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Shell Vacations’ Holua Resort at Mauna Loa Village in Kailua-Kona Ranked #1 By TripAdvisor® Travelers Popularity Index

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

TripAdvisor ranks Shell Vacations’ Holua Resort at Mauna Loa Village number one yet again, according to its prestigious Popularity Index.

Holua Resort

Holua Resort

Northbrook, IL (Vocus/PRWEB ) September 2, 2009 — For the fourth consecutive month, Shell Vacations’ Holua Resort at Mauna Loa Village in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii has maintained the number one ranked position on TripAdvisor’s Popularity Index, based on consumer comments. The resort is ranked #1 out of 23 Kailua-Kona area hotels and resorts with a 4.5 rating. The TripAdvisor Popularity Index incorporates Traveler Ratings, guidebook entries, newspaper articles and other web content sources to determine traveler satisfaction.

TripAdvisor.com is considered one of the largest travel communities in the world hosting more than 20 million reviews and opinions that cover over 200,000 hotels and travel attractions. This website provides consumers with recommendations for hotels, inns, resorts, vacations, as well as travel packages offered by the various hospitality entities.

Commented Kalae Wheeler, General Manager of Shell Vacations Holua Resort at Mauna Loa Village, “We are delighted that TripAdvisor travelers have honored Holua Resort as one of the island’s most popular resorts. With customer service always our top priority, this award confirms that we have achieved our goal.”

Holua’s unique circular shaped buildings, brightly colored interiors and distinctive royal blue roofs create an exceptional vacation experience on the Big Island of Hawaii. “Delivering our guests superior service is a top priority at Shell Vacations Hospitality as is showcased at Holua Resort,” said Susan Kelley, President of Shell Vacations Hospitality. “We are delighted that our continuous efforts at Holua Resort have been acknowledged by TripAdvisor travelers and we look forward to extending our high level of service to even more guests”.

Holua Resort offers spacious, air-conditioned one and two-bedroom villas accommodating up to ten guests. Designed with a Hawaiian flair, all villas are fully furnished offering full kitchen amenities, a private lanai or patio with ocean, mountain or golf course view. On-site recreation includes eight outdoor swimming pools and whirlpools, five world-class tennis courts and a newly opened fitness facility.
Nestled within 36 holes of championship golf, the resort is a golfer’s paradise with the stunning coastal view of Keauhou Bay’s private harbor as their neighbor. The best sport fishing in the Pacific or visit an active volcano – the diversity found within easy distance of the Holua Resort is as remarkable as it is exhilarating.

TripAdvisor guests are the result of an extensive rental program created on behalf of Shell Vacations Club (SVC), the company’s points-based vacation ownership club. The rental program is totally facilitated and administered by Shell Vacations Hospitality.

About Shell Vacations Hospitality
Headquartered in Northbrook, IL, Shell Vacations is one of the nation’s most respected independent vacation ownership developers with more than 2,200 employees. The company specializes in the sales, marketing, and hospitality management of its vacation ownership resorts as well as the servicing of over 125,000 owners/members. For more information, please visit www.ShellVacationsClub.com andwww.ShellVacationsHospitality.com

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Best Places to Work Hawaii 2009

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

Shell Management Hawaii Inc. has been selected as one of the Best Places to Work in Hawaii! Everyone at your company should be very proud of this accomplishment.

Best Places to Work, sponsored by ProService Hawaii, is an annual feature for Hawaii Business.  Recently, employees of Best Places to Work hopefuls were surveyed across the state.  Their responses were compiled by the Best Companies Group and used to determine Hawaii’s top employers.

SIX TIPS FOR FINDING HAWAII SUMMER VACATION DEALS

Monday, June 8th, 2009

Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau.

–  Affordable airline and hotel values make Hawaii a bargain for travelers –

HONOLULU — Travelers planning a summer vacation will find that Hawaii is  one of the nation’s  most affordable destinations this year, thanks to special  savings and value-added bargains  being offered by major airlines, hotels and  resorts, and activities and attractions.

“Hawaii is historically one of the world’s most popular summer vacation destinations and this  year is an exceptionally good time to visit with the deals and specials in the marketplace for  travelers to take advantage of,” said John Monahan, president and CEO of the Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau (HVCB).

Because of Hawaii’s enduring popularity, summer vacation deals to Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui, and Hawaii’s Big Island are in abundance, which also makes it a challenge in keeping up with the latest offers and savings opportunities.

Following are six tips from HVCB as to where travelers can find the special offers to save money and add value to their Hawaii vacation experience.

Travel Wholesalers – Numerous wholesalers are creatively packaging a variety of affordable Hawaii experiences for summer, such as All About Hawaii, American Airlines Vacations, American Express Vacations, Apple Vacations, Classic Vacations, Liberty Travel/GOGO Worldwide Vacations, Pleasant Holidays, and United Vacations. For a listing of the wholesalers offering travel bargains, visit HVCB’s website — www.gohawaii.com — for more information.

Travel Agents — Professional travel agents continue to be one of the best, most reliable resources for planning a Hawaii vacation, especially when visiting more than one island. Thousands of agents nationwide have completed HVCB’s Ke Kula O Hawaii destination specialist program, making them well versed on how best to enjoy the islands and take advantage of special deals and offers.

Online Travel Agencies — As consumers increasingly prefer to research and book their travel online, Expedia, Orbitz, Travelocity, and other online travel agencies are responding with an ever-growing number of special offers and packages for travel to Hawaii. These sites are offering competitive deals on Hawaii vacations for summer and helpful tools to educate travelers about the enticing offerings on each of the six major Hawaiian Islands.

Airline, Hotel and Activity Websites — Frequent business and leisure travelers will find that their favorite airline, hotel and activity websites are increasingly offering “best rates” for customers wanting to book their own vacations. These customer-based reward programs provide great incentives for booking vacations, with some offering complimentary Internet access, reduced baggage check-in fees, and other valuable perks.

Social Media — Blogs and social networking sites like Twitter have become great tools for finding travel deals fast. Suppliers are posting offers daily and consumers are helping each other to find the best values. For Hawaii specific deals on Twitter, use the hashtag — #hideals — for current offers.

Newspapers and Magazines — Sunday newspaper travel sections and travel magazines continue to be useful vacation planning resources. However, with the majority of them now available online, consumers can access destination deals and news 24/7. As travel journalists are blogging their analysis and opinion throughout the week for these outlets, travelers can find the best bargains for Hawaii quicker than ever before.

For information about Hawaii and to begin planning a vacation to the Islands of Aloha, visit GoHawaii.com.

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