Outrigger chair to keynote show

NEW YORK -- Dr. Richard Kelley, chairman of the board of Outrigger Enterprises, will be a keynote speaker at the Honeymoon & Romantic Getaways Show and Conference with Great Spas.

The event will be held at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, Calif., Nov. 3 and 4.

The family-owned Outrigger Enterprises is Hawaii's largest hotel company, with 70 owned or managed hotels in Hawaii, the Pacific region and the mainland U.S.

Kelley is a member of the executive committee of the World Travel & Tourism Council and was elected to the Hawaii Business Hall of Fame.

As an active participant in Hawaii tourism, he is in a position to know firsthand the power of the honeymoon and romantic getaway markets as well as the spa niche, all of which are experiencing healthy growth.

"In this time, when travel agents are having a difficult time after losing airline commissions, here is a market where people need a travel agent to get the best possible kinds of packages," Kelley said.

Clients in the honeymoon, romantic getaway and spa markets are "often upscale," he said, and often busy.

"They don't have time to go into all the details of the vacation on their own," Kelley said. "It's an ideal market for today's travel agents."

Outrigger recently added spas to two resorts it cobrands with Marriott: the Waikoloa Beach Marriott and the Wailea Marriott.

"We've seen the whole spa area grow tremendously," Kelley said. "There's a lot more demand for it. There is a lot of stress these days, and more and more people are taking time out for romance and spa vacations."

Travel Weekly is a sponsor of the show. Other sponsors of the show include TravelAge West, the Cruise Lines International Association, the U.S Tour Operators Association and Modern Agent. The Travel Institute, formerly ICTA, is participating as an educational partner.

Cosponsors include Giants, Travelsavers, the Outside Sales Support Network and the Pacific Asia Travel Association. Sandals and Windstar Cruises will be among the special-event sponsors.

To register, call (925) 249-2233 or log on to www.honeymoonshow.com.

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