Destinations

Aloha Friday Wrap: Hawaiian Airlines Thanksgiving pics, HTO’s attends Fall Tourism Update + MORE!

Here’s all the latest news from “The Aloha State” and its national carrier, courtesy of your pals at Travel Weekly.

PHOTOS: Hawaiian Airlines celebrates Thanksgiving with the industry

Hawaiian Airlines’ Aussie sales marketing and airport teams hosted 160 travel industry and media guests for an early Thanksgiving event in Sydney on Wednesday night.

The airline’s regional director for Australia and New Zealand, Andrew Stanbury gave a big ‘mahalo’ on behalf of the Hawaiian team, saying “the airline truly appreciated the support of friends in the industry”.

Stanbury also thanked the team at Hawaiian Airlines for a tremendous year.

As well as a lucky door prize, the airline also announced it would be donating a holiday to Honolulu to the NSW Rural Fire Service to be used at their discretion for fundraising or philanthropy in recognition of the amazing effort of fire fighters in the wake of current events.

Check out some of the photos from the event here.

Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania attends first-ever Fall Tourism Update

For the first time, Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA) has hosted a Fall Tourism Update, running across November 18 and 19 at Hilton Waikoloa Village on the Island of Hawaii.

The Fall Tourism Update provided HTA’s global marketing teams the opportunity to present their 2020 brand marketing plans to tourism industry partners, detailing their goals and objectives for trade relations, MCI, marketing and public relations next year.

Read more here.

Hawaiian Airlines joins in the sale fun for Black Friday and Cyber Monday

Hawaiian Airlines is joining in the Thanksgiving holiday fun releasing a range of special fares for sale until 11.59pm on Friday 6 December 2019 (AEDT).

Fares from Sydney or Brisbane to Honolulu start from $799 return, including complimentary entertainment, island-inspired meals, an industry-leading two lots of 32-kilo checked baggage allowance, and authentic Hawaiian hospitality.

All-inclusive fares from Melbourne Airport to HNL, via the airline’s codeshare with Virgin Australia, start at $999.

Neighbour Island add-on fares are being offered at just $100 return (including taxes), so bargain-hunting Aussies will be able to fly from Sydney or Brisbane to Kauai, Hawaii Island or Maui from just $899 return.

More details on these offers can be found here.

Hawai‘i Tourism Authority rolls out campaign to educate visitors

Every destination has its own set of unwritten rules regarding cultural etiquette, and Hawaii is no different.

Sharing the dos and don’ts with visitors for their time in the Hawaiian Islands is the goal of a visitor campaign launched by the Hawai‘i Tourism Authority (HTA) and the Hawai‘i Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB).

The ‘Kuleana Campaign’ is one part of a multi-pronged approach to share the beauty of the culture of Hawaii while educating visitors on how to travel respectfully while visiting.

The campaign includes 15-, 30- and 60-second videos aimed at curbing some of the challenges each county is facing, and features 15 Hawaiian residents.

Watch one of the videos here.

Hawaiian Airlines channels sustainability message via new inflight amenities

Hawaiian Airlines has teamed up with Molokai-based brand Kealopiko to launch a new line of inflight amenities carrying a message of sustainability.

Guests traveling between Hawaii and the carrier’s international and select US mainland destinations will be provided with amenities and soft goods adorned with coral and fern patterns that pay homage to Hawaii’s delicate natural resources.

The exclusive collection reflects the two companies’ shared commitment to perpetuate Hawaiian culture, care for the environment and steward island visitors.

Named ‘Ēkaha – the Hawaiian name of black coral representing a thriving coral reef, as well as the bird’s nest fern, an indicator of a healthy rainforest – the line alludes to the deep, symbiotic relationship between the land and sea.

Read more here.

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Tourism

WTTC creates first-ever global safety stamp for travellers

Do you consider yourself a hardcore stamp collector? Well, sadly for you, the WTTC’s new stamp is not the type that goes in a scrapbook.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Could airport sniffer dogs detect coronavirus-infected travellers? A new trial is set to find out

A trial is taking place in the UK to see whether man’s best friend could detect COVID-19 in travellers, even before symptoms appear.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Small-ship luxury expedition cruising set for “strong comeback”: Ponant APAC boss

by Huntley Mitchell

Travel Weekly caught up with Ponant’s Monique Ponfoort (while maintaining a 1.5m gap, of course) to find out how the cruise line is coping amid all this corona-craziness and how she expects the sector to bounce back.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

British town gets influx of hilarious fake Tripadvisor reviews after PM’s advisor breaks lockdown for a visit

Barnard Castle’s Tripadvisor page has been inundated with fake reviews poking fun at a British political advisor who seemingly broke lockdown laws.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Fiji Airways saved by government after terminating more than half of its staff

by Huntley Mitchell

Fiji Airways has been handed a lifeline by the country’s government, after being forced to take some “painful” measures to survive the COVID-19 pandemic.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Japan debates traveller subsidy as it emerges from nationwide state of emergency

The Japanese government is reportedly considering subsiding a portion of tourists’ travel expenses once the COVID-19 outbreak is under control.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

PM the latest to pressure states over border closures, as Qld premier fires back at Tourism Minister

by Christian Fleetwood

ScoMo has been busy talking up the potential of Aussies soon travelling across the Tasman Sea, while Birmo has been busy trading barbs with Queensland’s premier.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

“Lets get out there”: Matt Cameron-Smith talks domestic tourism boom and agents’ role in “de-risking” travel

by Ali Coulton

The AAT Kings group CEO also shed some light on The Travel Corporation’s plan to add more domestic trips across its brands.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

STUDY: Qantas among Australia’s most-trusted brands during lockdown

Despite its wings being clipped by the COVID-19 pandemic, Qantas has still managed to maintain its status as one of Australia’s most-trusted brands.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Dozens of mammoths discovered under future Mexico City airport

Do you consider yourself a bit of a modern-day Howard Carter or Gertrude Bell? If so, this story will definitely tickle your archeological fancy.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Cruise Wrap: PONANT’s new training module, Evergreen’s red-hot offers + MORE

If this week’s Cruise Wrap is anything to go by, the sector is pushing for its return in a big way, rewarding agents in the process.

Share

CommentComments

Tourism

ATIC and ATEC launch COVID-safe programs for SMEs

Two of Australia’s industry bodies have developed practical support for businesses during the coronavirus pandemic. However, that’s not to say they copied each other’s ideas.

Share

CommentComments