VACATIONS is including two complimentary whale-watch
excursions per room when clients book a vacation to Oahu and Maui
this winter. Travel agents will receive 1,000 Bonus Royalties
points with every new whale-watch excursion booked prior to
departure. The promotion is valid on new bookings of four nights or
more to Oahu or Maui made by Feb. 10 for travel through March 30.
If a whale isn't spotted on the first excursion, clients get to go
again. Visit www.applevacations.com.
VACATIONS is offering discounts from $50 to $200 on
packages to Hawaii booked before Feb. 5, good for travel through
December. Vacation packages include roundtrip air on United, hotel
and 24-hour traveler assistance, and roundtrip airport/hotel
transfers. Five-night packages begin at $599, per person, double.
Call United Vacations at (800) 328-6877 or visit www.vaxvacationaccess.com.
TOURISM AUTHORITY, with guidance from its Hawaiian
Cultural Program Advisory Council, has selected 19 organizations
that will receive funding in 2007 through its Hawaiian Culture
Program. The grants are designed to strengthen the relationship
between the tourism industry and the Hawaiian community. The list
of beneficiaries includes Iolani Palace and Hawaii Volcanoes
THE ALA MOANA
HOTEL, a former Renaissance property until it was bought
in 2004 by Miami-based condominium developer Crescent Heights and
converted to timeshare sales, will be operated by ALM Management
Services, an Outrigger Enterprises affiliate. ALM will market 1,000
of the property's 1,154-rooms in its hotel pool.
" Starwood Hotels has
made a number of appointments. Kelly Sanders has been named general
manager of the 1,695-room Sheraton Waikiki. Sanders was previously
the general manager of the Sheraton San Diego Hotel & Marina.
Jon Gersonde has been promoted to general manager of the
neighboring Royal Hawaiian Hotel. On Maui, Paige Cabacungan has
been named director of sales and marketing for the Westin Maui
Resort & Spa.
" Pleasant Holidays
has welcomed back Elizabeth Johnsen as staff vice president of
national accounts, responsible for building partnerships and
increasing revenues with key national travel agencies. Johnsen had
a previous seven-year stint with Pleasant Holidays in a similar
capacity. Most recently, Johnsen served as the managing director of
travel industry partnerships for the Hawaii Visitors &
" The Outrigger
Napili Shores on Maui has named John Brunold as general
Editor: Allan Seiden
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