Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: June 20, 2005

HERTZ teamed up with GoGo Worldwide Vacations to offer Club Express services to those vacationing in Hawaii who rent at least a full-size car. When travelers book Hawaii packages through GoGo, they can show a drivers license, credit card and sign a rental agreement at Club Express counters located at various airports throughout the state, and receive keys to a rental car.

UNITED VACATIONS is offering a Get A Jump on Fall sale for travel to Hawaii between Sept. 1 and Nov. 10. Travel must be booked by June 30. Examples: Roundtrip air and four-night accommodations at the Ohana Maile Sky Court on Oahu is $479 per person from Los Angeles or San Francisco. At the Hilton Hawaiian Village, rates begin at $749. In a similar four-night package, which includes air to Maui, travelers can stay at the Aston Kaanapali Shores for $694. Agents can book United Vacations at www.vaxvacationaccess.com; the VAX technology offered by Amadeus, Sabre and Vacation.com; the GDS tour-booking products; or by calling 800-328-6877.

GAYLORD ENTERTAINMENT purchased the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel in Honolulu for $107 million. The hotel occupies 19,400 square feet of retail and restaurant space, plus 716 guest rooms with private lanais. The hotel was renovated in 2002 and is currently managed by ResortQuest International, which is owned by Gaylord, a company known for its meetings-focused hotels and resorts..

PLEASANT HOLIDAYS promoted the launch of a Los Angeles-Kona flight on ATA by inviting 100 top-producing travel agents to take the inaugural flight. The agents, all from Southern California were greeted by, Mayor Harry Kim, who spoke during a dinner function at the Fairmont Orchid. Kim thanked the agents helping the Big Island grow visitor numbers.

CORRECTION: The Web address for Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is www.triplecrownofsurfing.com. The June 13 Hawaii E-Letter contained incorrect information. The event will take place Nov. 12 to Dec. 20 on Oahus North Shore.

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