Profits in Paradise How to Sell Hawaii Vacations – Pleasant Holidays

first_imgWritten By Steven Hattem, Senior Director of Sales, Pleasant Holidays  The world is filled with beautiful places to visit. What makes Hawaii different? The magic of the Aloha Spirit that infuses the islands. It greets you the moment you board you flight and lingers with you long after you return home. Hawaii travel has been at the core of Pleasant Holidays’ product line since the company began selling vacation travel packages more than 55 years ago. Now one of the largest agent-focused travel companies in the United States, Pleasant Holidays has sold more than 10 million vacations since 1959, turning its passion for these tropical islands into a profitable business enterprise for itself and the travel agent partners it serves. Top 5 Reasons to Sell Hawaii Vacation PackagesProfitable – on everyone’s Bucket List of places to visit within their lifetime, Hawaii is always in demand and offers  ample opportunity for agents to  increase their income with commissionable resorts, cruises and activities; and Groups Incentive programsConvenient – no passport required for U.S. citizensAccessible – convenient flights on all major carriers from gateways nationwideAccommodating – a full range of hotels and resorts, from luxurious five-star spa resorts with all the amenities to family-friendly condos with room for everyone to budget-friendly two-star hotels offering a comfortable home base from which to exploreIdyllic – with year-round temperatures that average around 80 degrees, it’s the land of endless summer and endless natural beauty any time of year An Island for Every TravelerPeople know Hawaii for its glistening beaches, epic surfing, hidden waterfalls, legendary luaus and glistening palm trees dancing in the island breeze. And while you can find these iconic items on each of the main vacation islands, each individual island offers an ambiance and experience that is unique. Once you know the unique qualities of each island, it’s easy to match the perfect one to your clients’ personal preferences and travel styles. OAHUThis is where the action is! The most popular and populated of Hawaii’s islands, Oahu is No. 1 for visitor arrivals and for good reason: it’s as convenient as it is captivating. You’ll find the most flights, a wide range of hotels and resorts, and an endless list of sights and attractions to explore, all working together to make a vacation on this island fun, fabulous and affordable. Bustling Waikiki is world renowned for its famous beach, and strolling along its iconic golden sands is a must-do for every visitor. But that’s just the beginning of what this vibrant city has to offer. Travelers can immerse themselves in the customs, culture and history of the islands at the Polynesian Cultural Center, pay homage to the brave men and women who paid the ultimate sacrifice at the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor (which commemorates the 75th anniversary of the attacks this December), and hike to the top of Diamond Head to take in the breathtaking view. You’ll want to tell your clients to venture up to North Shore to watch the surfers test their skill against the legendary waves and to spend some quiet time snorkeling in the crystal-clear waters of Hanauma Bay. Waikiki’s active nightlife invites travelers to indulge their palate at a variety of celebrity chef owned restaurants that tempt them with culinary fusion dishes that are both exotic and familiar at the same time. MAUIMaui has earned a well-deserved reputation for romance and its pampering spa resorts keep it a popular honeymoon destination—but it is truly so much more. From the lush waterfalls of the Iao Valley to the tranquil beaches of Ka‘anapali and Wailea to the unforgettable Road to Hāna, travelers find breathtaking natural beauty at every turn that inspires all ages. The challenging links at Kapalua are the standing favorite of the PGA tour for its annual season opener, offering championship play and spectacular vistas. Be sure to recommend your clients watch the sunrise from the slopes of Haleakala for an experience they will never forget. HAWAII ISLANDKnown as the Island of Adventure, this is the place for active travelers and nature lovers. Larger than all of the other islands combined, it offers 11 of the world’s 13 climate zones, ranging from the snow-capped mountains of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea to the black-sands of Punalu‘u Beach.  A visit to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is not to be missed! KAUAIAre your clients looking to venture a little off the beaten path to a quieter island? This is the one to recommend. Travelers can experience the expansive grandeur of Waimea Canyon (aptly named the Grand Canyon of Hawaii), kayak up the Wailua River, surf the waters of Hanalei Bay, swim with sea turtles in Poipu and indulge in a pampering spa treatment at a luxury spa resort. A cruise along the Napali Coast is a true must! LANAI & MOLOKAIThese are the islands for the seasoned Hawaii traveler who simply wants to get away from it all. Secluded Lana‘i features luxurious resort hideaways and championship golf. Moloka‘i embodies the essence of Hawaii with few cars, no traffic lights and endless opportunities to discover the natural beauty of the island. Cruising the Hawaiian IslandsIf your clients are looking to sample more than one island or prefer the carefree convenience of all-inclusive-style travel, then a Hawaiian cruise is an excellent option. Norwegian Cruise Line (NCL) features a seven-night itinerary aboard the newly refreshed Pride of America that sails year-round each Saturday from Honolulu and includes accommodations, onboard meals, nightly entertainment and more. The only cruise sailing to all four of the most popular Hawaiian Islands (Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii Island), voyages feature more than 100 hours of port time to explore. For a small-ship experience, Un-Cruise Adventures offers seasonal seven-night Hawaii sailings with a flexible itinerary that traverses the leeward side of the islands, visiting Molokai, Lanai, Maui and Hawaii Island. These voyages combine the upscale comforts of a boutique yacht cruise with a seemingly endless array of included activities and cultural experiences. Pleasant Holidays offers everything agents need to book a complete cruise vacation on both cruise lines, including flights on all major airlines from cities nationwide, pre- and post-cruise hotel stays, onboard accommodations, informative excursions and tours, travel protection coverage, port transfers and more, offering one-stop-shop convenience and competitive commissions for travel agents. Enhancing Activities Whichever island is the right fit for your clients, be sure to enhance their vacation experience by booking commissionable activities in advance. Pleasant Holidays’ Pleasant Activities brand offers hundreds of exciting tours and excursions that are as memorable as Hawaii itself. Popular favorites include the USS Arizona Memorial & USS Missouri Tour, Polynesian Cultural Center, luau, sunset dinner cruises, snorkel adventures, Atlantis submarine excursions and flightseeing tours. What are the latest new trends in tours? Eco-adventures like hiking and ziplining, and private tour options ideal for honeymoon couples, destination wedding groups and more. Travel agents should be aware that the most popular tours can sell out in advance, especially during peak travel times such as the December holiday season and summer vacation months. However features real-time rates and availability with guaranteed reservations, so you can book your clients’ must-see excursions along with the other components of their Hawaii vacation package to ensure their Hawaii vacation is everything it should be and more. Niche MarketsFor travel agents who specialize, Hawaii offers options for every niche market. Family – Truly a destination for all ages, Hawaii is ideal for family vacations, especially multi-generational gatherings. You’ll find a wide range of accommodations to suit your clients’ family travel needs, including spacious condos with the comforts of home. In addition, many resorts offer complimentary cultural activities such as lei making and ukulele lessons open to all ages, and supervised children’s programs, known as Keiki Clubs, where kids can create memories that last a lifetime. Luxury – Hawaii’s magnificent spa resorts are world renown, offering elegant accommodations, impeccable service, rejuvenating spa treatments, immersive wellness experiences, world-class golf courses and more. Pleasant Holidays’ luxury brand Journese℠ is well-versed in the needs of this niche market and the luxury agents who serve it. Their knowledgeable Destination Specialists work one-on-one with you to handcraft exquisite journeys and ensure each step of the process is truly seamless—for you and your most discerning luxury travel clients. Honeymoons—Hawaii hotels have a very romantic heart, offering special amenities for honeymooners, including intimate beachfront dining, luxurious couple’s spa treatments, floral arrangements, champagne breakfast in bed and more to ensure that your client’s honeymoon is a dream come true. Destination Weddings – Hawaii is one of the most popular choices for destination weddings in the United States. While it is not the only state in the union where same-sex marriage is legal, it is arguably the most beautiful and most welcoming, extending its signature Aloha Spirit to LGBT couples and their families and friends. Groups Travel – Whether the group size in 10, 100, 1,000 or more, Hawaii has the perfect resort that can accommodate its individual needs, including accommodations, meeting space, special event menus, team building, sightseeing and more. Pleasant Holidays’ group travel specialists provide personal assistance and advice, and exclusive incentives for you and your clients. Why Book Hawaii with Pleasant Holidays Experience You Can Trust – Named Best Tour Operator Hawaii for 12 consecutive years One-Stop-Shop Convenience – we offer everything you need to book a memorable vacation in one convenient location, including:AirHotels and ResortsCruisesCar rentalsActivitiesTravel Protection PlansWedding TravelHoneymoonsGroup Travel Exceptional Customer Service for Travel Agents and Their ClientsNationwide team of Business Development Managers focused on growing your businessCall Centers staffed with destination specialistsIn-destination customer service available 24/7 Increase Agent Commission IncomeEarn higher commission selling vacation packages and cruisesService fees may be added to increase commission incomeCommission Protection included with purchase of travel protection planExclusive agent incentives and more offered throughout the year Get MoreTRIP Travel Agent Reward Program for personal travel, including Premier Tier with added benefitsAnnual educational FAM tripsOnline training, including live webinars and on-demand TRACK coursesExtensive Agent Resource Centers with customizable materials, including printed brochuresElite Experience incentive trip for top selling agents and guests Exclusive Offers that Cannot be Booked Anywhere ElseReduced Room RatesGuaranteed AvailabilityFREE Car Rentals or Car Rental UpgradesFREE BreakfastSpa TreatmentsAnd more! Brand PortfolioPleasant Holidays® – leading provider of leisure travel packages and cruises for more than 55 yearsJournese℠ – Curators of Fine Travel℠ – luxury vacations with concierge-level serviceAir by Pleasant® – the leading international air consolidator, add your own commission on First and Business Class fares offering substantial savingsPleasant Activities℠ – commissionable activities, excursions and tours on Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Hawaii Island  Only available through Pleasant Holidayslast_img read more

Celebrating 110 Years of Seersucker Happy Birthday to the Perfect Summer Suit

first_imgPrevious Haspel Haspel Haspel Editors’ Recommendations Haspel Ever one to recognize a great story opportunity, Haspel, while attending a trade show in Boca Raton, Florida, took a dive into the Atlantic … while wearing his own seersucker suit! His point was that the suit would be dry in no time, ready to wear again, without cleaning or pressing. True to his word, it was; and he wore the suit to the trade show dinner that very evening. Haspel’s creativity, sense of innovation, and excellent taste all grew from the melting pot of cultures that make up New Orleans. His granddaughter, Laurie Haspel Aronson, keeps up the family tradition. Aronson is the company’s current President and CEO, but for a few days she also was our hostess, tour guide,ds and CFO (Chief Fun Officer). Now, I’d never been to the legendary city, but this was to be quite an introduction. We stayed at the International House, a delightful boutique hotel with a sparkling, slightly louche style, just outside the French Quarter. The cozy, Beaux Arts lodging features a painting by anonymous artist Banksy called The Looters that hotelier Sean Cummings rescued and restored — plaster and all — to hold court in the building’s lobby. Dinner followed at the elegant Justine, a modern brasserie in the French Quarter, specializing in the classics: Onion soup, steak tartare, oysters, duck confit, and moules frites. Later we headed to jazz bistro Snug Harbor, where we were treated to the stylings of the Uptown Jazz Orchestra, featuring classics by the likes of Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong.  Next Haspel Haspel Haspel Lunch was followed by a tour of a few local landmark drinking establishments where author, podcaster, and historian Elizabeth Pierce walked us through the complicated history of the city’s freewheeling cocktail culture (New Orleans is one of only a few U.S. cities where you are permitted to walk around the streets with a cocktail in hand). She also explained the complicated history behind the city’s official cocktail, the Sazerac, as well as that of the Ramos Gin Fizz. Let’s pause here to point out that this was so much more than a tour. If you haven’t been to New Orleans, I do hope that this piece tempts you to go to that wonderful place for a visit, but what I really want to show here is the constant mix of the old and the new, the high and the low, the fun and the serious that, like the seersucker fabric itself, informs the Haspel collection. That classic seersucker suit is practically the official uniform for good times, from summer weddings to the Kentucky Derby to a night out at a jazz club. HaspelMining the company’s archives in celebration of its anniversary, as well as the “holiday,” Will Swillie, EVP and Managing Director of Haspel, presented a vintage-styled, “tea-stained” collection at a cocktail reception that evening. The Archival Collection includes five new suit styles and five coordinating woven sport shirts. (This editor’s favorite, a double-breasted, side-vented jacket with a modern pleated pant and side tab waistband, looks like it stepped right out of a vintage Hollywood film.) Suits will retail for $695 and shirts for $125, exclusively online at Haspel. We finished our Haspel experience with a formal dinner at the classic New Orleans’ R’Evolution Restaurant (special thanks to the team at the celebrated store Rubenstein Bros., who fitted us all in Haspel suits so we could be suitably dressed for the occasion). We then hit the town for a few cocktails and a walk down historic Bourbon Street, with a frozen daiquiri in hand, of course. Haspel Haspel Haspel Haspel Previous Next Raleigh Denim Workshop Makes Jeans with Artistry and Ingenuity in the U.S.A. Haspel Haspel Haspel Haspel A Peek Inside the Joseph Abboud Factory: Italian Fabric, Made in America Haspel Haspel Haspel Haspel Haspel 1 of 4 Haspel On Tom Waits’ classic Nighthawks at The Diner, during the closing track Waits agrees that he needs to step up his style, saying, “Maybe a serious seersucker Saturday evening cranberry accouterment ensemble would be nice.” Wouldn’t it, though? The line kept snaking through my head when I was invited by Haspel, the champion of seersucker, to head South and experience the city of New Orleans — and the birthplace of the classic seersucker suit — to celebrate National Seersucker Day. Haspel was founded in New Orleans in 1909, so this was a not-to-be-passed-up opportunity to celebrate the brand’s 110th anniversary, while taking a deep drink of the culture that formed this sartorial icon. According to fashion historian Bill Haltom, author of Milk and Sugar: The Complete Book of Seersucker, the history of seersucker fabric gets muddled in time. The name itself is said to come from the Persian; a derivation of “sheer” and “shakkar,” meaning milk and sugar, describing the way the smooth and bumpy textures of the fabric come out in the weave. It was brought to the United States from the British Colonial East Indies in the 1800s. That puckered texture causes the already lightweight fabric to lift away from the skin, keeping the wearer cool. Joseph Haspel, a clothier and tailor, adopted the fabric to make work clothes for factory workers and farmers — even prisoners — who work in New Orleans’ near-tropical climate. He was inspired to tailor the fabric into a suit for professionals to battle Louisiana’s raging heat, and it became a sensation throughout the South. Haspel 1 of 20 Haspel Haspel The Best Lodges in the U.S. for Drinking and Relaxing How to Shave With a Straight Razor The next morning we toured the groundbreaking Studio BE, the exhibition and work space of artist and activist Brandan Odums. Odums is a muralist more than he is a graffiti artist, although you could be forgiven for thinking that given that his preferred medium is spray paint. His work celebrates, honors, and reveals contemporary black culture, as well as its roots. His work grows from his desire to draw attention to the plight of the area’s African American community following the devastation of Hurricane Katrina in 2005, many of whom were driven from homes that were never replaced in the ongoing recovery. On a lighter note we headed to the New Orleans School of Cooking to be schooled in preparation of Cajun cuisine by making our own lunch of corn and crab bisque, shrimp and grits, and bread pudding by Chef Matt Guillory. Guillory carefully explained the history and differences between Cajun and Creole food all while keeping a group of eight people cooking like pros.  America’s Oldest City Has a Super-Modern Dining and Drinking Scene Haspel last_img read more

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The last week of the current season  are the right moment to present our TOP 10 list of the “missed targets” – transfers which showed no valuable for the teams in the season behind us. Every year is the same. After list of the “BEST BUY”, announcing the list of “missed targets”, the group of players who didn’t fullfill expectations in their new teams based on their quality and rich international experience.It is questionable, whether teams made mistakes or these players need more time to adapt, but season 2014/2015 wasn’t good enough for certain names to “avoid” our yearly list.TOP 10 “MISSED TARGETS” OF THE SEASON 2014/20151. Snorri Gudjonsson (GOG Handball – Selestat)2. Cyril Dumoulin (Chambery Savoie – Toulouse Fenix)3. Christian Zeitz (THW Kiel – MKB MVM Veszprem)4. William Accambray (Montpellier HC – PSG HAndball)5. Isais Guardiola (Rhein Neckar Lowen – Aalborg)6. Denis Shiskarev (Chekhovskie Medvedi – RK Vardar Skopje)7. Esper Li Hansen ( US Dunkerque – SC Magdeburg)8. Wael Jallouz (THW Kiel – FC Barcelona)9. Blazenko Lackovic (HSV HAndball – RK Vardar Skopje)10. Borut Mackovsek (Dinamo Minsk – Montpellier) ← Previous Story Vujin to miss “brother’s war” for EHF EURO 2016 in Montenegro Next Story → Over 14.000 votes for the WORLD YOUNG FEMALE PLAYER 2014/2015 read more