I listened in on a very interesting conference track yesterday at Blogworld hosted by John Forrest Ales, who leads communication strategies for Hilton Hotels and Resorts. He explained some great dos and don'ts for travel bloggers who are looking to pitch travel brands, especially for free hotel stays and other activities as part of a trip you may be planning. One key piece of advice I did like was to ask for something that you may not have otherwise been able to experience while on your trip, instead of expecting that a brand will comp your entire stay. These companies still need to make money!
With that said, I am booked and heading to the Hilton Hawaiian Village in the next few weeks for vacation. I always use my vacations to gather more content for my blog, and this one is no exception. We are planning on attending the Waikiki Starlight Luau during our stay, and I have seen the penguins, flamingos and swum in the super pool so many times that I plan to email John Forest and find out what else I might be able to do during my trip. Maybe there is some secret tour at the Hilton that I don't know about? Or maybe I can get a room upgrade so I can have uninterrupted views of the crystal clear Hawaiian waters. Stay tuned, I'm excited to hear what he says!
In any case, I will be doing a full review of our stay at the Hilton Hawaiian Village so watch this space for more information over the next couple of weeks.