Tips from the Experts
‘ahu is perfect for family reunions, destination weddings, girlfriend
getaways, and groups of friends or couples vacationing together. Discover
tips for building your leisure group business from O‘ahu Master
Specialists (OMS), an elite team of travel professionals hand-selected,
highly trained, and certified by the O‘ahu Visitors Bureau. These experts
translate their passion for O‘ahu into profitable selling strategies for new,
repeat, and referral business and share their secrets with you.
Showcase O’ahu’s Unique Attributes
Many travel agents experience the client who wants to spend a day or two
on O‘ahu to see Pearl Harbor and then continue on to other Hawaiian
“People’s misconceptions about O‘ahu present you with an opportunity to
reframe their ideas about the island,” reports Kathy Pahanish of Executive
Tour & Travel. “I explain that each Hawaiian island is special, but that only
O‘ahu has distinct town and country experiences from the great dining,
museums, and shopping in Honolulu and Waikïkï, to more than 125 beaches plus tropical rainforests and mountain ranges.
O‘ahu’s vast and diverse attractions make it ideal for multigenerational family travel,” says Marilyn Clark of Lighthouse Travel. “Kids love Honolulu
Zoo, history buffs can check out Pearl Harbor sites, and outdoor enthusiasts
can hike Diamond Head. And that’s just for starters.”
O‘ahu is destination wedding and honeymoon heaven offering a spectrum
of choices and price points for venues, accommodations, rehearsal dinners,
and guest activities. Girlfriend getaways are also fabulous with fantastic
shopping and spas and excellent spots for cocktails, dining, and nightlife.
Visitors will also be immersed in the rich and diverse Hawaiian culture
whether they try surfing, take a hula class, or listen to Hawaiian music over
sunset cocktails on Waikïkï Beach.
Demonstrate Your Value and Differentiate Yourself
While the Internet enables travelers to book vacations on their own, it doen’t simplify
the research and booking process, especially for large groups.
“Folks today are overwhelmed with the information available online and
want expert destination advice and concierge service that only a travel agent
can provide,” says Christine Whitaker of Discover Your World Travel.
“Develop an itinerary with group activities and different options for those
with varying interests,” suggests Lu Maggiora, CTC. “Provide tip sheets with
highlights on shopping, touring, dining, and free activities.”
Once clients arrive in O‘ahu, welcome them a gift. “Have a flower arrangement or a basket of delicious Hawaiian snacks waiting in guest rooms with a
personalized note,” continues Lu.
When you book a destination
wedding or a family reunion,
guests become prospects and
brides will eventually plan
their own family vacations. It
pays to nurture these new
relationships and social
media platforms enable travel
agents to connect with existing and prospective clients in
between trips with ease.
Establish yourself as a credible expert and resource by
sharing news and information about O‘ahu on
Facebook and Twitter.
O’ahu’s Unique Town and
• Waikïkï: A cosmopolitan oasis with
world-class accommodations, dining,
shopping, nightlife, water sports, and
attractions along a stunning shoreline.
• Honolulu: A vibrant metropolis offering outstanding museums, attractions,
and eclectic Chinatown.
• North Shore: A dramatic coastline
featuring sought after surfing beaches,
country towns, and secluded valleys.
• Windward O‘ahu: Soaring emerald
cliffs, hidden valleys, and powdery white
sand beaches edged with sparking
• Leeward and Central O‘ahu: Home to
WWII memorials, pineapple plantations,
a historic train, windswept beaches, and
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