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Shell Management Hawaii, Inc. Named the #1 Best Place to Work in Hawaii for 2011

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

Shell Management Hawaii, Inc. Named the #1 Best Place to Work in Hawaii for 2011

Honolulu, HI – April 5, 2011– For the second consecutive year. Shell Management Hawaii, Inc. was awarded the number one Best Place to Work in Hawaii for 2011 in the large company category at the Awards Dinner at the Waikiki Edition on April 1, 2011. The award was presented to Linda Anthony, Regional Vice President of Shell Management Hawaii, by Steven Petranick, Editor of Hawaii Business Magazine. The seventh annual event honors Hawaiian businesses in its “Best Places To Work In Hawaii” program, is co-sponsored by Best Companies Group of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and UHA (University Health Alliance) and published annually by Hawaii Business Magazine.

Best Companies Group (BCG) also awarded Shell Management Hawaii the top award for “Healthiest Workplace Company” in the large employer category. The Healthiest Workplaces award focuses on specific health and wellness related topics such as, ‘Does a company pay 100 percent of medical care? Does a company have a health and wellness program?’ These are all taken into account and analyzed by BCG. Shell Management Hawaii has a wellness program called the Wellness Ohana. A committee that consists of representatives from each of the resorts plus the regional office launches a new theme each quarter that provides employee education and encouragement on that theme–everything from “Happy Healthy Heart” to “Skin Care Essentials”.

This survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the best places of employment in Hawaii, benefiting the state’s economy, its workforce and businesses. The Best Places to Work in Hawaii list is made up of a total of 60 companies, split into three groups: 23 small- companies (15-49 employees), 17 medium companies (50-249 employees) and 20 large companies (250 or more employees). With 267 employees, Shell Management Hawaii, Inc has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Hawaii in the large category. Included in the large company category were respected companies such as Wyndham Vacation Ownership, Deloitte and New York Life.

Companies from across the state entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Places to Work in Hawaii. The first part consisted of evaluating each participating company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration, survey and analysis process and determined the final rankings.

There are five Shell Vacations’ resorts on the Hawaiian Islands and they include: Holua Resort at Mauna Loa Village, Kona Coast Resort and Paniolo Greens on the Big Island; Kauai Coast Resort at the Beachboy in Kauai as well as Waikiki Marina Resort at the Ilikai in Honolulu.

Upon receiving the award, Anthony said, “Winning this prestigious award two years in a row speaks to a major tenet of Shell Vacations’ corporate culture—consistency. Programs aren’t instituted one year and changed or eliminated the next due to changes in the economy or leadership philosophy. The commitment to employee satisfaction is an ingrained and enduring aspect of our corporate culture. Sue Kelley, President of Shell Vacations Hospitality, not only sets high standards for company performance but also sets as high standards for the company’s genuine care for each and every employee.”

Supported by more than 1,100 hospitality professionals, Shell Vacations Hospitality is the management division for Shell Vacations and handles all resort management responsibilities. Headquartered in Northbrook, Illinois Shell Vacations is one of the nation’s most respected independent vacation ownership developers in the United States. The company specializes in the sales, marketing, and hospitality management of its vacations ownership resorts with 25 resorts in the U.S., Mexico and Canada and 1,700 employees serving over 115,000 owners and members.

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TSUNAMI DAMAGE ON HAWAI’I, THE BIG ISLAND WON’T IMPACT MOST VISITORS

Monday, March 14th, 2011

Big Island Visitors Bureau Hawai’i Island – (Mar. 12, 2011)

Hawai’i Island, especially the Kona  District, sustained some damage from the tsunami generated by  an earthquake near Japan, but impact on visitors will be  minimal, tourism officials said. On Fri., Mar. 11, a  tsunami hit Hawai’i  following a devastating 8.9 magnitude earthquake near the east  coast of Honshu, Japan. Some hotels and businesses along the  Kona and Kohala coasts received significant damage and were  flooded with sea water and debris, but many are up and running  as they assess the aftermath. “It’s business as  almost-usual,” said George Applegate, Executive Director of  the Big Island Visitors Bureau. “We had plenty of advance  warning from our government agencies, and we were able to  coordinate and prepare for the worst. What can be damaging for  visitors is bad information,” he said. For instance, King  Kamehameha’s Kona Beach Hotel on Ali’i Drive in Kailua Village is open  contrary to some reports, and sustained no damage to guest  rooms. The hotel’s website stated:  “The  rooms were untouched by the water. Some of our guests are  choosing to stay at the hotel, since only the public areas  have been affected, however, we are happy to work with our  guests to relocate elsewhere, if desired.” General Manager Jak Hu  said most guests are opting to stay put, and that Billfish Bar  will serve breakfast, lunch and dinner starting Sunday.

The popular Kona  Brewers Festival is on today, and is relocated across the  street to Kona Brewing Company. Despite erroneous  reports and headlines that Kailua Pier was “condemned,” by the  U.S. Coast Guard (which does not have the authority to condemn  the pier) some boat charters are operating. Maggie Brown,  owner of Body Glove cruises, said her company is running whale  watches and historical cruises today. She canceled snorkel  trips only because of poor visibility caused by swirling  surges and waves that have now subsided. “This town is pretty  resilient. We’re all willing to go the extra mile to make  things happen,” Brown said. The National Park  Service reports that Pu’uhonua o Hinaunau National Historical Park  is closed indefinitely as park officials assess damage there.  Kaloko-Honokihau National  Park is open, but the unimproved road that leads to Kaloko  Fishpond is closed. Hulihe’e  Palace is also temporarily closed due to flooding in the  basement, but the artifacts were successfully relocated.   On the Kohala Coast,  the Four Seasons Resort Hualilai will remain closed as its  staff surveys tsunami damage. Ciro Tacinelli, Director of  Marketing, said all guests and employees are safe and sound,  and that guests have been relocated. The resort is calling  those scheduled to arrive through Tuesday to inform them of  the situation. There were no deaths or  serious injuries reported as a result of Friday’s tsunami. All  airports are open and flights are on time, and nearly all  roads, including Ali’i Drive  in Kailua Village, are now open. “Overall, Hawai’i Island escaped with minimal  damage,” said George Applegate. “The best way to help us is to  come visit and enjoy all be have to offer, which is an  inspiring experience and vacation. We send our aloha and  heartfelt sympathy to the people of Japan, and to everyone who  sustained losses due to the earthquake and tsunami,” he said.

Special note to media: The Big Island Visitors Bureau  (BIVB) recognizes the use of the ‘okina ['] or glottal stop,  one of the eight consonants of the modern Hawaiian language;  and the kahaki [?] or macron (e.g., in place names of Hawai’i  such as Kilauea). However, BIVB respects the individual use of  these markings for names of organizations and  businesses.

Vote For The Perfect Summer Vacation Package—And Win It!

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Shell Vacations Hospitality Hosts Its First Ultimate Summer Vacation Contest, Inviting Travelers to Vote for Their Perfect Getaway and Enjoy Their Favorite Resorts on Sale for Summer

Vote for your favorite Summer Vacation!

Vote for your favorite Summer Vacation!

Phoenix, AZ (Vocus/PRWEB ) April 20, 2010 — The days grow longer, flowers spring plentiful and the sunshine smiles on travelers: all signs that summer is quickly approaching. And, for most families, this means that the time has come to plan the annual summer vacation. From an adventure-packed getaway to the mountains of Canada to a week on the relaxing beaches of Hawaii, Shell Vacations Hospitality satisfies travelers’ every last need. And, for the first time ever, Shell Vacations Hospitality is letting families plan their own perfect getaways—and offering the chance to win the vacation package with the most votes!

Upon receiving travelers’ votes for their favorite destinations, Shell Vacations Hospitality will announce bottom-out prices for summer travel to their popular family-friendly resorts. Voters are also entered to win a vacation stay in Napa or San Francisco, as well as a variety of prizes including an iPod Touch, digital camera, and digital picture frame.

Participating destinations that will be voted on include:

  • Arizona: Come to the Grand Canyon State to explore the desert on a Jeep tour, tee off with Dad at the lusciously green golf courses, or take a dive in the refreshing pools.
  • Canada: see the world from a different perspective on a Zipline, through a canopy of trees, or enjoy nature’s best on a bicycle ride through the mountain trails.
  • Hawaii: learn how to surf in the Pacific’s crystalline water, or take the kids on a raft tour through the islands and dolphin coves. You will enjoy every sunrise and sunset in Hawaii.
  • Mexico: south-of-the-border, warm beaches will captivate your heart and an abundant array of activities, such as jetskiing, snorkeling, and parasailing, will quench your family’s thirst for adventure.
  • Nevada: Vegas awaits you and your family. You can choose to ride 25 thrilling rides and attractions at Adventuredome Theme Park, go on a shopping spree, visit the casinos, or simply relax poolside. Viva las Vegas!
  • New England: enjoy the vibrant variety of leafs’ colors and new Hampshire’s amenities. Also, this is the perfect destination to take mom and the kids on a tax-free shopping spree at the nearby shops and name brand stores.
  • Southern California: Play all day and night in this fun in the sun Anaheim, Calif. family vacation! Say “hi” to Mickey Minnie and the gang with an exciting fun filled day at Disneyland® Park.
  • Texas: Giddy up the family in San Antonio, at the Six Flags Fiesta, or Sea World San Antonio. Need to wind down? Float on a gondola, or s troll down on the cobble-stone streets of the Riverwalk.

“This is our first time offering a sale that puts our summer promotion in the hands of travelers,” says Karen Johnson, vice president of sales and marketing for Shell Vacations Hospitality. “We are always looking for ways to improve families’ summer vacations and are excited to finally offer a sale that families have chosen themselves.”

Travelers can register to vote for their favorite family getaway destinations at www.UltimateSummerVacation.com. Each registered account can vote one time per day. All votes must be received by May 19, 2010. Contest rules and description can be found at www.UltimateSummerVacation.com.

About Shell Vacations Hospitality:
Shell Vacations Hospitality offers a collection of 26 resorts, hotels and lodges ideal for family vacations, romantic getaways, retreats, reunions and business trips. Visitors may stay at hotels and resorts in popular destinations in the U.S., Mexico and Canada from San Francisco to Whistler. Shell Vacations Hospitality is a subsidiary of Shell Vacations LLC, a premier developer of upscale vacation ownership resorts. For more information, please visit www.shellhospitality.com.

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