Over the summer, the Hawaii Visitors Bureau became the Hawai'i Visitors and Convention Bureau. The bureau's president, Paul Casey, said the name change indicates the entity's renewed efforts to attract meetings, conventions, and incentive groups to the islands.
Hotel News * The Wyndham Hotels & Resorts Frequent Female Business Traveler Advisory Board has been named. Its seven charter members are: Cathy Fischer, vice president of sales, All-Clad Cookware; Cathleen Moxham, senior merchandising manager, Hanes Hosiery Division; Margaret Smith, president, National Association of Women Business Owners; Robin Scheer Ettinger, director of marketing, Liz Claiborne, Inc.; Patricia Kincaid, owner and president, Media Matters; Denise Shields, vice president of professional development, Coldwell Banker; and Mary Wallace, senior vice president of sales, Computer Curriculum Corporation.
Four Wyndham executives will be on the panel as well. They are: Anne Raymond, executive vice president and chief financial officer; Carla Moreland, chief legal counsel; Susan Bolger, corporate vice president of human resources; and Caren Kline, special consultant and former corporate vice president of marketing, who is on extended family leave.
Wyndham cites U.S. Travel Data Center statistics that show women make up 38 percent of the business travel market. Wyndham's Bolger said the chain wants to establish itself as the first choice of women travelers.
* The Leading Hotels of the World, Ltd. is guaranteeing room rates in U.S. dollars through March 1997 as a guard against currency fluctuations. Some 63 properties in Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia, Canada, and Mexico are participating in the program. For a brochure, call (800) 223-6800.
* The first property included in Doubletree's new brand, Club Hotels, recently opened in Jacksonville, FL. Club Hotels target the mid-market frequent business traveler, "re-inventing the three-star business hotel." They will contain Kinko's self-service business centers and Au Bon Pain Bakery Cafes. Average rates will range from $65 to $85. The second Club Hotel by Doubletree opens in San Antonio this fall, with five more conversions set to take place before the end of the year. By 2000, Doubletree expects to have 100 Club Hotels within its hotel network.
* Tourism Vancouver has created a new non-profit foundation committed to promoting environmentally responsible tourism practices in Vancouver. Known as Oceans Blue, the foundation will be supported by the local tourism industry and the community, and will offer practical programs, training manuals for hotels, and tip sheets for visitors.
* The Best Western in Okumulgee, OK is the first hotel to convert all of its rooms to Evergreen Rooms. These rooms feature air filtration systems, which remove dust and pollen, and filtered drinking and shower systems. Evergreen Rooms are now located in 89 hotels in 21 states.
* Inter-Continental Hotels & Resorts has committed one million dollars to support the World Travel & Tourism Council's (WTTC) environmental programs.The funding will be used to sponsor research and educational seminars for the next five years, as part of the Agenda 21 platform. Agenda 21 is a program of environmental action developed by the WTTC, the World Tourism Organization, and the Earth Council following the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development Earth Summit in 1992.
* The Caribbean Hotel Association's annual Green Hotelier of the Year award went to the Melia Bavaro Resort, the first Dominican Republic resort to win the honor. Among the criteria for the award: a design compatible with the environment, saving original trees to complement the property, creating areas for displaced wildlife, and designating nature areas and common areas.
* October 15 to 17, Incentive Travel & Meetings Executives Show, Chicago. Call (800) 752-6312.
* October 22 (New York), October 23 (Los Angeles), and October 24 (San Francisco)-Asian Travel Marketplace, sponsored by Shangri-La. Call (212) 768-3190 for the New York show and (310) 417-3483 for the West Coast events.
* November 4 to 8, Insurance Conference Planners Association Annual Meeting, Puerto Rico. Call (604) 988-2054.
* November 6 to 9, Society of Incentive & Travel Executives International Conference, Vienna. Call (212) 575-0910.
* November 20 to 24, World Congress on Adventure Travel and Ecotourism, Puerto Varas, Chile, sponsored by the Adventure Travel Society. Call (303) 649-9016.