Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: Jan. 28, 2008

HAWAII GOV. LINDA LINGLE proposed that the state buy the 850-acre Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu's North Shore to protect it from further development. "I believe this is a once-in-a-generation chance to preserve both a lifestyle for thousands of residents and a part of Hawaii that millions the world over have come to love and identify as the real Hawaii," Lingle said. She called on government and community leaders to work together to explore options and develop an action plan to put the property in public hands. Turtle Bay Resort's owner, the Kuilima Resort Co., has been seeking a buyer or development partner since June 2006 to help finance an expansion that would add up to five hotels with 3,500 rooms and condominium units on undeveloped oceanfront property.

IN RESPONSE, KUILIMA SAID, "We were surprised to learn about the governor's proposal to purchase Turtle Bay Resort. This was the first time that we heard about her proposal and would have welcomed the opportunity to discuss our situation with her. As always, we are very open to meeting with the governor and discussing the project with her. Kuilima said it was "continuing to move forward with the development of the resort as planned" and that hotel operations "are continuing as usual."

CASTLE RESORTS & HOTELS has added nearly 1,400 moderately priced rooms to its Waikiki inventory since June, with the Ocean Resort, the Maile Sky Court and the Queen Kapiolani all now marketed by Castle. Specials include the Maile Sky Court's third-night-free deal at rates starting at $101, through June 5 (with blackout dates Feb. 2 through 18). Call (800) 367-5004 or visit www.castleresorts.com.

UNITED VACATIONS is offering a free Alamo or National convertible upgrade and up to $200 in additional savings on all-inclusive packages booked for the Big Island through Feb. 14 for travel through Oct. 31. The promotion code NEWYEAR must be used at the time of booking to receive the savings. Check the VAX Vendor Center under United Vacations to choose the best option for your clients. Visit www.vaxvacationaccess.com.

OHANA HOTELS' airport properties, the Honolulu Airport Hotel and the Best Western the Plaza, are both offering rates that include a continental breakfast buffet through March 31 at the Honolulu Airport Hotel (starting at $129) and through Dec. 31 at the Best Western (starting at $119). For the Honolulu Airport Hotel, call (800) 462-6262; for the Best Western, call (800) 780-7234.

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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