12.4.08 .travel Team Attends Travel Trade’s 25th Annual Leisure Travel Conference

This week’s newsletter highlights some of the team’s participation at the Travel Leisure Conference in Miami and a new .travel success story to add to our growing list,

.travel Team Attends Travel Trade’s 25th Annual Leisure Travel Conference

The .travel executive team attended Travel Trade’s 25th Annual Leisure Travel Conference last weekend in Miami, Florida. Held at the Miami Hyatt Regency, the largest and longest running Travel Trade event presented various educational seminars, workshops, cruise ship inspections, and networking opportunities. .travel executive team members had the opportunity to speak on two panels. .travel also exhibited at the Leisure Travel Marketplace, held on November 17th. Geared Towards Responsible Travelers is a new web portal that is opening the door to independent travelers wishing to book services with local tour operators and accommodations. “The portal is an important addition to our country’s tourism promotion channels,” said the Solomon Islands Minister for Tourism, Mr. Seth Gukuna. “It will not only enhance Solomon Islands appeal, but also enable business to be conducted in this important sector.”

SolomonIslands-Hotels intends to use its .travel name in all marketing aspects including email, business cards, collateral materials, and expos. It has also used its .travel name in a recent interview on a National ABC radio program – “Talking Pidjin” – and in its participation in the Adventure Travel shows in Sydney and Brisbane in November 2008.

The name “Solomon Islands” was a natural choice to the owners, as “hotels” is a significant key word in searches and .travel reflects the nature of the site. By using its .travel name, SolomonIslands-Hotels expects to see an increase in independent travelers due to the additional exposure and well presented information available to them. They are also expecting a broad spectrum of visitors. The Solomon Islands has a variety of activities and special interests that will attract a wide spectrum of travelers from backpackers to business travelers.

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