Bob MacGregor, Hawaii tourism pioneer, 88

HONOLULU -- Bob MacGregor, one of the founding fathers of mass tourism to Hawaii, died April 16. He was 88 years old.

MacGregor founded a travel agency called International Travel Service in Honolulu in 1946, an agency which is still in business today. Later, he started Interisland Trade Wind Tours, an inbound wholesaler to the islands.

Outrigger Enterprises chairman Richard Kelley said MacGregor was "a terrific fellow, and for me he was a great personal mentor."

"He was certainly one of the greats in travel and tourism who laid the foundation for the business that we know today," said Kelley. "With Trade Wind Tours he brought hundreds of thousands of people here. He had to write the script for the inbound wholesale business, the flower lei greetings, the packages, dealing with airlines, computerization -- you can imagine the obstacles."

Besides travel agency business and tour wholesaling, Kelley said MacGregor partnered with the Kelley family in hotel ownership, a bus company, a "U-Drive" company and a telephone company.

He is survived by a daughter and a granddaughter.

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