TIM alumni induct Toy, discuss travel trends

June 23rd, 2011  |  by  |  Published in UHAA News

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Hall of Honor inductee Joseph Toy

The University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa School of Travel Industry Management’s TIM International honored Joseph M. Toy (MS ’00) as the 2011 TIM Alumni Hall of Honor inductee.

Toy was inducted during the 45th annual Celebrate a Legacy in Tourism event April 21 at the Hilton Hawaiian Village in Honolulu. TIM International also honored Mark Dunkerley, president and CEO of Hawaiian Airlines, for his leadership in making Hawaiʻi’s hometown carrier one of the world’s best airlines.

Toy is the president and CEO of Hospitality Advisors, a Honolulu‐based firm that specializes in a wide range of consulting services to the hospitality, tourism and real estate industries.

Together with Smith Travel Research, Hospitality Advisors publishes the monthly Hawaiʻi Hotel Flash Report, which is the state’s largest hotel survey and official source for hotel statistics.

After earning a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin with a double major in accounting and finance and designation as a specialist in international business, Toy’s UH graduate studies focused on resort and tourism development. He has 30 years of international management consulting and public accounting experience, taking international assignments in Sweden, Brazil, England, France, Cyprus, Australia, China, the Caribbean, Hong Kong, the Philippines, India, Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Guam, Saipan, Samoa, Tonga and the Cook Islands.

A certified public accountant, Toy is a member of the International Society of Hospitality Consultants.

Alumni participate in Bill Lane Lecture event

Three TIM alumni discussed national tourism trends with a focus on a sustainable Hawaiʻi during the school’s 2011 Bill Lane Lecture. Panelists were

  • Marta Hayden (’69), chief business architect for the award-winning Sonoma County Tourism Bureau. Hayden was the first woman to head Meeting Professionals International, and she has served on the boards for the American Society of Association Executives and the Society of Incentive Travel Executives.
  • Kevin Iwamoto (’77), vice president of enterprise strategy for StarCite. Iwamoto has more than 20 years experience in managing corporate travel and meeting programs.
  • David Kong (’71), president and CEO of Best Western International and chairman of the American Hotel and Lodging Association. Kong has 39 years of experience including managerial positions at Hyatt Hotels, Omni International, Regent International and Hilton hotels and completed the Executive Development Program at Northwestern University’s Kellogg Graduate School of Management. He is serving his third consecutive term on the U.S. Travel and Tourism Advisory Board, which provides counsel to U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke on government policies and programs that affect the U.S. travel and tourism industry.

The free public lecture on the UH Mānoa campus April 20 was moderated by fellow alum Ted Sakai (’82).

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