HONOLULU, HAWAII -- Kevin Matsuoka, Director of Sales-Japan for Outrigger Hotels & Resorts, is relocating to Guam effective March 1,1998, to become Director of Sales for the 600-room Outrigger Guam Resort - a deluxe, four star hotel located beachfront on Tumon Bay and scheduled to open in October 1998.
In his new position, Matsuoka will be responsible for the development, direction and implementation of all sales efforts on behalf of the Outrigger Guam Resort. He will also have regional oversight over the sales programs for Outrigger's Pacific properties beyond Hawaii.
"Kevin is a proven sales professional who enjoys a fine reputation within the travel industry," said Dorsey Brady, Outrigger's vice president of operations for the Pacific. "His years of experience selling Hawaii will serve him well in Guam, as both destinations share many similarities, such as a tropical environment, climate, activities and Asian market."
Brady added, "Kevin is also familiar with most of the major travel operators who bring visitors to Guam, which will allow him to get right down to the business of selling Outrigger's newest deluxe property, the Outrigger Guam Resort."
Matsuoka joined Outrigger Hotels & Resorts in 1988 as a sales manager and was promoted to director of sales in 1994. In 1991,1992 and 1995, Matsuoka received Outrigger's prestigious President's Award in recognition of his outstanding performance and dedicated effort. In 1992, Matsuoka also was presented with Outrigger's Salesperson of the Year award, the chain's highest sales honor.
Matsuoka has a varied sales background in hotel, airline and tour operations with companies such as Mid Pacific Airlines, the Quality Inn Hotel Waikiki, Diamond Travel Hawaii and Visitors Service of Hawaii.
Although born in Japan, Matsuoka grew up in Hawaii and graduated from the University of Hawaii with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Asian studies and a minor in travel industry management. He currently holds membership in the Japan America Society of Honolulu and the Hawaii chapter of the Pacific Asia Travel Association and looks forward to becoming actively involved in the travel community in Guam.
When it opens, the Outrigger Guam Resort will be a deluxe, four star resort featuring a broad range of top quality amenities, including a unique swimming pool, full-service Mandara Spa, beach services, wedding chapel, an exclusive Voyagers Club concierge level of rooms and complete meeting facilities. In addition to the hotel restaurants, guests will also have ready access to a full range of restaurants and shops in the adjoining retail development, The Plaza. The hotel complex will also be the home of The Hard Rock Cafe.
The Outrigger Guam Resort is managed by Outrigger Hotels & Resorts, Hawaii's largest hotel company and the 28th largest in the U.S., offering over 9,000 hotel rooms and condominium units in Hawaii. It has become a major player in the Pacific resort scene, with properties open in the Marshall Islands and Queensland, Australia, and projects currently underway on Palau, Tahiti, Bora Bora and Fiji. Last year marked the company's 50th anniversary of doing business in Hawaii. Outrigger's affiliate, Outrigger Lodging Services manages nearly two dozen hotels and resorts throughout the U.S. mainland.
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