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Aloha Friday wrap: HTO wraps up week-long sales mission, Hawaiian Airlines agent incentive winner + MORE

There’s no better way to say “aloha” to Friday than by reading this bi-weekly wrap. Actually, reading it with a mai tai in hand would be even better.

Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania wraps up week-long sales mission

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Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania (HTO), alongside delegates from the Hawaiian Islands, has carried out a successful sales mission this week sharing the Aloha spirit across three Australian capital cities.

The sales mission started with the Pau Hana Evening in Brisbane, client visits in Melbourne, a luncheon with the US Consul General in Sydney, before wrapping up at Get Global at ICC Sydney today.

Check out all the highlights and photos here.

New visitor rules kick-in for Kaua‘i’s Hā‘ena State Park

Hā‘ena State Park

The Kaua‘i Visitors Bureau (KVB) in Hawaii has reminded visitors headed to the Garden Island about the newly introduced rules following the reopening of Hā‘ena State Park.

The park includes the Kalalau Trail, Hanakāpi‘ai Falls and Kēʻē Beach, and is located on Kaua‘i’s famous north shore.

The new rules set forth aim to not only reduce congestion and limit vehicular traffic, but also help protect cultural and natural resources from overuse.

This change from the Hawai‘i State Department of Land and Natural Resources (DLNR) Division of State Parks comes after a 14-month closure due to torrential rain and flooding in the area last April.

Find out what these new rules are here.

Hawaiian Airlines reveals winner of agent incentive comp

Hawaiian Airlines plane landing at Los Angeles International Airport

Hawaiian Airlines’ mainland USA travel agent incentive competition is done and dusted, and now the lucky winner has been revealed.

The mainland USA competition ran for the month of June Australia-wide in conjunction with Brand USA and Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania.

Click here to see which agent claimed the prize of 200,000 Hawaiian Miles.

Hawaii’s perfect dinner date venues for your loved-up clients

Dinner date in Hawaii

Aloha (love) is always in the air in the Hawaiian Islands. Couples vacationing across the islands are spoilt with sensational sunsets, beaches perfect for long walks and plenty of romantic dining options.

Here are some restaurants that are dinner-date approved and are sure to make your loved-up clients’ hearts flutter.

Five ways to experience Hawaii’s natural wonders

Molokai

The Hawaiian Islands are enveloped in natural beauty, the extreme kind. Hawaii’s flora and fauna offer a direct route to connect with Mother Earth and provides an authentic way to feel the beat of the islands.

Here are a few nature-based endeavours that’ll help your clients feel the true essence of the islands, and leave them longing for more.

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Travel Agents

What every travel agent can learn from actor Samuel Johnson

by Huntley Mitchell

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Tourism

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Twitter melts over hot pilot after passenger “kind of” gets plane to himself

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Aussie influencer detained in Bali, forced to pay $40,000 over prescription medication

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Australian entrepreneur dead after falling overboard from cruise ship

by Huntley Mitchell

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Agent wrap: italktravel & cruise at home launches, TTC hosts Eden Ministry, win big with Brand USA + MORE

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WIN a gift hamper from the The Goods Tube: Just another reason to attend Travel DAZE

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ATTN: Two weeks left to enter The Travel Awards 2019!

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Qantas, Webjet & Flight Centre among travel companies hardest hit by ASX fall

by Christian Fleetwood

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Hotels

Hotel wrap: Hilton’s big Canberra plan, Upgradus launches in Australia, New Bali beach club + MORE!

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