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We are staying very busy at Creative Resort Marketing. Our travel plans for the next several weeks will bring us to: Portland – 16-18 JanuaryLos Angeles – 23-24 JanuaryLos Angeles/Long Beach/Orange County/San Diego – 5-8 FebruaryLong Beach Adventure Travel Show – 8 FebruaryNew York – 26 February – 1 MarchNew York Times Travel Show – 28 February – 1 MarchFiji Tourism Expo, Nadi Fiji – 5-8 May In the first half of 2014, we will also be visiting Seattle, Vancouver, Toronto, Montreal, and more. Plans are also being made for a visit to the UK and throughout Europe, as well as visits to the islands of the South Pacific. We hope to see you in your city very soon!

Happiest of Holidays from our family to yours. (Photo taken at One Foot Island, Aitutaki, Cook Islands)

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 met with wholesalers from the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, the UK, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Austria. We thank all of our wholesale travel partners for traveling all the way to Rarotonga to visit with us, and we look forward to working closely with you. Meitaki!

What an amazing treat! With a conference scheduled for the first week of December, we took of advantage of the great timing to enjoy a family holiday to the Cook Islands. What a magical week in paradise. The weather was breathtaking. We stayed in the 3-bedroom beachfront house at Palm Grove. We enjoyed so many wonderful activities and excursions. And, on Thanksgiving Day, we hopped aboard an Air Raroronga flight for our day trip to the stunningly beautiful island of Aitutaki. In Aitutaki, we took a short island tour, then boarded a boat for a day on the water: exploring deserted islands, swimming and snorkeling in the crystal clear waters, visiting One Foot Island, eating lunch on board, and taking in the views of the prettiest lagoon on earth. I am so very fortunate to be able to visit gorgeous places like the Cook Islands, and I am thrilled that…

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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 Cave Safari. Crusoe’s looks fantastic!  The bures are all fresh, the grounds are so well manicured, and the staff are lovely as ever! My favorite addition to Crusoe’s? The new Day Beds on the verandah of the Deluxe SeaSide Bures!

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 enough to enjoy some amazing coffee in Seattle and a Voodoo Donut in Portland!

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, with cool, crisp Autumn days – which made the warm sunny days in the South Pacific seem just a bit nicer!

It’s been much 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 . . . I could go on and on. But there was one site that truly took my breath away . . . the new Over-the-Water Fales.  These BRAND NEW Overwater Bungalows truly set the standard for luxury accommodation in Samoa.  I was fortunate to get a sneak peak at them, and they do not disappoint.  The exteriors are beautiful, but the interiors truly shine.  Dramatic high ceilings in the bedroom/sitting room areas, and the bathroom is perhaps the most unique in the entire South Pacific (you have to see it to believe it!).  The special…

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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 in Fiji. My visit to Fiji and Crusoe’s Retreat is a brief one, as I’m here for some meetings and the annual BFTE conference, but any visit to Crusoe’s is special. My priority list is short: spend some time with the great local Fijian staff, grab a kayak and see Crusoe’s from a unique perspective, and relax with a cocktail at Coco’s Bar at Happy Hour and enjoy another breathtaking Fijian sunset.

I have just returned from an exhausting but incredibly successful two weeks in Europe. The South Pacific Tourism Organization sponsored a roadshow throughout Europe, visiting the amazing cities of Paris, Munich, Hamburg, Amsterdam and Berlin.  Several hundred travel agents in these cities attended our South Pacific presentation, where I was honored to present Royale Takitumu, Palm Grove, Crusoe’s Retreat, and Coconuts Beach Club.  It was so nice seeing all of these agents come out to learn about our South Pacific paradise.  These European cities are beautiful, and these agents are very fortunate to live in such gorgeous cities – however, we were very proud to present the stunning islands of the South Pacific, which really did take their breath away.  After the Roadshow, I was lucky to spend one day at ITB in Berlin – the world’s largest travel show, with over 10,000 different exhibitors in attendance. While it was a long and very…

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