Hawaii Hawaii restaurant mogul appointed to U.S. travel promotion board By Shane Nelson / September 19, 2010 Share 1 -- Hawaii restaurateur Roy Yamaguchi was among 11 tourism industry leaders from around the country selected for the board of directors of the Corporation for Travel Promotion. The nonprofit Corporation for Travel Promotion was created as part of the Travel Promotion Act. Funded by private business and entry fees paid by travelers from countries in the Visa Waiver Program, the CTP will promote travel to the U.S. and work to improve the visitor entry process. A James Beard Award winner, Yamaguchi opened his first Roy’s restaurant in Honolulu in 1988. His Hawaiian fusion cuisine has European and Asian influences. There are 31 Roy’s worldwide: six in Hawaii, 23 on the U.S. mainland and one each in Japan and Guam.