Fifty of Japan's leading travel industry executives will have a personal look at Maui during May.
A group of 25 is scheduled to be on Maui May 2-3. Another group will be on the island May 9-10.
According to Eddie Wilson of Hawaii Visitors Bureau, the 50 executives control more than 90 per cent of the travel agency business in Japan.
He said the visits are the result of a trip to Japan last year by Maui Mayor Elmer Cravalho and other representatives of Maui County. The Maui delegation had sought to stimulate increased Japanese tourism to the island.
Some 50 travel writers from the western states will be guests of west Maui during a one-day visit next month.
The writers, members of the American Society of Travel Writers, are scheduled to visit Kaanapali and Lahaina May 6.
Included on the agenda will be a steak dinner or luau at the old Lahaina prison, sponsored by the Lahaina Retail Committee. Plans call for each writer to be hosted at the dinner by a local resident.
The writers will spend the night at the Royal Lahaina and Kaanapali Beach hotels.
A photographic team left Maui this week after 10 days of shooting photos for an exhibit to be displayed at major shopping centers in California.
The exhibit is being prepared by Sunset Magazine as part of a major 1972 promotion by the Kaanapali Beach Operators Assn.
Photographer Edd Dundas said the exhibit will be a simple one designed to entice viewers to learn more about Maui.
"We don't want to bludgen people with information," he said. "We are not showing pictures of hotel rooms. We're showing people."
Buck Quayle at the Maui Lahaina Sun bureau circa 1970
Reporter/Photographer Buck Quayle in 1971 in Maui with the Cartagenian in the background
Another Day At The Office Haleakala National Park