THE Australian and NZ travel trade contingent attending the 2017 Global Tourism Summit last night joined almost 50 Hawaiian suppliers for a Welcome & Networking reception.
Hosted at the DoubleTree by Hilton Alana in the Penthouse Suite, Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) country managers Kerri Anderson (Australia) and Darragh Walshe (NZ) welcomed the 20 Aussie and Kiwi delegates over ‘Mahalo’ drinks.
“Everyone has played a significant part in the Australian and NZ markets…you’ve started to make a difference in the marketplace and created those relationships which are very important to us,” said Walshe.
The recently renovated DoubleTree by Hilton Alana is ideal for business travellers, located at the entrance to Waikiki and a short stroll to The Hawaii Convention Center, Ala Moana Center and Waikiki beach.
The property opened its new Trees Restaurant & Bar this year and features a 24-hour fitness centre, heated pool, herb garden and 10 meeting rooms accommodating up to 200 guests.
Pictured above back row is: Eric Armenti, Doubletree by Hilton; Kerri Anderson, Hawaii Tourism Oceania; Michael Wilding, Doubletree by Hilton; JoAnn Erban, Roberts Hawaii and Casey Ballao, Speedi Shuttle.
Middle row: Clinton Yamashita, Doubletree by Hilton; Jennifer Cabasag, Queen Kapiolani; Judy Atha, Mastercard Travel Solutions; Charis Ricafuente, HTA; Valerie Okamoto, Hilton Hawaiian Village; Josephine Tedrowe, Doubletree by Hilton and Jacqui Walshe, The Walshe Group.
Front row: Andrew Yell, Excite Holidays and June Pagdilao, Hawaiian Hotels & Resorts.

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Source: Travel Australia