Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: Oct. 22, 2007

HAWAII 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.

STARWOOD 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.

THE HILTON 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.

CASTLE 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.

RESORTQUEST 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.

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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