Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: March 12, 2007

JANUARY ARRIVALS and hotel occupancy are down, the result of decreases in arrivals from the East Coast, Japan, and most other international markets. Thanks to higher rooms rates, profitability remains close to the record levels of 2005 and 2006 for hotels, but discounting is already undercutting those increases to some degree and will likely continue into the summer. Oahu, with hotel occupancy at 76%, saw the steepest drop (down 8.6%), with Kauai, at 69%, down a little more than 1% compared with January 2006.

THE HILTON WAIKOLOA VILLAGE has introduced its Perfect Package series that focuses on honeymoons, families and activities. All include daily breakfast. The three-night Perfect Honeymoon (code PQ) starts at $529 per night and includes dinner, seaside massages and a sunset sail. The three-night Perfect Family Package (code PV) features daily fitness access for two at Kohala Spa, daily $25 credit for lagoon beach toys, daily one-hour court time at Kohala Tennis and a daily round of golf for two at the Seaside Putting Course, starting at $319. The Perfect Adventure Package (code ATV) includes a range of activity discounts and starts at $289 per night with a two-night minimum. Perfect Paradise (code PP) rates start at $309. Rates are inclusive of taxes. Bookings are commissionable at 10%, and are valid until Dec. 20. Call (800) HILTONS or visit www.hiltonwaikoloavillage.com.

RATES & DATES

" The Outrigger Keauhou Beach Resort is hosting the Kona Classic marine photography competition from May 5 to 12. The competition is open to professional and amateur photographers of all skill levels and includes daytime dives and educational seminars covering all aspects of underwater photography. Dive packages for the Kona Classic are $650 plus a $295 registration fee. Call (800) 345-4807 or (808) 329-7585. For room reservations, call (877) 532-8468, ext. 2515.

" The Mauna Lani Resort's Lava Love Room & Spa Package offers lava-themed activities for couples that include a sun-warmed outdoor Lava Sauna and detoxing Lava Flow body treatment. Nightly rates start at $525, through Dec. 19, with a three-night minimum. Call (800) 367-2323 or visit www.maunalani.com.

" The Kona Village Resort's Village Adventure allows guests to personalize an itinerary with options ranging massage to convertible rental car, hula lessons to snorkel excursions. Pricing for the four-night package starts at $3,075. Other package options include the Romance & Celebrations, starting at $3,415 for three nights, $4,780 for seven nights, and the seven-night Dive The Village starting at $5,775. Visit www.konavillage.com.

 

APPOINTMENTS

" Rodney Ito has been named general manager of the 555-room Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, which just completed a $50 million renovation.

" Julie Zadeh has been named managing director of travel trade marketing for the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau. She is responsible for planning and managing HVCB's trade initiatives with agencies and wholesalers in the mainland U.S. and Canada.

" Fred Orr has been appointed general manager of Waikiki's Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel, which is slated for a major renovation. Preliminary plans call for a partial rebuild in 2009.

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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