Travel Weekly Editor Alan Fredricks Dies

*HCVB's Dream Come True *ATAA Awards Scholarships

Alan Fredericks, CTC, Travel Weekly’s editor-at-large and former longtime editor in chief died at his home in New Jersey, after a long battle with cancer. He was 70.

Fredericks served as editor in chief of Travel Weekly for 25 years, earning a reputation as one of the industry’s most influential travel journalists and publishing executives and garnering a number of honors and awards. At the time of his death, he was editor-at-large for Travel Weekly and vice president and editorial director of its parent company, Northstar Travel Media, LLC (which also owns TravelAge West).

Over the years, Fredericks appeared as a commentator on numerous radio talk shows across the country and on a number of major national news programs, including ABC’s “Good Morning America,” “The CBS Evening News With Dan Rather” and the CBS Morning News. He also filled in as a substitute DJ from time to time on WCBS-FM in New York.

Among his many honors and awards was his appointment in 1994 as a delegate to the White House Conference on Travel and Tourism. Fredericks was also the first representative of the trade press to receive what is now known as The Travel Journalist of the Year Award, and he later received the American Business Media’s G.D. Crain Award.

He is survived by his wife, Cathy; their daughter, Caitlin; two sons by a previous marriage, Lon and Todd; and brother, Jerry.

HVCB’s Dream Come True

The Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau has launched the Ultimate Hawaii Dream Vacation contest to help promote the state’s abundance of activities. Clients can enter by logging on to a new HVCB Web site and coming up with their version of the most exciting Hawaii vacation possible. To do so, they click on various islands, peruse scores of available activities, drag their favorites into a calendar and submit the final plan electronically. At the end of the year, judges will weigh the entries and pick three winners, who get to experience their Hawaii itineraries for real during action-packed, six-night vacations for two, including roundtrip air from the mainland.

If all goes according to plan, the winners aren’t the only ones who will benefit from the fall contest.

“We want to raise awareness of how much more there is to do in Hawaii than just sitting on the beach, so in the long run we’ll be driving more business to activity vendors,” said HVCB marketing vice president Jay Talwar. “At the same time, we’re showing consumers that putting together such a compelling vacation is complex, and to do it right requires the help of an expert.”

Targeting high-spending active travelers, HVCB is running weekly ads for the promotion on page A-2 of The Wall Street Journal. Clients can enter the Ultimate Hawaii Dream Vacation contest through the end of November.

ATAA Awards Scholarships

The Association of Travel Agents of America (ATAA) recently named nine scholarship winners to The Travel Institute’s National Forum. The scholarships include all conference registration fees.

The scholarship winners are: Betty Cox, Travel Concepts; Annette Turner, Art of Travel; Linda Twogood, Allegro Travel; Monika Leuenberger, Avenues of the World; Dori Lerua, Peter Ward and Tom Galbraith, The Cruise Place; Lauri Cline, TQ3 Navigant Vacations; and Troy Flagg, Premier Travel.

“ATAA is proud to sponsor scholarships to The Travel Institute’s National Forum,” said ATAA spokesman Scott Caddow.