The Maui Visitors and Convention Bureau brought a ray of sunshine to a rainy Vancouver day last week by hosting a media luncheon at Yaletown’s Blue Water Cafe, providing resort updates from the Hawaiian destination.
Leanne Pletcher, director, public relations and marketing for the island’s visitors and convention bureau, appreciates Canadians’ continuous interest in Maui.
“The Canadian market is always very strong for us, especially from Western Canada. We look forward to return more often and bring our partners to promote Maui to your travellers and clients.”
Accompanying Pletcher on this visit were representatives from four Maui resort properties, who had a chance to briefly speak to the group.
Deanna Miller, communications manager at the Ritz-Carlton announced that the property has emerged from renovations, just in time for its 25th anniversary. The makeover includes new décor throughout and updated suites. The AAA five-diamond award winning resort boasts the signature Banyan Tree restaurant using sustainable ingredients sourced from local farms, in addition to five other eateries. The resort also offers a shuttle service to nearby beaches, restaurants and shopping areas.
Krystle Alcain, public relations manager at the Westin spoke about her two properties – the Westin Ka’anapali and the Westin Nanea Ocean Villas. The Westin Ka’anapali features studios, one- and two-bedroom suites with full kitchen, washer and dryer. Guests can dine at three restaurants or visit the market and general store to stock their suites should they wish to cook, using the outdoor grill stations. The resort also has a spa, as well as a culture center with Hawaiian-themed activities and tours. Just ten minutes away and connected by a beach boardwalk, the Westin Nanea Ocean Villas offers one to three-bedroom luxury villas with full kitchens and washers/dryers. The Hawaiian theme continues at the Nanea with its décor, native plants, cultural activities and arts and crafts. Hawaiian cuisine is showcased in the Mauka Makai restaurant, presided over by an executive chef from Kauai. Both resorts offered shared amenities for their guests.
Candy Aluli represents Napili Kai Beach Resort, owned by Vancouver investors and very popular with Canadians. Nestled in crescent-shaped Napili Beach in the Kapalua area, the resort offers garden and oceanview studios, one- and two-bedroom suites with fully-equipped kitchenettes. Its signature restaurant Sea House serves breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as happy hour snacks. The resort offers in-room WiFi, free parking, and does not charge a resort fee.
Jamie Mesenburg represents Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa, an oceanfront resort in Ka’anapali sprawled over 40 acres. With 806 rooms including 31 newly renovated suites, the resort can cater to large groups, meetings and weddings. Dining options include a luau and Japengo – a steak, seafood and sushi restaurant voted Best Asian cuisine on Maui.
The resort also offers a unique wildlife program for visitors to learn about resident birds including warm-climate South African black-footed penguins.