Hawaiians In Canada With Message “It’s Business As Usual”
It has been a difficult year in Hawaii as the combination of the Kilauea eruption, earthquakes, hurricanes and flooding have captured headlines and made travellers wary. A group of Hawaiian tourism folks travelled to Canada this week to spread the news that Kilauea is calm and the Hawaiian islands are more than ready to show off their beauty to Canadian travellers this winter.
Shaun Singh, Sales Manager for Novictor Helicopters, says
business has been brisk with visitors wanting to fly over Kilauea.
Matthew Djorsev, Business Development Manager for WestJet,
says the possibilities are endless thanks to WS flights from Vancouver,
Calgary and Edmonton and WestJet Vacations packages.
Among the Hawaiians who travelled to Canada to meet with travel
agents were: Simeon Miranda, GM, Embassy Suites by Hilton
Waikiki Beach Walk; Robin Estrada, Director of Sales & Marketing:
Hawaii Vacation Condos by Outrigger; Mary Loy, Area Director of Leisure Sales,
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort and Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort:
and Cindi Rosete, National Sales Manager, Hawaiian Hotels & Resorts.
Air Canada Vacations Area Sales Manager Juan Contreras-Aragon lets
agents know that their clients can save $50 per person by booking Hawaii
air and hotel packages 90 days in advance.
TravelBrands Business Development Manager Shannon Smith says
sales are strong for Hawaii, thanks to resort offers including discounted rates,
free nights, free room upgrades, free daily breakfast, car rental discounts and more.
Honolulu’s Polynesian Cultural Center brings to life the traditions,
history and hospitality of the islands of the South Pacific. Kim Kaimana,
Account Sales Manager Westbound, says the cultural centre
is a must-visit for your clients.
Braden Rosner, Public Relations Manager for VoX International, which represents
Hawaii tourism in Canada. Rosner says that with Kilauea gone quiet and
storm season winding down, Hawaii is more than ready to welcome Canadians.
Agents attending the Hawaii event were greeted by dancers and
musicians spreading the aloha spirit.