Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: Oct. 30, 2006

EARTHQUAKE UPDATE: Some wholesalers and hoteliers are reporting a decline in advance bookings following the Oct. 15 earthquake that hit the Islands. No one is sure if it's related to news of the quake and the power outage that followed, but reports of canceled flights and inconvenience dominated reporting. In Hawaii, the story is already largely a past-tense event, although there are homes to be repaired and infrastructure to fully restore. The state's Dept. of Business, Economic Development and Tourism said travel from the mainland U.S. to the Islands returned to normal just one day after the quake and remains on pace for another excellent year. Figures released by the DBEDT show that domestic passenger arrivals statewide were up 2.6% on Oct. 16 (the day after the quake), 9.7% on Oct. 17 and 13.2% on Oct. 18, compared with the same period last year. Overall, month-to-date arrivals for October are at 320,364, up about 1% over 2005, although statewide occupancies for the past week were down 2.5% to a still-healthy 78.5%.

MARRIOTT HAS REVEALED A $1 BILLION development plan for the Kauai Lagoons Resort that will includes a mix of condominiums, time share and single-family homes. The plan will involve realigning a portion of the Kiele Golf Course to make room for the new project, which will include Marriott's Grand Residences and Ritz-Carlton Club brands. The project is expected to be implemented over several years.

GOGO WORLDWIDE VACATIONS HAWAII is offering a $10 per-night booking incentive, up to $60 on select bookings, with a minimum stay of four nights. Travel must be booked by Dec. 31 for travel through Jan 31. The special is offered at the Hawaii Prince, the Hyatt Regency Waikiki, the Hyatt Regency Maui, the Grand Hyatt Kauai, the Hapuna Beach Prince and the Fairmont Orchid Restrictions. Blackout dates may apply. Call (800) 229-4999 or visit www.gogowwv.com.

VOLCANO ARTS CENTER in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is offering two three-night tours centered on the park and the resident artists community in Volcano Village. Inspired by Kilauea: Where Art & Nature Meet is scheduled for Dec. 3 to 6 and again from April 22 to 25. Limited to 15 people, the tour is priced at $565, including three nights' accommodations, all meals and ground transportation to and from Hilo Airport. Call (808) 967-8222, visit www.volcanoartcenter.org, or email [email protected].

THE KAANAPALI BEACH HOTEL is again offering the Whale Encounter package for travel in January and April 1 to 15. The five-night package includes a partial-oceanview room, compact car rental, daily buffet breakfast, whale-watching cruise, admission to the Maui Ocean Center and a variety of activities and amenities for $1,469 per person, double. Call (800) 262-8450 or visit www.kbhmaui.com.

Hawaii Editor:

Allan Seiden

Phone: (808) 734-4677

[email protected]

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