Big fat aloha Friday wrap

Big fat aloha Friday wrap

What do you get when you mix a fat stack of press releases, a very stressed out journalist and a basket of Honolulu shortbread cookies? A very tropical Hawaii wrap, of course!

Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania reveals record-breaking result for 2018


Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania has presented the visitor statistic results at the annual ‘Ohana update in Sydney today to trade and industry partners.

The 2018 visitor statistics show Oceania arrivals increased by 3.5% in 2018, bringing the total visitors to 409,133, the highest figure seen by the region to date.

Within the Oceania region, Australian visitor figures remained consistent year on year with 324,471 arrivals, reflecting the hard work and marketing initiatives of Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania.

Giselle Radulovic, country manager for Australia at Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania, said the team were pleased with the 2018 visitor statistics.

“Never before has the Oceania region seen visitor arrivals to Hawai‘i exceed 400,000. This extremely positive result is setting up Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania for an even stronger year in 2019 as we continue to promote the diversity of experiences on each Hawaiian Island,” Radulovic said.

Read more here.

Sydney Kings bring Aloha Spirit to the NBL

Hawaii tourism invitation[4]

Embracing the Aloha Spirit as they take to the court, the February 8 NBL game between the Sydney Kings and Melbourne United at Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena will have a Hawai‘i theme to align with sponsor, Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania.

A sponsor throughout the 2018-2019 season, Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania have opted for this Friday nights’ Sydney Kings home game to represent the Aloha State with a Hula Cam, Hawaiian music and cultural performances.

Read more here.

Five unmissable experiences on the rejuvenating island of Kauai


Kauai exudes all the charms of tropical island life.

The pace is slow and relaxed, locals are friendly… and nothing stays open late. What it lacks in high-rises (no building is taller than a coconut tree) it makes up for with towering sea cliffs, deep canyon ridges and huge waterfalls.

Only ten per cent of Kauai is developed and the majority of the islands natural attractions are inaccessible by road. To get to know Kauai best one should navigate the coastline, set off on foot or private tour through its lush interior or take to the air for a breathtaking 360-degree view.

Read more here.

Sail for free with Norwegian Cruise Line and Hawai’i Tourism Oceania


Norwegian Cruise Line – in partnership with Hawai‘i Tourism Oceania – is giving Australian and New Zealand trade partners an opportunity to sail for free onboard Pride of America as part of the brand’s NCL Legends trade recognition program.

To be in the running for this incredible incentive, agencies simply need to book $10,000 or more of Norwegian worldwide product – either directly with Norwegian or via a wholesale partner – by 30 June 2019. The top 15 individual travel agencies will receive a Single Balcony Stateroom aboard Pride of America’s 7 December 2019 sailing, for which they can nominate one or two of their consultants to sail.

Read more here.

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