NEW YORK (Sept. 11, 2014) ─ U.S.-based travel advisors can now apply to participate in Questex Hospitality + Travel’s fifth-annual Hawaii Travel Exchange event, to be held Nov. 16-19 at the Grand Wailea Resort on the island of Maui.
Presented by Travel Agent and Luxury Travel Advisor magazines along with partner Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau, the popular program is designed to educate travel professionals on the unique selling opportunities each Hawaiian Island has to offer.
Hawaii Travel Exchange is designed to connect Hawaii suppliers with top-producing travel professionals who actively book leisure travel. The four-day event will deliver in-depth educational seminars, prescheduled one-to-one meetings with exhibitors and exclusive networking opportunities.
Advisors also will take part in a three-day, post-familiarization trip hosted by the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau’s individual Island Chapters, showcasing their respective destinations.
“Through our various touch points with travel advisors, we continue to have a high interest to learn more about Hawaii,” said Robyn Basso, the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau’s senior director travel industry partnerships. “There are so many differences among the six Hawaiian Islands and the best way to understand what they are is having the travel advisors gain first-hand knowledge and experience the destination. We are thrilled to again be working with Hawaii Travel Exchange to accomplish that.”
Participating travel advisors must go through a pre-event screening process for the invitation-only program, which includes a comprehensive application that profiles booking habits. Advisors are pre-qualified based on their current and prospective business. References are required for approval.
“Interest in Hawaii Travel Exchange has grown exponentially,” said Melody Tauchman, director of attendee relations for the event, attributing its success, in part, to the fact that participants are carefully vetted and that the program offers a strong Hawaii-focused educational component.
For more details and to access the application, visit Hawaiitravelexchange.com