Must-see attractions on Pleasant Holidays’ new guided vacations include the Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu. // © 2015Polynesian Cultural Center
Another possible trip highlight is Haleakala National Park on Maui. // © 2015 HTA/Tor Johnson
As Pleasant Holidays revives its Hawaii guided vacations, travel agents can benefit greatly as long as they pitch them to the right clients. The wholesaler is introducing 10-day guided itineraries, each exploring three islands. Departures begin on May 12.
The Best of Hawaii tour includes three nights each on Oahu, Maui and Kauai. The second tour, called Experience Hawaii, covers Oahu, Maui and Hawaii Island.
The tours showcase the highlights of each island. Must-see sights include the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor on Oahu, Haleakala National Park on Maui, Waimea Canyon on Kauai and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on Hawaii Island.
While the guided vacations appeal primarily to first-time Hawaii travelers from the Midwest and the East Coast, Jack Richards, president and CEO of Pleasant Holidays, has also gauged interest in the tours from agents in the Pacific Northwest; San Diego, Calif.; Denver; and Phoenix.
“We also expect to receive bookings from the large West Coast markets such as Los Angeles, San Francisco and Seattle. However, these travelers tend to be repeat visitors who know where they want to stay and explore in Hawaii,” Richards said.
In addition to first-time Hawaii travelers, said Richards, the most receptive audiences for the tours include solo travelers; those looking for a multi-island itinerary that doesn’t overwhelm; multigenerational travelers needing activities that will interest all ages; mature travelers seeking expert assistance, insights and travel logistics; and clients interested in authentic cultural experiences.
Rates start at $2,599 per person, based on double occupancy, not including transpacific airfare. Travel agents earn 18 percent commission on Hawaii guided vacations. Agents who book tours by March 31 will earn 1,000 bonus points with Pleasant Holidays’ travel agent loyalty program.