Hawaiian night brightens a chilly winter day


Top row (L-R): Holly Ballard (Hawaii Tourism Oceania) Ashlee Galea (Hawaii Tourism Oceania), Andrew Denman (Hawaiian Airlines), Donna Kessler (Tourism Portfolio), Avril Northbridge (Marriott International), Lawrence Sattrukalsinghe (Hawaiian Airlines). Bottom row: (L-R) Yvonne Jenkins (Tourism Portfolio), Lesley Anton (Tommy Bahama) and Lisha Singh (Tourism Portfolio).

The weather outside may have been frightful but the mood inside Tommy Bahama’s Sydney store was delightful this week as more than 50 incentive and corporate meeting planners gathered to celebrate Hawaii’s sunny charms.

The colourful flagship store provided a novel venue for the two-hour event, organised by Sydney-based representation company Tourism Portfolio in conjunction with its North American DMC Lizard IncentEvents.


Top row (L-R): Catalina Forero (Maquet), Donna Kessler (Tourism Portfolio), Avril Northridge (Marriott International), Eva Nelving (ci events), Rob Frank (Verve Creative Australia), Lesley Anton (Tommy Bahama). Bottom row (L-R): Megan Peters (Verve Creative Australia) and Karen Dolan (Flexigroup).

During the evening MICE professionals enjoyed some Hawaiian inspired canapés and cocktails while mixing with sponsors, including Hawaiian Airlines, Hawaii Tourism Oceania, Marriott International and Tommy Bahama.

Not only did guests learn more about Hawaii’s ongoing appeal to Australian incentive and corporate travellers – and the customised programs Lizard IncentEvents can design specifically for local groups – they also had the chance to win some extraordinary prizes.


(L-R) Karen and Anthony Jepson (Conference Venues and Booking Services),
Lisha Singh (Tourism Portfolio) and ) and Donna Kessler (Tourism Portfolio).

The biggest winner on the night was Karen Dolan from Flexigroup, who took home two economy class return air tickets to Hawaii, three nights’ accommodation (including breakfast) at JW Ihilani Resort &  Spa Ko Olina on Oahu, and two nights (including  breakfast) at The  Ritz-Carlton Kapalua, Maui.


(L-R) Verve Creative Australia’s Tia Maher, Rowena Bale and Megan Peters

Other winners include:

  • Rob Frank, Verve Creative Australia (three nights’ at Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa and a ‘Blue Skies of Oahu Tour’ for two from Blue Hawaiian Helicopters)
  • Nicole Jack, BNP Paribis (three nights’ for two at The Kauai Marriott Resort)
  • Megan Peters, Verve Creative Australia ($500 shopping spree gift voucher for Tommy Bahama)
  • Catalina Forero, Maquet (Tommy Bahama perfume pack)
  • Eva Nelving, ci events (Tommy Bahama perfume pack).

(L-R) Vanessa Tang (Motivforce) and Yvonne Jenkins (Tourism Portfolio)


Source = Tourism Portfolio
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