Fiji Agent Roadshow

Bula! Are you a travel agent interested in learning more about Fiji? Want to meet with several resort and activity operators that are located in Fiji? Join us at our upcoming Fiji Roadshow. From 12-22 February, you can join us in the following cities to learn more about Fiji: Vancouver, Seattle, San Francisco, Walnut Creek, Read more about Fiji Agent Roadshow[…]

Happy Birthday – To Us!

We are so very thrilled to be celebrating our 15th year at Creative Resort Marketing. The past 15 years have passed by so quickly! Our travels have taken us around the globe, and we have been so very fortunate to have met literally thousands of travel agents and tens of thousands of consumers. We remain Read more about Happy Birthday – To Us![…]

Chicago – Our World Underwater

  Attention all Scuba Divers in the Chicago area: Meet us at the Our World Underwater Show at the Chicago Marriott O’Hare on 17 & 8 February 2018. We will be there presenting Paradise Taveuni. Learn more about diving in Fiji, and why Paradise Taveuni is the premier dive destination in the South Pacific. See Read more about Chicago – Our World Underwater[…]

Divers – See you in Dallas!

Attention all Scuba Divers in the Dallas area: Meet us at the Our World Underwater Show at the Embassy Suites – Dallas/Frisco Hotel Convention Center on January 27 & 28 2018. We will be there presenting Paradise Taveuni. Learn more about diving in Fiji, and why Paradise Taveuni is the premier dive destination in the Read more about Divers – See you in Dallas![…]

Brisbane, Melbourne & Crazy Football

OK. OK. I’ll admit it. I LOVE Australia. Beautiful country. Fun-loving people. And maybe the craziest ‘football’ in the world. My first stop was Brisbane, where I enjoyed summer-like weather and some great appointments and meetings. Brisbane is a very walkable city, and I really enjoyed going out for evening strolls and early morning walks. Read more about Brisbane, Melbourne & Crazy Football[…]

Scuba Show Long Beach

No rest for the weary! After a very successful week in Fiji attending the Fiji Tourism Expo, I had to immediately depart after my last meeting on Friday so I could travel to Long Beach CA for this weekend’s Scuba Show. Advertised as the Diving Event of the Year, the Scuba Show has been in Read more about Scuba Show Long Beach[…]

Fiji Luxury Roadshow – Back at it!

And we’re back! Week two of the Tourism Fiji Luxury Travel Roadshow has us starting in beautiful San Francisco. With an event at the San Francisco Fairmont, there is simply no better place to take in the breathtaking views of this amazing city. After our event, we will shuttle down to San Jose, before we Read more about Fiji Luxury Roadshow – Back at it![…]

Fiji Marketing Forum

Want to spend the weekend chatting about Fiji? Sure. Want to stay in a waterfront hotel in Southern California? Why, yes. Want to share some fun and exciting marketing ideas with travel professionals from across North America? Why not! This weekend was the annual Fiji Marketing Forum, which gathered professionals from around North America to Read more about Fiji Marketing Forum[…]

Tourism Fiji – Luxury Travel Roadshow

Buckle up. We’re about to take off! This week, we are criss-crossing the country to promote Luxury Travel to Fiji! I will be presenting Yasawa Island Resort & Spa to luxury travel agents around the USA. Our first stop is Dallas Texas. Then off to some events in New York City, before flying cross-country to Read more about Tourism Fiji – Luxury Travel Roadshow[…]

Wow Wanaka!

Boy, I’ve got it good. I live in Colorado – one of the prettiest spots in America, with an amazing lifestyle and awesome weather. Then, I get to travel to fantastic places like Wanaka New Zealand. Wanaka is the closest place I have found to Colorado. Amazing natural beauty? Check. Great weather? Check. Tons of Read more about Wow Wanaka![…]

Rarotonga – Feels more and more like Home!

I am so very fortunate to regularly visit one of the world’s best tropical islands – Rarotonga – in the gorgeous Cook Islands. Even after more than twenty or so visits, the landing at the Rarotonga International Airport takes my breath away. This is one of the South Pacific’s most beautiful islands. And, the beauty of Read more about Rarotonga – Feels more and more like Home![…]

Home-Based Travel Agent Show

I am in Las Vegas attending the Home-Based Travel Agent Show. This is a fantastic event, with a lot of information, tools, and assistance for home-based travel agents. It is wonderful to see such great outreach to the valuable home-based agents, and the reception so far has been very positive.

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New Zealand Sales Mission – California & Texas

Starting in mid December, Air New Zealand will introduce nonstop service between Houston and Auckland. Tourism New Zealand is actively promoting the destination to wholesalers and travel agents throughout Texas, and I was very fortunate to join the Tourism New Zealand team in promoting this amazing destination. We participated in a TNZ Update in Los Read more about New Zealand Sales Mission – California & Texas[…]

Sales Calls in Australia & New Zealand

What a wonderful opportunity – visit Travel Companies in Sydney and Brisbane, and attend the Flight Centre Expo travel shows in Christchurch and Auckland! I always love visiting Australia and New Zealand, and every time I visit, I am reminded that these travel markets do differ quite a bit from the market in North America. Read more about Sales Calls in Australia & New Zealand[…]

Fiji Tourism Exchange

Another VERY successful Fiji Tourism Exchange! It was great to see all of our global wholesale and OTA partners at FTE. This is a wonderful opportunity to get together, discuss Fiji and its unique appeal, and coordinate strategies to market and promote this incredible destination. I have been attending FTE (and BFTE prior) since 2000, Read more about Fiji Tourism Exchange[…]

Cook Islands Sales Mission – United Kingdom

Whenever I have an opportunity to promote the Cook Islands, I am always excited. And, when an opportunity arose to present my Cook Islands clients to travel wholesalers and travel agents in the United Kingdom, I could not pass. I have just recently returned from a very successful sales mission to the UK. We were Read more about Cook Islands Sales Mission – United Kingdom[…]

Fiji – A new kind of adventure

When the owner of Crusoe’s Retreat asked if I would visit the resort in February, I said ‘of course!’. When he then mentioned that he would like me to cover as resort manager for a couple of weeks, I responded, ‘Absolutely!’. I am very fortunate to have just spent two weeks as Acting Manager at Read more about Fiji – A new kind of adventure[…]

Thanks Raro!

This has been one very productive and fun week in Rarotonga. Our meetings at the KOCI 2014 forum went very well, and a big thank you to the organizers. It was wonderful to sit and meet with wholesale travel companies, and to see their enthusiasm in promoting this amazing destination. This week, I was able Read more about Thanks Raro![…]

Rarotonga – Back Where I Belong!

Where else in the world can you land at 7:00a, clear Immigration and Customs, and arrive at your destination, cup of coffee in hand with toes in the sand, by 7:45a?  I love Rarotonga! I am so very fortunate to be visiting the Cook Islands once again for the KOCI forum. Travel professionals from across Read more about Rarotonga – Back Where I Belong![…]

New Zealand Sales Mission – North America

I just finished up a fantastic two week Sales Mission, expertly organized by Tourism New Zealand’s amazing team, visiting cities across North America. A huge thank you goes out to the TNZ team, as well as all the great folks who traveled from New Zealand to join the sales mission. We met hundreds of great Read more about New Zealand Sales Mission – North America[…]

Wanaka – OK, I get it!

Now I get it. Spending a couple days in Queenstown, I quickly saw why this is such a popular destination. Tons of activities, lots of adventure, a vibrant town, dramatic mountains and lake views. This place is well-deserved of all it’s praise. But Wanaka. Wow. Wanaka is a gem. Located approximately an hour’s drive from Read more about Wanaka – OK, I get it![…]

Queenstown and a Bucket List Reduced

You know . . . when great opportunities present themselves, you simply MUST take advantage of them. That was me today. I had the opportunity to reduce my bucket list. Standing on the precipice, looking down at the meandering river below, cold crisp gorgeous spring morning, I had to ask myself: are you insane? Yes, Read more about Queenstown and a Bucket List Reduced[…]

Seattle & Portland – 2 Great and Diverse Cities

There are several great travel companies located in the Pacific Northwest, and I am very fortunate to be able to visit two of America’s great cities: Seattle and Portland. It most certainly doesn’t hurt that I was able to visit during hot, sunny days, where these two cities shined at their brightest. A great big Read more about Seattle & Portland – 2 Great and Diverse Cities[…]

Successful FTE Conference

A truly exhausting week of very productive meetings at the Fiji Tourism Exchange conference. I am thrilled with the results! The FTE meetings took place at the Sheraton Denarau. This was a great venue, and the FTE staff was extremely well organized. Very well done, and kudos to all involved. I return home very happy, Read more about Successful FTE Conference[…]

Fiji – FTE Conference

Having just arrived in Fiji, I am always struck by how much this place feels like home. Smiling, friendly faces, ease of travel, stunning beauty, and so much more. This week is the inaugural Fiji Tourism Exchange (taking over for the popular Bula Fiji Tourism Exchange), where travel companies from around the globe visit Fiji Read more about Fiji – FTE Conference[…]

Is your hotel/resort ready for the Chinese Tourism boom?

The next great growth in international tourism will be coming from China.  CLICK HERE to read more.  However, your hotel and resort needs to be ready for this new increase in business from China.  From Hotel Compendiums in Chinese, emergency contacts who can speak Chinese, Food & Beverage options, and more – you need to Read more about Is your hotel/resort ready for the Chinese Tourism boom?[…]

An Interesting Look at Arrival Statistics

There are many ways to look at Visitor Arrival Statistics.  You have to consider the number of actual Tourists versus Visiting Friends & Relatives versus Business Travelers.  Length of stay, average daily spend, and many more aspects also need to be examined. Lets take a look at Visitor Arrivals from a different perspective – Visitors Read more about An Interesting Look at Arrival Statistics[…]

What to do when your Destination’s image is tarnished

Costa Rica is feeling a bit of backlash from being removed from the Ethical Travel List. Long considered an eco-friendly destination, certain factors went in to having Costa Rica removed from this list. Like any ‘Top List’, criteria and judgement can be subjective. As a Resort, Property or Activity, you are certainly affected by your Read more about What to do when your Destination’s image is tarnished[…]

OTAs and Rate Parity

Sure, OTAs want the best possible rate from hotels. They are always seeking ‘exclusive’ offers for their websites. Yet, when one OTA finds another with lower rates, they scream about rate parity. The concept of “Guaranteed Best Rate” is a fallacy when everyone has the same rate. CLICK HERE to read about a recent court Read more about OTAs and Rate Parity[…]

THANKS Southern California!

We enjoyed a VERY successful series of events and meetings with some of our favorite travel wholesalers and travel agents in Southern California. It was fantastic meeting with old friends and new colleagues, and discussing the Cook Islands, Fiji and Samoa.  The first day of the Long Beach Adventure Travel Show was also a great Read more about THANKS Southern California![…]

PATA Event – San Diego

A huge thank you goes out to all the wonderful PATA agents who attended our Cook Islands informational breakfast in San Diego. It was fantastic seeing you all, and thank you for your enthusiasm in learning more about the wonderful Cook Islands. We look forward to working with you all very closely, and hope to Read more about PATA Event – San Diego[…]

Cook Islands visits San Diego

A great big THANK YOU to Roseann, Wendy and the team at Outdoor Travel Adventures for hosting a Cook Islands night at Old Venice Restaurant in San Diego last night. Attendance at the event was fantastic, and the venue was perfect – even in the rare rain! Interest in the Cook Islands was very strong, Read more about Cook Islands visits San Diego[…]

New Cook Islands Tourism Office – North America

A great big congratulations goes out to John Petersen for his fantastic office-warming party. The new Cook Islands Tourism Office in North America is in Los Angeles, just off Century Blvd near LAX.  JP brought in some local Cook Islanders to sing, drum, dance and perform at the opening of his new office. There was Read more about New Cook Islands Tourism Office – North America[…]

Sunset Resort names Creative Resort Marketing North American Representative

Sunset Resort – Rarotonga appoints Creative Resort Marketing as North American Representative Sunset Resort, one of Rarotonga’s leading resorts, has named Creative Resort Marketing as its North American Sales & Marketing Representative.  Creative Resort Marketing will assist Sunset Resort with all marketing and sales activities throughout North America, as well as assist with internet-based marketing. Read more about Sunset Resort names Creative Resort Marketing North American Representative[…]

The Cook Islands Visits San Diego

Join Outdoor Travel Adventures, Cook Islands Honeymoons & local Cook Islander Stephen Doherty at a Cook Islands Social! Paul Rec from Creative Resort Marketing will also be in attendance and will be discussing why the Cook Islands is one of his favorite places on earth! When: Thursday, February 6th from 5-7pm Where: Old Venice Restaurant at 2910 Cañon St, Read more about The Cook Islands Visits San Diego[…]

Thanks Portland!

A great big thanks to the wonderful travel agents and wholesale reservation staff that I met during last week’s trip to Portland. It was wonderful to see you all. I always enjoy visiting Portland – it is one of the best and most unique cities in America. And, during my stay, I even had time Read more about Thanks Portland![…]

Where in the World is Creative Resort Marketing?

We are staying very busy at Creative Resort Marketing. Our travel plans for the next several weeks will bring us to: Portland – 16-18 January Los Angeles – 23-24 January Los Angeles/Long Beach/Orange County/San Diego – 5-8 February Long Beach Adventure Travel Show – 8 February New York – 26 February – 1 March New Read more about Where in the World is Creative Resort Marketing?[…]

Palm Grove – Beachfront Studio Renovations Sneak Peek

  SNEAK PREVIEW of completed renovations at Palm Grove. The Beachfront Studio now has a brand new kitchen, a completely brand new bathroom, and a new and enlarged deck with super comfy sun chairs. These incredibly popular beachfront studios just got a whole lot nicer – and the nightly rate is not increasing at all Read more about Palm Grove – Beachfront Studio Renovations Sneak Peek[…]

KOCI Cook Islands Forum 2013

The Kia Orana Cook Islands 2013 Forum has just ended, and we are celebrating another very successful event. This week-long marketing forum brings together Cook Islands travel products with wholesale travel companies from around the world. The event is held in Rarotonga, the Capitol of the Cook Islands. Creative Resort Marketing attended these meetings, and Read more about KOCI Cook Islands Forum 2013[…]

Crusoe’s Retreat – Looks Amazing

I just returned from a quick trip to Fiji to visit Crusoe’s Retreat, where we hosted our annual Marketing Conference.  The weather could not have been nicer!  Gorgeous warm days, with cool evenings – just perfect.  We were lucky to have one free day, where the Crusoe’s team enjoyed a day out on the Sigatoka Off-Road Read more about Crusoe’s Retreat – Looks Amazing[…]

Seattle & Portland – Cook Islands Nights

Kia Orana to all my friends in Seattle and Portland, and Meitaki (Thank You) for attending the Cook Islands Night we hosted in your beautiful cities. It was great seeing you all and thanks for taking the time to visit with us. It’s always great talking about Royale Takitumu and Palm Grove.  I was fortunate Read more about Seattle & Portland – Cook Islands Nights[…]

Oh, Canada!

A great big THANK YOU to all of my friends and colleagues throughout Canada. I just returned from the week-long Sunsational South Pacific Roadshow, and was fortunate enough to have presented on behalf of both Royale Takitumu and Palm Grove to hundreds of travel agents in Edmonton, Calgary, Victoria, Vancouver and Langley. The weather cooperated, Read more about Oh, Canada![…]

Coconuts Beach Club – THE BEST in Samoa

It’s been too long since my last visit to Coconuts Beach Club, but it didn’t take long to realize why Coconuts is simply THE BEST RESORT IN SAMOA!  The property looks amazing, with lush gardens, beautiful water features, new outdoor seating areas around the bar/restaurant, the amazing pool deck with new furniture and umbrellas . Read more about Coconuts Beach Club – THE BEST in Samoa[…]

My home in Fiji – Crusoe’s Retreat

There’s something truly magical about waking up early on your first morning in Fiji. Strolling the lush gardens. Walking the deserted beach. The only sounds you hear are the sing song melodies of the birds, and the gently lapping waves upon the sand. I’m home again – back at Crusoe’s Retreat in Fiji. My visit Read more about My home in Fiji – Crusoe’s Retreat[…]