Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: May 19, 2008

HAWAIIAN AIRLINES set a company record for April when it flew 718,767 passengers in April. The airline's record month was aided by the shutdowns of ATA and Aloha at the start of April. Hawaiian added several interisland flights and used larger jets for interisland flights after Aloha went under.

IN ITS LATEST quarterly economic report, Hawaii's Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism (DBEDT) said it expects moderate but slower growth in the state's economy for this year and 2009. The shutdown of Aloha Airlines and ATA, along with the departure of two cruise ships from the Hawaii market, will likely cause some decline in total visitor arrivals for 2008, said DBEDT Director Theodore Liu. Total visitor arrivals are now expected to decline 3% this year, compared to the 1.4% decrease originally forecasted by DBEDT. The department projects no growth in visitor arrivals in 2009, followed by 1.4 percent and 1.7 percent growth in 2010 and 2011, respectively.

HAWAII'S HOTEL REVENUE increased 7.5% in the first quarter, to $859.5 million, according to the Hawaii Hotel Flash Report. The statewide average daily rate through March was up 6.6%, to $217.66. Meanwhile, occupancy fell 0.8 percentage points. Revenue per available room (RevPAR) totaled $444.2 million in luxury locations, up 7.5 percent. Mid-priced hotels' revenue climbed 11.6 percent, to $140.7 million. All islands reported increases in occupancy, average daily rate and RevPAR with the exception of the Big Island, which had a 1.1% drop in occupancy. Maui had the highest occupancy at 80.8%. The Hawaii Hotel Flash Report is produced by Smith Travel Research and Hospitality Advisors.

HAWAIIAN AIRLINES has canceled an online travel insurance program for reservations made at the airline's Web site. The airline was automatically charging $19 for the insurance when customers made reservations unless they opted out by clicking on an option that canceled the insurance. Hawaiian introduced the program on May 5 to streamline the booking process for customers interested in buying insurance, but some customers were unhappy with the automatic charge.

TURTLE BAY RESORT is trying to capitalize on its "Hawaiiwood" reputation (many films and TV shows have been shot at the Oahu North Shore resort). The resort is offering the "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" package, named for the romantic comedy of the same name. The couples package includes a four-night stay in a luxury, oceanfront beach cottage, a Hawaiian luau, dinner at Ola for two and a choice of surf lessons or round of golf, beginning at $3,000. Call (808) 293-6000.

Hawaii Editor: Tim Ryan
Phone:
(808) 373-8809
[email protected]
For promotional opportunities in the Hawaii E-letter, contact Debbie Joseph at [email protected].

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