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Hawaii Travel Exchange to Connect Suppliers and Agents

June 11, 2010 By: Staff


Susan Haigh-Bishop of Kaanapali Beach Hotel, Stan Fujioka of Castle Resorts, Patsy Narimatsu of Outrigger Resorts, Lori Flores of Castle Resorts, Nancy Daniels of Outrigger Resorts, Julie Zadeh of the Hawaii Visitors & Conventions Bureau, and Richard Oshiro of Miramar Waikiki

Celebrating Hawaii as a premier leisure destination, The Travel Group is proud to announce the inaugural Hawaii Travel Exchange to be held October 25-27 in Honolulu.

The event will bring together 150 hosted, pre-qualified agents who are actively booking and/or have future business in Hawaii with local suppliers representing hotels and resorts, spas, destination management companies, destinations and tour companies servicing the area.

“The Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau is very excited about the Hawaii Travel Exchange. For agents who have not visited Hawaii before, the event will provide the tools and experience to effectively sell and market Hawaii to their clients,” remarked Julie Zadeh, managing director of travel trade marketing for the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau. “For agents that have not visited Hawaii recently, the exchange will provide fresh, new and exciting information and experiences to share with their clients.”

During the three-day exclusive event, both agents and suppliers will be able to take part in multiple exciting networking opportunities, a top-notch educational program and pre-arranged meetings to provide an intimate one-on-one experience. Topics to be covered during the educational sessions include island chapter seminars, tour operator seminars and working roundtable discussions.


Chris Reisch of MC&A, John Votsis of Trump Tower, and Jim Palank of Starwood Hawaii

“Hawaii is a popular leisure destination and our goal is to continue to drive traffic to the region through education and new relationships that will be built between suppliers and travel agents at the event,” said John McMahon, vice president and group publisher of the Travel Group. “Our proven formula of the most read magazines, the most looked at websites and the most attended events will be replicated for the Hawaii market, resulting in greater exposure of the Hawaiian product to the travel professional community.”

What will travel professionals be discussing at the event? Check out the video below for more:

A proven track record for success, the Hawaii Travel Exchange will partner with the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau and will also be supported by the same producers of Luxury Travel Expo, the most established and influential luxury travel tradeshow in North America.

Travel agents interested in participating as a hosted or partially hosted attendee should contact Christina Belenky, marketing director, at 212-895-8277 or via e-mail at [email protected].

Suppliers interested in participating in the event should contact Alicia Evanko, event director, at 212-0895-8266 or via e-mail at [email protected].

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