Friday, December 15 2017 @ 05:18 HST

JTB Hawaii will become the new owner of MC&A Inc!

HONOLULU - (Press Release) JTB Hawaii, Inc. and MC&A, Inc., two dominant destination and events management companies in Hawaii jointly serving one million customers in primarily Japan/Asia and North America markets respectively, today announced that they have reached an agreement making JTB the new owner of MC&A effective January 1, 2017. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

MC&A will remain a stand-alone entity within the JTB Hawaii organization and will be managed by its existing executive team led by President and CEO Chris Resich. All staff at JTB Hawaii and MC&A will be retained and there will be no change in the way either organization services its clients. The new relationship will create strong synergies and opportunities for both businesses, its employees and clients.

JTB Hawaii has been the most prominent destination management company for the Japanese market in Hawaii since its inception in 1964, but has been seeking opportunities to diversity its business and brand to serve travelers from other international and domestic markets. MC&A will become the sixth subsidiary in JTB Hawaii’s umbrella of businesses, which also includes JTB Hawaii Travel, LLC, JTB Global Travel Service, LLC, Travel Plaza Transportation, LLC, Tachibana Enterprises, LLC, and Travel Plaza, LLC.

 “This exciting strategic alliance with a venerable company like MC&A enables JTB Hawaii to efficiently and effectively gain entry into English-speaking markets and assist the JTB Group in building its global meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions (MICE) business, as well as its leisure and cruise offerings,” said Tsukasa Harufuku, JTB Hawaii president and CEO. “We have the utmost admiration and respect for what MC&A and its leadership team has done for the Hawaii market and we look forward to a successful future together as we innovate on our business model.”

Since its founding in 1983, MC&A, Inc. has been widely recognized as Hawaii’s dominant destination and event management company in the Hawaiian Islands specializing in English-speaking markets in the MICE, leisure wholesale, luxury and cruise markets. MC&A’s business also includes Island Partners Hawaii, Diamond Head Vacations, Luxe Travel Hawaii, and Upon a Star Hawaii. MC&A, Inc. has been recognized as one of the top 25 Destination Management Companies on a global basis by Special Event magazine for the past two years and has received numerous client awards across all lines of business over the years.