SUPERFERRY may get a service reprieve if an anticipated
special session of the state legislature is called to deal with the
complex legal situation that arose when a Maui court ruled that the
ferry could not operate without the completion of an environmental
review. An earlier court ruling had allowed the ferry to proceed
with plans for interisland service without an environmental review.
The special session would consider allowing the company to restart
service while an environmental review is underway, although it is
anticipated that Hawaii Superferry will have to modify service
during that period to address environmental concerns.
HOTELS & RESORTS has announced a seven-month closure
of the Royal Hawaiian Hotel that will allow for a comprehensive,
multi-million dollar upgrade to the 528-room Waikiki property. The
hotel plans to close on June 1.
HAWAIIAN VILLAGE Beach Resort & Spa completed a $15
million restoration of the five-acre Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon. Long
neglected by the state, which owns the manmade lagoon adjacent to
the hotel's Rainbow Tower, the restored lagoon has a new filtration
system, a replenished beach and new landscaping. The lagoon will
open to the public in late November, providing new beachfront and
swimming options for hotel guests.
RESORTS & HOTELS introduced the 5 for 50 booking
incentive for travel agents. Bookings through Dec. 21 can earn $50
for every booking of five consecutive nights at a Castle property.
There are 15 participating properties on Oahu, Kauai, Big Island,
Maui and Molokai. Agents can submit their bookings online to
receive their check for $50. Call (800) 367-5004 or visit www.castletravelagents.com.
HAWAII is offering travel agents a cash-back bonus for
realized bookings of five consecutive nights or longer at a
ResortQuest property through Dec.18. Bookings can be made direct or
through a contracted wholesaler. Agents must be a member of
ResortQuest's travel agent program to qualify. Call (866) 74-2924
or visit www.resortquesthawaii.com.
Editor: Allan Seiden
Phone: (808) 734-4677
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