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Ernie Garcia

Sr. Director Citywide Sales, Meet Hawaii - Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau

Ernie recently joined the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau (HVCB) as Sr. Director, Citywide Sales. Working remotely from the Bay Area, he is responsible for developing business, selling, and promoting Hawaii as a preferred destination for citywide conventions to take place in the Hawaii Convention Center on the island O’ahu. In his new role, he will be handling the corporate market on the West Coast.

Ernie’s career in sales and hospitality spans more than three decades with positions held in Hyatt and Hilton hotels and destination management organizations. Prior to joining HVCB, he served as Director, Citywide Accounts for San Francisco Travel Association for nearly 18 years. He handled the West Coast corporate market specializing in the tech industry. In his role with HVCB, he will be able to do what he does best — lead collaboration and strategic efforts with stakeholders to meet customers’ objectives and deliver successful corporate citywide events.

A native of Honolulu, Ernie received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of San Francisco with a double major in marketing and finance. He enjoys outdoor activities – especially water and snow sports. In the pandemic year, he rediscovered the love of running and is currently putting in an average of 30 miles a week. Since the shutdown, he has also done weekly hikes with groups of friends in various trails throughout the Bay Area. This past year has reaffirmed the importance of spending time with his family, enjoying friends and being healthy. One of the things he enjoys doing in his spare time is community volunteer work – another activity prompted by the pandemic that will ensue.

Ernie believes that things do happen for a reason. As such, his new role with HVCB allows him to have the best of both, which is to be able to live in the Bay Area while representing his island home, Hawaii.