Hawaii Tourism Authority

01/13/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 01/13/2018 20:24

1/13/2018 False Missile Alert Issued by the Hawaii Emergency Management Agency

For Immediate Release: January 13, 2018

HTA Release (18-06)

Statement by George D. Szigeti, President and CEO, Hawai'i Tourism Authority RE: False Missile Alert Issued by the Hawai'i Emergency Management Agency

HONOLULU - George D. Szigeti, president and CEO of the Hawai'i Tourism Authority (HTA), issued the following statement commenting on the false alert about an inbound missile coming to Hawai'i that was mistakenly issued by the Hawai'i Emergency Management Agency.

"This morning's false alert was regrettable and completely avoidable. There was no reason for the alert to be issued and the public needs to know that it was simply a mistake caused by human error. Our governor and the director of the Hawai'i Emergency Management Agency have made strong public assurances that this type of mistake will never happen again, and we should all take that to heart.

"Already, procedures have been improved to ensure that an error of this magnitude is not repeated. The health and welfare of our residents and visitors is always the State of Hawai'i's top priority and no agency takes that responsibility more seriously than the Hawai'i Emergency Management Agency.

"We have been in contact with our tourism stakeholders to inform them of today's false alert and reassure them that Hawai'i's safety and security is unaffected by today's unfortunate incident. There is no cause for travelers with trips already booked to Hawai'i or considering a vacation in the islands to change their plans. Hawai'i continues to be the safest, cleanest and most welcoming travel destination in the world and the alarm created today by the false alert does not change that at all."

About the Hawai'i Tourism Authority

The Hawai'i Tourism Authority is responsible for strategically managing the State of Hawai'i's marketing initiatives to support tourism. HTA's goal is to optimize tourism's benefits for Hawai'i, while being attentive to the interests of travelers, the community and visitor industry. Established in 1998 to support Hawai'i's leading industry and largest employer, HTA continually strives to help ensure the sustainability of tourism's success.

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