In an episode that airs tonight on MTV, a new traveler has found himself in a different kind of danger than the one he experienced a year ago when he was traveling from New York to Hawaii.
The first episode of the new series, “Hawaiian Safe Travels,” has a twist.
Instead of a travel stop in Hawaii, the new traveler is heading to the island of Maui for a family reunion.
In an exclusive interview with ABC News, Hawaii State Tourism Authority (HSTA) commissioner Tom Mazzone said the agency is thrilled with the series and plans to expand it beyond Hawaii.
“The show is about Hawaii, and the state has a really strong connection with Hawaii,” Mazzon said.
“The first thing that people notice when they go to Hawaii is the Hawaiian flag.
They say ‘Hawaiians are always nice.’
They love Hawaii.”
Mazzon added that HSTA is also pleased with the feedback the new episode has received from tourists from all over the world.
“I’m very pleased with how it has been received, especially from tourists in the United States, who are using the show to learn about Hawaii,” he said.
Hawaii is a popular destination for travelers from around the world, and its reputation is so strong that it has become a hot spot for tourists looking for a different type of experience than the standard “tourism” experience that most cities offer.
Hawaiia’s tourism industry employs about 10,000 people, and tourism revenue is expected to reach $1.2 billion by 2021.HSTa is looking forward to expanding the series, which will be shown in a number of cities in the next several months.
The agency is currently looking for another pilot and hopes to have it up and running by summer of 2021.
Hawkeye Teller is a reporter for ABC News.