Presented by Luxury Travel Advisor and Travel Agent magazines with partner the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau, the event fully immerses travel sellers on the islands of Hawaii. The 2012 event will be held October 21-24 at the Marriott Waikoloa Beach Resort & Spa on the Big Island, Hawaii.
"We are excited to bring Hawaii Travel Exchange to the Big Island. Opportunities are endless for travel advisors looking to leverage this amazing destination to their clients," said Jennifer Fernandez, group show and event director, Hawaii Travel Exchange. "From the event's meal functions to the appointments, the educational program and more, advisors will be able to experience the same warm hospitality and tradition of the islands and, in turn, learn how to create more revenue by selling Hawaii."
“Now in its third year, we’re delighted to bring this excellent event back to Hawaii for 2012,” says Julie Zadeh, managing director of Travel Trade Marketing, Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau. “This year had more than 500 applicants for our 150 hosted travel agent invitations. Based on the overwhelmingly positive response from participating travel agents the last two years, we are confident that this event will serve as an instrumental tool to refresh and educate sellers on the merits of the Hawaiian Islands for years to come.”
The event brings pre-qualified agents who have a proven booking history to visit the Hawaiian Islands for a four day program including pre-scheduled, one-to-one appointments, informative Hawaii-focused educational sessions, site inspections and multiple networking opportunities. Select participants will also be able to experience Kauai, Maui and Oahu.
Suppliers in attendance will represent the entire state including each of the island chapters, hotels and resorts, spas, cruise lines, tour operators, transportation companies, attractions, activities and airlines.