Hawaii Hurricane Blows, But Doesn’t Ruin Paradise

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An estimated 270,000 visitors are hunkered down in Hawaii at week’s end, experiencing or awaiting the onslaught of tempestuous seas, torrential rain and 110-mile-an-hour winds from Hurricane Lane. Nature has severely challenged Hawaii this year. Discover Hawaii as meeting destination.

Hawaii Hotels Aloha Solar Power, Big Time

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Most of Hawaii’s energy comes from expensive, imported fossil fuels, so it’s no surprise solar power is a hot ticket there. The hospitality sector has long been a sustainability leader in Hawaii , and going solar is high on the list for hotel and resort upgrades.

Hotel Strikes May Soon Widen to Hawaii, Boston and San Francisco

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Nearly 3,500 workers at six Marriott properties in Hawaii are the latest to vote to authorize a strike. The Hawaii properties involved are in Honolulu and Maui. Our proposal is to make one job enough to live on in Hawaii,” Eric Gill, Local 5 secretary-treasurer, told Associated Press.

Aloha! Southwest is Hawaii-Bound

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Now the third-busiest carrier in the United States, Southwest plans to enter the Hawaii market next year—and set off what industry insider refer to as “the Southwest effect” by forcing competitors to lower their fares to compete. to Hawaii market.”. “We anticipate fares will drop.”.

Marriott Hawaii Employees Ratify New Contract, Ending Strike

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Marriott International’s 2,700 workers in Hawaii have ratified a new contract, ending a nearly two-month-long strike. ( usatoday.com. USA Today ). Read More. Places & Spaces News Junkie

Disney Turns Hollywood Into Hawaii for 'Moana' Premiere


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Trouble in Paradise: Hawaii’s New Travel Ban Lawsuit

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Hawaii’s new travel ban lawsuit is just the latest salvo in President Trump’s ongoing executive order saga. The executive order … keeps Hawaii families apart,” said Hawaii Attorney General Doug Chin in a widely reported news conference announcing the lawsuit.

SF Marriott Strike Over

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The others were in three more California cities—Oakland, San Jose and San Diego—as well as Boston, Detroit and two Hawaii islands, Maui and Oahu.

7 Smart Moves at Hilton Quebec & Velas Resorts

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Kimari Pada Aqua-Aston Hospitality promotes Pada to hotel manager of Aqua Bamboo Waikiki in Hawaii. Jean-Francois Lincourt Hilton Quebec appoints Lincourt general manager. He was most recently hotel manager of Fairmont Copley Plaza, Boston.

Natural Disasters Create New Challenges for Meetings Industry

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Hawaii’s Tumultuous Summer. Thankfully avoiding large-scale damage, Hawaii’s recent run-ins with Mother Nature still certainly rank among the peculiar. On May 3, Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano began erupting.

12 Exciting Smart Meetings FAM Experiences in 2018

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Hawaii (February): Marriott Convention & Resort Network’s ambitious five-day, four-island, 10-property Hawaii FAM trip provided brief glimpses at many of Hawaii’s outstanding features.

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Election Results: What the Mid-Terms Meant for Events

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The first week of November, the union announced that it had agreed to contracts in Oakland, California and Detroit, but 7,000 employees were still on strike at Marriott properties in California, Hawaii and Boston.

Conde Nast Releases Top U.S. Hotels in 2019 Gold List

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Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Hawaii. Conde Nast editors have some suggestions for where to host your next meeting.

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New & Renovated: It’s Always Summer Somewhere

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Top Travel Ideas for 2018, Survey Says

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Maui Island, Hawaii. Before deciding where to meet next, why not think out of the binder? Post-meeting surveys and other tried-and-true analyses certainly have their place, but site decisions can almost always benefit from a little creative input.

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Activity Vendors Pair with Planners for Unique Attendee Experiences

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9 Great Hotel Fitness Facilities to Break a Sweat

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Four Seasons Resort Hualalai, Kailua Kona, Hawaii Island, Hawaii. When planning an event, it’s important to avoid disrupting the everyday routines of your attendees. While it’s tempting to fill every minute of the day, keeping attendees’ health and fitness in mind is necessary.

9 Breathtaking Beach Hotels from U.S. News’ Best Hotels List

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Four Seasons Resort Lanai, Hawaii. Hawaii is a dream destination for planners and attendees alike , so why not host your next event in the Aloha state? Beach resorts are the perfect business getaway that doesn’t sacrifice any pleasure.

9 Innovative Honey Experiences to Delight Your Group

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Hotel Wailea , Maui, Hawaii. Mauna Kea Resort, Hawaii Island, Hawaii. The dedicated honey-making efforts of bees have been highlighted at hotels and resorts throughout the world in a vast array of ways, including hands-on activities, classes, spa treatments and foods.

Host Pays $1 Billion for Hotels in Growth Markets

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The growing hospitality company called the coastal markets of Hawaii , San Francisco and Florida highly desirable locales for business growth. Host Hotels & Resorts is betting big on future meeting demand by acquiring three Hyatt-managed, signature meeting hotels for almost $1 billion.

New and Renovated: Something New, Something Old

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Guide to Top 7 Street Art Cities in the U.S.

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Just as Hawaii’s culture has a strong identity, the graffiti art demonstrates its independence. Since Banksy began spraying socially-conscious messages around the world, people have started to recognize graffiti as a legitimate artistic medium.

Boat Safety Tips in Wake of Disasters

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Tragic boating incidents in which tourists and crew members were killed and injured on Hawaii Island and in Branson, Missouri made headlines this week. On Hawaii Island, a volcano exploded , shooting a fireball flying through the roof a Lava Ocean Tours vessel, injuring 22 passengers on July 16, according to Hawaii Department of Land and Natural Resources.

10 Best Historic Hotels in the U.S.

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6 Smart Moves at Monterey CVB, Wolfgang Puck and More

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Prior to this, Watkins was regional director of sales and marketing at Four Seasons Resort Hualalai in Kona, Hawaii. Melissa Oliver Marriott Syracuse Downtown named Oliver director of sales and marketing. Oliver brings a decade of leadership experience into her new position.

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Pick the Perfect Destination Wedding Venue

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The Grand Wailea resort in Hawaii is a great example of how to provide visual information to prospective wedding clients. Destination weddings are a common trend in the wedding industry, with 25% of couples exchanging vows hundreds of miles or more from their hometowns in the United States.

5 Smart Moves at Teneo Hospitality Group, Amara Cay Resort and More

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Jerry Gibson Jerry Gibson was appointed vice president and managing director of Turtle Bay Resort in Oahu, Hawaii. Gibson brings 38 years of hospitality leadership experience to his new role, including 25 years in the Hawaii market.

The Dave Scott Duo to Perform each Saturday through the Summer - San Diego’s Famous Horn Blower To Blow His Horn On Hornblower All Summer Long.


Originally from Canada, Dave was raised in Hawaii and Southern California. At Hawaii’s Kalaheo Intermediate School, he won several band awards and earned a two-year scholarship with the Honolulu Symphony.

New List Names Top 50 Hotels in the United States

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The list of 50 Best Hotels in the United States features more geographic variety, highlighting hotels from Georgia, Utah, Hawaii and other luxurious locales. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai – Hualalai, Hawaii. Montage Kapalua Bay – Lahaina, Hawaii. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.

Guam CVB: “It’s Business As Usual”

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Travelers can easily access the island on direct flights from Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Hawaii and the Philippines. Guests flying from the continental United States can connect in Hawaii or Japan. Tumon Bay with Two Lovers Point in the background.

4 Ways Event Apps Improve Attendee Engagement


In the past, we’ve attended customers’ events using the QuickMobile app who have featured prizes as large as a vacation to Hawaii. Imagine the scene: an event with dozens of sullen acquaintances staring down at their drinks quietly.

25 Best Attractions to Visit This Spring

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Plus, experiences like these are guaranteed to spark daydreams about ocean views in Hawaii or the bright, bustling streets of New York City long after your meeting is over. Kualoa – Kaneohe, Hawaii. Old Lahaina Luau – Lahaina, Hawaii.

6 Smart Moves: Wellness Edition

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He previously led the spas at Four Seasons Hotels in Chicago, Costa Rica and Las Vegas, as well as at Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa in Hawaii. More : 5 Smart Moves: Who’s Cooking Edition.

People on the Move

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Miku Zhang has been appointed as senior sales manager, Asia-Pacific, for Four Seasons Resorts Lanai in Hawaii. Your colleagues are on the move, find out who is going where. Zak Kimble.

Thirty-Six Strategies for Negotiation

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These translations are taken from University of Hawaii law professor John Barkai’s “The 36 Chinese Strategies Applied to Negotiation”: Tune in for More Negotiation Tips.

4 Smart Moves at Rosewood Hotels and Resorts, Grand Hotel Tremezzo and More

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Matthew Grauso Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Hawaii, appointed hospitality industry veteran Matthew Grauso as general manager. Rosewood Inn of the Anasazi in Santa Fe, New Mexico, named Gabor L. Vida managing director.

Action! Brace for a Hotel Strike in L.A., Orange County

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cities and Hawaii. Planners with upcoming meetings in Southern California should watch developments there closely in the next few days or weeks. This year of hotel strikes, with thousands of workers on picket lines across the country, may not yet be over. On Dec. 6, 7,500 employees at 24 hotels across several hotel companies in Los Angeles and Orange counties voted to strike if a new contract was not ratified by yesterday.

Where To Meet In The 20 Most Expensive U.S. Beach Towns

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If you guessed Hawaii or Malibu, wrong. Poipu, Hawaii Name: Koloa Landing Resort at Poipu, Autograph Collection. When it comes to the most expensive beach towns in the United States, it’s probably not where you’d expect it to be.

Robyn Benincasa’s Amazing Race

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Never mind that she qualified for four national championships in Kona, Hawaii. Robyn Benincasa’s right leg gave out with three days remaining in the 2007 Adventure Racing World Championship in Scotland. Her teammates put her on towlines to make sure they finished the grueling race. It marked the end of the line after 17 years atop the field in one of the planet’s hardest competitions.

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7 Smart Moves—at Mahekal Beach Resort, Kimpton & More

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Early in his career, the Hawaii-native worked in restaurants in Honolulu and San Francisco before getting into the hotel business. Maria Elena Armenta Mahekal Beach Resort in Playa del Carmen, Mexico has added Armenta as director of sales and marketing.

2018 Platinum Choice Winners Announced

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Hawaii Convention Center. Distinguished hospitality partners earn coveted Smart Meetings honor. After much voting and decision-making, the 15th annual Platinum Choice Award winners have been selected by the Smart Meetings magazine judges.

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Inside the Largest Conservation Conference in the World

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When Barcelona hosted the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Conservation Congress in 2008, a group of passionate delegates from Hawaii sat up in their chairs and thought, Why not us? National Park Service, two of whose inaugural locations are in Hawaii.

4 Smart Moves at AHC+Hospitality, Hilton and More

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Regis Princeville in Hawaii. Ashley Savransky AHC+Hospitality in Grand Rapids, Michigan, appointed Ashley Savransky marketing coordinator. Savransky will work in collaboration with the marketing team for the brand’s properties in the U.S. and internationally. AHC+Hospitality. Kevin F.