Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: Aug. 21, 2006

SOUTHWEST AIRLINES VACATIONS is introducing its first packages to Hawaii. The operator is able to offer the packages via Southwest Airlines' code-share arrangement with ATA. The new product line currently includes air-inclusive packages to Oahu and Maui and a land-only package on Kauai. Packages to Hawaii's Big Island will become available starting Aug. 25. Air-inclusive packages include roundtrip air on either Southwest or ATA, hotel accommodations ranging from two to 21 nights and airline and hotel taxes. The operator offers a choice of 35 hotels in Oahu, 24 in Maui, 10 on Kauai and 17 in Kona on the Big Island. Sample prices for four-night packages to Oahu start at $899 from San Diego, $1,084 from Chicago (Midway), $1,269 from Orlando. Four-night packages to Maui begin at $769 from San Diego, $964 from Chicago (Midway) and $1,094 from Orlando. Travel agents can book the packages at or by calling (800) 423-5683.


" Sheraton Hotels in Waikiki is offering a package in conjunction with Sea Life Park. Pricing for the five-night package, including admission for two to the half-day, Sea Life Park Experience dolphin interactive program, starts at $1,150 and is good through December 20. Call (888) 488-3535 or visit

" The Royal Kona Resort on the Big Island is featuring the Room and Zoom package starting at $131 per night, including an economy rental car. Call (800) 222-5642.

UPGRADES: The Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu's North Shore has completed $70 million upgrade that included room interiors, the beachside restaurant and landscaping. The Four Seasons Resorts Lanai plans a $50 million upgrade at the 102-room Lodge at Koele. Work is scheduled for completion by mid-November. Following the renovation, the property will be marketed as the Four Seasons Resort Lanai, the Lodge at Koele.

APPOINTMENTS: Blue Sky Tours Hawaii has appointed Kelley Sexton its representative for home-based travel agents. Aqua Hotels & Resorts has named Robin Harlow to the newly created position of director of sales. Other Aqua appointments include Henry Peretz as general manager of the Aqua Palms & Spa and Evelyn Shiroma as sales manager for the Ocean Tower.

AQUA HOTELS AND RESORTS has selected TravelClick to provide a central reservations system for six of its eight Waikiki properties. In conjunction with its new marketing strategy, Aqua will also implement an Internet marketing program developed by TravelClick.

Hawaii Editor:

Allan Seiden

Phone: (808) 734-4677

[email protected]

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