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November 16-19, 2014
Grand Wailea Resort
Maui, Hawaii

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Hawaii Travel Exchange Alumni Ambassadors to Mentor New Advisors

NEW YORK (Sept. 29, 2014) ─ First-time travel advisors attending Questex Hospitality + Travel’s fifth-annual Hawaii Travel Exchange event, to be held Nov. 16-19 at the Grand Wailea, A Waldorf Resort, on the island of Maui, will have plenty of mentorship and guidance thanks to the event’s Alumni Ambassadors.

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.
The role of the Alumni Ambassadors is to mentor those advisors who are attending for the first time. Melody Tauchman, director of attendee relations for the event, said the ambassadors were selected based on their leadership skills, positive outlook, passion for Hawaii and successful sales history selling the Hawaiian Islands.
 
“Throughout the Exchange and post fam trips, the ambassadors do an amazing job of answering questions, directing and guiding advisors and introducing advisors and suppliers during networking sessions,” she said.
 
The ambassadors also will sit on a panel entitled Making the Most of One-to-Ones, just before the one-to-one appointments begin and share a brief overview of their sales successes and key insights about how to make the most of a six-minute appointment with suppliers by turning it in to a relationship that translates into future business.
 
“Last year’s panel was so well received that we are not only offering it again this year, but expanding it,” said Robyn Basso, the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau’s senior director travel industry partnerships. “Because Alumni Ambassadors have attended several past events and are successful sellers of Hawaii, they can be tremendous resources for new attendees. We are grateful for their passion and willingness to help new delegates get the most out of their participation.”
This year’s Alumni Ambassadors are:
 
  • Neal Miller, Neal Miller Travel Company, Atlanta, Georgia
  • Sandy Keel, Avoya Travel/AX, Jacksonville, Florida
  • Todd DuBose, Springdale Travel, Mobile, Alabama
  • Patti Lehman, The Travel Agent Inc, Carmel, Indiana

 

Applications Being Accepted for Hawaii Travel Exchange in Maui

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.
 

Hawaii Travel Exchange Heads to Kauai in December

 

NEW YORK, NY (April 4, 2013) ─  Questex Hospitality + Travel, the world's largest multinational media, event and e-commerce company serving the global hospitality and travel industry, today announced that its fourth annual Hawaii Travel Exchange will be held Dec. 1-4, 2013, at the Kauai Marriott Resort in Hawaii.

The exclusive, invitation-only program, presented by Travel Agent and Luxury Travel Advisor magazines along with partner Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau, will bring together top-producing travel advisors from across North America on a fully hosted basis.

Advisors will have the opportunity to meet with suppliers representing a range of Hawaii- focused vacation products during prescheduled one-to-one meetings, exclusive networking opportunities, on-site property inspections and educational sessions.

“We are very excited to head to Kauai this year and continue our partnership with the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau and island chapters,” said Jennifer Fernandez, Hawaii Travel Exchange group show & event director. “Hawaii Travel Exchange not only affords participating advisors the chance to connect directly with key supplier partners, it also enables them to gain a better understanding of the Hawaiian cultural heritage and diverse selling opportunities each island has to offer their clientele, all while experiencing first-hand the islands’ warm hospitality.”

According to Fernandez, 100 percent of travel advisors and suppliers who previously attended the event said it “met or exceeded their expectations,” and 96 percent said they expected to book business within the first six months following the event.

Julie Zadeh, managing director of travel trade marketing for the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau and a certified travel counselor, welcomed the Hawaii Travel Exchange back for the fourth year. “The beautiful island of Kauai will host this premier event in 2013, bringing together Hawaiian suppliers and travel professionals to learn, share and grow their mutual business,” she said.

Travel advisors are selected based on a review of their transactions and volume of business booked, categories of bookings, specialization and other criteria. Hawaiian 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.

For more information, visit HawaiiTravelExchange.com or contact Hawaii Travel Exchange group show & event director, atloren@hawaii.rr.com