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Hawaii Catches the 2019 WAVE Awards

Top Winners are Outrigger and HVCB


Outrigger Hospitality Group Executives: Sean Dee, Geri Harvey and Bob Froio

HONOLULU – Hawaii is riding high with WAVE Award wins in TravelAge West’s Resort/Hotel, Tourism Board and Destination categories. For the third year running, Outrigger Hotels and Resorts represents the Aloha State as “Best Hotel Chain in Hawaii,”also picking up accolades for “Best Hotel Brand for Families in Hawaii” for the second year in a row. Also garnering the top spot as “U.S. Tourism Board Providing the Best Travel Advisor Support” was Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB) and Hawaii as the “Destination with the Highest Client Satisfaction, U.S.” against Las Vegas, New Orleans, Orlando, Fla. and California.

“On our voyage to be the premier beach resort brand in the world – it’s truly an honor to be named the Best Hotel Chain and Best Family Brand in Hawaii,” said Sean Dee, chief marketing officer for Outrigger Hospitality Group. “These accolades are a testament to our team’s efforts to deliver unparalleled service to our valued travel agent partners and authentic experiences for our guests.”

The Western Agents’ Vote of Excellence (WAVE) Awards, held at The Ritz-Carlton, Marina del Ray, on June 13, gave travel agents the opportunity to recognize the outstanding qualities and services of their travel-supplier partners. This year’s highly competitive field of finalists included Hilton Worldwide, Four Seasons Resorts Hawaii and Marriott Hawaii, among others.

Every year, the editorial team at TravelAge West reviews product analysis, on-site visits, a travel agent survey and online research for hundreds of travel suppliers and products. A list of “Editor’s Pick” nominees is then confirmed with WAVE Award winners and nominees celebrated at the black-tie, star-studded gala.

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