It was “Aloha!” all around as Hawaii Tourism and its partners brought their Canadian roadshow to Vancouver last week.
Hawaii Tourism is represented in Canada by VoX International, who along with principal sponsor WestJet Vacations and photography sponsor Air Canada Vacations, hosted 110 eager and engaged agents for an evening at the Rosewood Hotel Georgia. The event began with a trade show, followed by dinner presentations and supplier roundtables. Here are highlights of each presentation and roundtable supplier sessions:
Air Canada Vacations
ACV offers affordable packages to Hawaii, with year-round flights to Maui and Honolulu, and seasonal flights (late December to April) to Kona. Attraction tickets and excursions can also be prebooked in Canadian dollars, and Aeroplan points can be used towards packages.
With 50 properties covering four major Hawaiian islands, Aston offers family condo accommodations while Aqua offers boutique-sized, stylish options for savvy travellers. The company also operates the Doubletree, Hampton Inn and Holiday Inn Express.
Operating 21 properties on all four major Hawaiian islands, Castle Resorts locations include Waikiki Shore, the only beachfront condo on Waikiki Beach, and Canadian favourite Kamaole Sands in Maui.
The property has new owners and will be extensively renovated in 2018 and rebranded in 2019. Agents should sell ocean or premier oceanfront rooms at this full service resort.
Located near the town of Ko Olina on the secluded west side of Oahu, the Aulani offers an out-island feel and fun for every age. Although it is a Disney property, it was built to reflect Hawaii, and focuses on a strong connection to the Hawaiian people and culture.
The youngest island of the chain, the Big Island is home to Hawaii’s history as the birth place of King Kamehameha. It boasts 266 miles of beaches and five national parks. Top attractions include Volcanoes National Park, stargazing at Mauna Kea, and cowboy country.
Honua Kai Resort & Spa
Located on Maui’s Kaanapali Beach, full service Honua Kai offers luxury studio, one to three bedroom units up to 1,800 square feet, and a penthouse measuring 2,600 square feet.
Kaanapali Beach Hotel
Rated Hawaii’s most Hawaiian hotel with cultural lessons and hula shows, the Kaanapali Beach Hotel charges no resort fee, and offers free wifi. The owner also operates the Plantation Inn in Lahaina town – rated Maui’s premier bed and breakfast, with a Michelin-rated French restaurant.
At six million years old, Kauai is the oldest island and is known for its natural beauty, where visitors can escape to an idyllic and peaceful vacation. Kauai has more beaches and coastlines than any other island and is home to Waimea Canyon and the breathtaking Napali Coast.
Reached by ferry or commuter plane from Maui, visitors can truly unplug on Lanai, and see all of its rugged scenery by jeep. Activities include horseback riding, four-wheel drive tours, snorkelling excursion to Hulopoe Beach and golf.
Visitors to Maui have a myriad of activities to choose from, ranging from Haleakela National Park, the beaches of south Maui, the Upcountry farms, and the scenic drive to Hana. From December to May the island offers spectacular whale watching.
Molokai is off the beaten path, where visitors can experience the Hawaii of old, with interactions with locals deep rooted in their traditions. Take a mule ride down to Kalaupapa National Historic Park, former home of a leper colony, or visit the sacred Halawa Valley.
Oahu is vibrant and energetic, yet it offers a mix of town and country experience. Visitors can take in the main attractions of Diamond Head, Pearl Harbour, Waikiki Beach, but also enjoy the rugged north coast, scenic leeward and windward coasts with 125 miles of beaches, and opportunities for hiking and surfing.
Outrigger operates two of the seven beachfront hotels in Waikiki – the Outrigger Reef and Outrigger Waikiki Beach. All guests receive a welcome drink and gift, and the hotels offer Hawaiian cultural lessons and vow renewal ceremonies. Outrigger also operates 15 vacation condos in Hawaii, ranging from studio to three bedrooms with full kitchen.
Polynesian Cultural Centre
Covering 17.4 hectares, the entry ticket now includes a three-day re-admission ticket for visitors to fully enjoy the six pavilions of the island nations.
TravelBrands’ offers multi-island stays, inter-island flights, hotels, car and excursions, all bookable through Travel Genie. Clients are encouraged to pre-book all travel components before their trip to ensure availability, and pay in Canadian dollars.
Information on Hawaii and her islands are available on www.gohawaii.com, and there is also a dedicated agents website at agents.gohawaii.com.