HAWAII'S DEPARTMENT of planning, economic development and tourism has reported a monthly increase in the visitor count (4.1%), length of stay (3.3%), total visitor days (7.5%), hotel occupancy (1.6 points to 75.7%), and average daily room rate (4.8%, to $177) in January. Canadians represented the largest percentage increase in number of visitors to the Islands (27.7 %), with Japan continuing a two-year-long slide with a decrease of 5.2%.
THE TURTLE BAY RESORT, operated by Benchmark Hospitality International, is offering the North Shore Family and Couples Adventure packages through Dec. 20. The packages include breakfast buffet, two activities per adult and child and a Hertz minivan or convertible rental. Activity options include on-site horseback rides, spa treatments, a helicopter tour and golf. A four-night minimum is required, with a daily room rate of $580 for an oceanfront premium room for the family package and $545 for the couples package. Call (808) 293-6000 or visit www.turtlebayresort.com.
PLEASANT HOLIDAYS has announced a commissionable, two-for-one air fare promotion good for reservations made by March 16, for travel April 1 through June 5 on Pleasant Holidays' contracted seats on United Airlines flights from Los Angeles and San Francisco to Honolulu or Maui, and from San Francisco to Kauai. The special (a $280 savings) requires a two-night minimum hotel stay and payment in full. Four-night vacations that qualify start at $425 per person, double, in Waikiki, $485 on Kauai and $509 on Maui, including air fare and hotel taxes. Call (800) 448-3333 or visit www.pleasantagent.com.
THE KEAUHOU BEACH RESORT on the Big Island, operated by Outrigger Enterprises Group, is offering a $50 incentive to travel agents for bookings of at least three consecutive nights, for travel through Dec 20. The bonus applies to wholesale packages and direct bookings and may be combined with other offers. Call (866) 326-6803 or visit www.keauhoubeachresort.com, or e-mail [email protected].
UNITED VACATIONS is offering reduced rates on fares and up to 75% on activities for Oahu bookings for travel completed by April 30. Activity options included in the Best of Oahu packages include ATV adventures, bike-and-hike tours, the Polynesian Cultural Center and dinner cruises. Call (800) 328-0877 or visit www.vaxvacationaccess.com or the VAX VacationAccess technology via Amadeus AgentNet, Sabre Vacations and Vacation.com AgentNet.
Hawaii Editor: Allan Seiden
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