. Early-bird registration fee (by July 31) is $175 per person and includes includes all educational sessions, breakfasts, lunch and reception. The Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki is offering a rate to all conference delegates of $189 (plus taxes).To find out more, go to www.hawaiitourismauthority.org/about-hta/hta-events/2013-hawaii-tourism-conference.