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Travel Weekly names Hawaii best U.S. State Destination

By Staff | Jan 7, 2010

HONOLULU — The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA), the state agency for tourism, announced that Hawaii has been chosen by Travel Weekly as the winner in the Best U.S. State Destination category for its seventh annual Readers Choice Awards. 

In addition, Maui was recognized within the Hawaii category as Best Destination.

 “We are truly honored that Hawaii has been chosen for such a prestigious award,” said Mike McCartney, HTA’s president and chief executive officer. 

“A big mahalo to the Hawaii Visitors and Conventions Bureau, its island chapters and Hawaii’s visitor industry employees for their outstanding efforts, support and hard work throughout the year.” 

Travel Weekly is the nation’s leading information source for the travel industry, reaching more than 180,000 readers each week. 

Their “best of the best of the travel industry” awards are

widely recognized and presented annually to industry members who have achieved excellence in product and service during the year. 

Nominees and award recipients were selected by Travel Weekly’s readers — a group comprised of expert travel professionals.  

“This award is special in that it was voted on by Travel Weekly readers themselves,” said McCartney. 

“HTA will continue to work with our marketing partners and Hawaii’s visitor industry to ensure that our islands continue to be recognized as a desirable and premier travel destination.”

For more information on HTA and its Product Development Program, visit www.hawaiitourismauthority.org.