The School of Travel Industry Management (TIM) celebrated its 50th Anniversary with a gala “Celebrate a Legacy in Tourism” event on Thursday, March 31, 2016, at the Sheraton Waikīkī.
570 people attended to honor HAWAII FIVE-0 and Executive Producer, Peter Lenkov, as the TIM Legacy recipient in the field of creative media. Noel Trainor, Principal of Savoy Consulting LLC, was presented with the TIM Distinguished Service Award and TIM alumnus, Daniel Chun, Regional Manager—Sales & Community Marketing—Hawaiʻi, for Alaska Airlines was inducted into the TIM Alumni Hall of Fame.
“This is the first time ever that the TIM Legacy winner comes from the field of creative media,” said Thomas Bingham, dean of the TIM School. “It is also fitting because 2016 is of particular significance as the TIM School commemorates its 50th anniversary as a premier tourism education program that has produced leaders for our industry not only in Hawai‘i but also nationally and internationally,” added Bingham. “Since we have previously honored hoteliers, airlines, travel publisher, honoring HAWAII FIVE-0 would highlight this important media segment of the visitor industry.”
“I’ve always believed that the Hawaiian Islands are the true stars of the HAWAII FIVE-0 series,” said Peter Lenkov, executive producer of HAWAII FIVE-0. “The majesty of your beaches, mountains, cities and lush forests, unlike any other place on the planet, take viewers on a tropical adventure in paradise each week. And for us to be able to convey the beauty of your great State and bring film-making, tourism and jobs to Hawai‘i is a great honor, one that we are grateful for and something we never take for granted,” he added.
“I am truly honored to have been selected to receive the Distinguished Service Award from the University of Hawaii, TIM School,” stated Noel Trainor upon receiving his award. “There are, indeed, many attendees here tonight who qualify and are very worthy of receiving this very distinguished recognition. I am grateful as well as excited. Thank You."
On his induction into the TIM Alumni Hall of Honor Daniel Chun stated, “While I know that I should have done more to deserve this, I am completely humbled and grateful, and it really just encourages me to do more - to be sure that I live up to this incredible recognition and all of our many distinguished alumni worldwide.”
100% of the net proceeds raised from the “Celebrate a Legacy in Tourism” event go to fund scholarships for deserving TIM students.