This is one of the best programs I had ever attended. Some lectures have a good balance of academic and real scenarios. The field trips are excellent and the sharing brings new perspectives. I have learned a lot from it and will take time to review and apply it.  -John Low, National Association of Travel Agents Singapore (2008 EDIT graduate)

I have just received a contract for a promotion to a senior position here at the Canadian Tourism Commission. I am taking on the role of Executive Director, Strategy Management. Many thanks to the great learnings, thinking and discussion at the EDIT program. It really helped elevate my thinking.  -Paul Nursey, Canadian Tourism Commission (2008 EDIT graduate)

The Executive Development Institute of Tourism Program (EDIT)

For nearly four decades, the Executive Development Institute for Tourism (EDIT) at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa has provided professionals from the travel and tourism public and private sectors with the knowledge and skills to work effectively in this environment of change and innovation. The flagship program at the School of Travel Industry Management builds leadership proficiency and managerial skills for rising executives, heads of businesses and leaders of governmental agencies from public and private sectors.


The twelve day institute offers a rigorous and interactive curriculum. The program prepares leaders to develop strategic approaches to international destination marketing, product development, and international tourism policy. Hawai‘i is the ideal learning environment within a living laboratory due to decades of planning and managing tourism growth.


Graduates from EDIT report that they appreciate the breadth and depth of the program, enabling them to take on increased leadership and executive roles since participating.  The program encourages participants to broaden and develop higher-level thinking skills for creativity and enterprise in the travel industry, and expands professional networks with industry colleagues from the Pacific Asian regions and other parts of the world.