Exploring the Economic Impact of the University of Hawaiʻi on Oʻahu’s Tourism

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2015-08
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Borge, Chelsy-Mei
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Seo, Kwanglim
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Travel Industry Management
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University of Hawaii at Manoa
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The purpose of this study is to determine whether or not the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa (UH-Mānoa) is a major contributing factor to Oʻahu’s tourism. This study argues that the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa should be valued as a factor that promotes tourism on Oʻahu. Being the largest campus on Oʻahu, UH-Mānoa attracts a significant number of domestic and international students annually. All of the students relating to the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa will bring significant economic benefits to Oʻahu’s tourism industry. However, these economic benefits to Oʻahu’s tourism industry have not yet been thoroughly investigated. The objectives of this study are: 1) to investigate the economic impact of the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa on Oʻahu’s tourism industry and local economies using data from the Hawaiʻi Tourism Authority and RIMS II input-output model and 2) to create awareness and emphasize the importance of UH-Mānoa on Oʻahu’s tourism industry and local economies. This study expects to find the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa as one of the major contributors to Oʻahu’s tourism industry and local economy. Therefore, the findings of this study can encourage the academic and industry collaboration to enhance the value of partnerships in Hawaiʻi.
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University of Hawaiʻi, economic impact, visitor expenditures, input-output model, Oʻahu tourism
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33 pages
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