Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: Dec. 3, 2007

THE KAANAPALI BEACH HOTEL on Maui has brought back its five-night Kaanapali Whale Encounter package. The $1,500 package (double, partial ocean view) is valid for travel Jan. 1 through 31 and April 1 through 7. A compact rental car, daily breakfast and whale-watch cruise are included. The price provides a $299 savings. Call (80) 262-8450 or visit www.kbhmaui.com.

HILTON HOTELS in Hawaii is offering value-added incentives for last-minute December bookings. The Mahalo + Double Miles package earns up to 10,000 Hilton HHonors bonus points, plus double miles with participating airlines (Delta offers quadruple miles). Nightly rates start at $169 at the Doubletree Alana Hotel-Waikiki, $199 at the Hilton Kauai Beach Resort and Hilton Waikiki Prince Kuhio, $229 at Hilton Hawaiian Village, $249 at Hilton Waikoloa Village, and $269 at the Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk, through Dec. 23 on stays of four or more consecutive nights. Call (800) HHONORS (446-6677) and ask for rate code H9 or visit Hiltonfamilyhawaii.com/pointsandmiles, For the Delta offer, good through February 29, call (800) HILTONS and ask for rate plan DG for Hilton and Grand Wailea or DG1 for Doubletree and Embassy Suites.

 

MARRIOTT'S MAUI OCEAN CLUB has added the two-bedroom and three-bedroom Lahaina Villas to its inventory. The addition is part of an ongoing build-out of the timeshare resort. The beachfront property features a full range of resort facilities, including a 3.5-acre super-pool, restaurants and shops.

UNITED VACATIONS is getting a jump on things with its Early Summer Sale, with a $250 savings incentive on reservations of $3,000 or more made through Dec. 31 for travel from June 6 through August 18. Travelers must include roundtrip flight, hotel and the United Vacations cancellation waiver in their package and agents must use promotion code SUMSALE at time of purchase. Call (800) 328-6877 or visit www.vaxvacationaccess.com or the VAX VacationAccess technology via Amadeus AgentNet, Sabre Vacations and Vacation.com AgentNet.

VISITOR ARRIVALS FOR 2007 will be about 60,000 less than 2006. A reduction in lift to the Islands and price pressures on many budgets, are widely considered likely to push visitor counts down in 2008, with promotional rates by hotels already being offered for travel in 2008. The state's Department of Business, Economic Development and Tourism is anticipating a a count of 7.5 million visitors for 2007.

Hawaii Editor: Allan Seiden

Phone: (808) 734-4677

[email protected]

For promotional opportunities in the Hawaii E-letter, contact Debbie Joseph at [email protected].

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