Big Island, Hawaii, Recovers from Lava Scare

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When lava flowed out of Kilauea’s mighty spout on Hawaii’s Big Island, the images were frightening. I think there may have been a disconnect between the sensationalized perception that Hawaii Island had been overtaken by the Kilauea volcanic eruption. The reality is that the lava flow and eruptive activity was contained to a relatively small area, within Leilani Estates in lower Puna, and in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the southeast part of the island.

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.

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

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.”.

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.

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai Named Top U.S. Hotel

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Four Seasons Resort Hualalai in Kailua-Kona on the Island of Hawaii was named Best Hotel in the United States for the seventh time in U.S. Four Season Resort Hualalai, Island of Hawaii, Hawaii (243 guest rooms, 37,037 sq. Four Seasons Resort Hualalai.

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.

And the Forbes Five Star Rating Goes to…

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The Four Seasons Resort Lanai in Hawaii —a 213-room paradise retreat with 10,000 sq. of meeting space on the private island of Lanai in Hawaii. The Academy Awards isn’t the only star-studded event this week.

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.

Best of Smart Meetings’ 2018 Destination Stories

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Island of Hawaii and Maui (January): Why make the journey all the way to Hawaii, since pristine beaches, abundant sunshine, fresh seafood and tropical backdrops can be found in so many other places? Hotel X Toronto.

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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.

PRA Orlando, Destinos India Among Winners of 2018 SITE Crystal Awards

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Following its incentive travel program, 3M consulted CWT Meetings and Events with PRA to figure out how the team could leave a positive and impactful mark on Hawaii. Winners of the prestigious 2018 Crystal Awards were honored at the SITE 2019 Global Conference in Bangkok in January.

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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.

New & Renovated: It’s Always Summer Somewhere

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7 Smart Moves at Hilton Santa Barbara, Viceroy Chicago and More

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Lani Baird Baird is the new director of sales and marketing at Hilton Santa Barbara Beachfront Resort in California. Prior to joining Hilton Santa Barbara, she served as executive director of sales at Valley Forge Resort in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, since it opened in 2012.

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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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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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7 Smart Moves at Four Seasons, Squaw Creek and More

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Cyrus Hotel David Emig Four Seasons Resort Lanai in Hawaii has appointed Emig resort manager. More: 7 Smart Moves at Hilton Santa Barbara and More. Stephanie Gassen Gassen is the director of sales at the newly opened Cyrus Hotel in Tokepa, Kansas.

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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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 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.

Activity Vendors Pair with Planners for Unique Attendee Experiences

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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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

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.

San Diego’s Jazz Brunch Cruise Returns This Summer - Dave Scott will be cruising Saturday and Sunday all summer long

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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. Our Jazz Brunch Cruise is back with an extended schedule!

7 Smart Moves at The Elizabeth Hotel and More

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With him he brings an incredible amount of experience with various tourism agencies, including Visit Indianapolis, Hawaii Visitors Bureau, Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp., More: 7 Smart Moves at Hyatt Regency Austin and More.