Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: Nov. 27, 2006

THE FOUR SEASONS RESORT LANAI, the Lodge of Koele, has reopened after completing a propertywide upgrade positioning it for its Four Seasons rebranding. All 102 guest rooms have been redone. Further property enhancements include a spa and wellness center, set to open in mid-2008. The rebranding follows the earlier rebranding of the Manele Bay Hotel as the first Four Seasons property on Lanai.

TRAVEL IMPRESSIONS is offering agents and their clients incentives with its Lei Low in Hawaii promotion offered in conjunction with the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau. Agents receive a $50 American Express Gift Cheque for each Hawaii booking of five nights or longer that includes "Cancel for Any Reason" Travel Protection Insurance. Agents also earn a 1% bonus commission for bookings made via the Travel Impressions' Web site. Clients get a $50 gift certificate to Roy's Restaurant. The promotion is valid on reservations made Nov. 15 to Dec. 31 for travel April 15 to June 15. Call (800) 284-0044 or visit www.travelimpressions.com.

 

2007 LOOKS LIKE ANOTHER GOOD YEAR for Hawaii hotels if estimates by Hospitality Advisors prove accurate. Occupancy is estimated to be 80% with rates up about 5%, to $195 per night. Room revenue is expected to rise $270 million, to $3.5 billion, yielding a profit of $1.42 billion.

MOLOKAI RANCH is seeking a permit to renovate and reopen the 152-room Kaluakoi Resort on the island's beach-lined west coast. The property, which opened as the Sheraton Molokai in 1975 and failed to prosper under several other operators, has been closed since 2001. Funding for the renovation would come from the sale of residential lots at another beachfront location, which in the past has drawn some negative response from island residents who oppose large-scale development on the island.

THE HAWAII VISITORS & CONVENTION BUREAU has presented its highest honor, the Maile Award, to the Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association in recognition for its efforts to promote Hawaiian culture, values and traditions within the travel industry and workplace. Founded in 1997, the nonprofit association conducts workshops and training classes, and organized the first-ever Native Hawaiian tourism conference this past May.

Hawaii Editor:

Allan Seiden

Phone: (808) 734-4677

[email protected]

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