Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: May 5, 2008

KONA VILLAGE on the Big Island hopes to increase its travel agent business by including the meal plan portion of every guest's stay in agent commissions. Previously, agents were paid only the room rate portion of the Full American Plan program. Also, Kona Village is extending a variation of the new commission policy to include wholesalers. With room rates including meals and activities for two beginning at $660 a night, the new commission structure means agents will earn at least an additional $27 per night. The resort is also guaranteeing 2008 pricing for 2009 reservations confirmed no later than Sept. 30.

ALL OHANA hotels on Oahu soon will have free high-speed Internet access in every guest room. The Ohana Waikiki Beachcomber, Ohana East, Ohana Waikiki West and Ohana Honolulu Airport Hotel have high-speed Internet in every room, and the Ohana Waikiki Malia soon will follow. Complimentary wireless Internet is also available in lobbies and public areas.

STARWOOD HAWAII launched its new Korean language site, complete with hotel information, booking engine, guest room descriptions and images, a photo gallery, and live web cams of hotels in Waikiki. The site will expand later this year to include pages with information about Starwood hotels on Maui, Kauai and the Big Island. Starwood Hawaii started development of the Korean site last year in anticipation of an increased interest in travel to Hawaii by South Koreans once South Korea joins the Visa Waiver Program, expected to happen by the end of 2008 or early 2009.

THE HAWAII TOURISM AUTHORITY is holding its fourth annual festivals and events seminar, Secrets of Growth, from May 13 to 16. Secrets of Growth features experts speaking on destination trends, event operations, branding and networking. The seminar will be held one day each in Maui, Hawaii, Kauai and Oahu counties. Registration is $55 and ends May 8. For more information or to register, contact Alan Ellis or Eileen Osakoda at (808) 528-4050, call toll-free at (866) 528-4050 or visit www.htafestivalsandevents.com.

HAWAII SUPERFERRY is adding a second voyage four days a week between Maui and Oahu starting May 9. The afternoon voyage will operate Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. An afternoon voyage will benefit customers who want the convenience of traveling later in the day, company officials said.

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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