On the ground in Maui: Should travel agents send clients to the island right now?

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One month after wildfires devastated Lahaina, Maui, Signature Travel Network decided to move forward with its annual Owners’ Meeting at the Grand Wailea, located in an unaffected part of the island. This episode of Trade Secrets was recorded from the event.

Hear from Signature CEO Alex Sharpe, travel agency owners and supplier representatives from Allianz Partners, Travel Insured International and Pleasant Holidays as they share their thoughts about promoting travel to the island. 

Listeners will also learn about Signature’s relief efforts, and the resounding takeaway for travel advisors who have visited: Responsible, compassionate tourism is welcome on the Valley Isle.

Note: Although unaffected areas of Maui have remained open to tourism, the affected areas of West Maui will officially open on Oct. 8, according to Hawaii Gov. Josh Green.

This episode is sponsored by Air France-KLM.

Further resources

Coverage from Travel Weekly and TravelAge West:

  • A visit to Maui, a month after the Lahaina fire: Aloha and welcoming hospitality for visitors
  • As Maui thanks agents and urges travel, it plans a new marketing campaign
  • Signature Travel Network to Proceed With Owners’ Meeting in Maui
  • On the ground in Maui: Signature’s Owners’ Meeting Highlights ‘respectful, compassionate’ tourism to the island
  • Go, Postpone, Cancel or Move Maui Travel? Advisors Share How They’re Managing Upcoming Bookings

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