Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-letter: Oct. 9, 2006

THE AQUA WAIKIKI WAVE, an upgraded remake of the Coral Seas, has opened. The 247-room property includes double queen beds in all rooms. Decor is contemporary chic and rooms include flat-screen televisions, DVD players, free wireless Internet and mini-kitchens. Rates include continental breakfast. There are two in-house restaurants. Get Acquainted rates of $106 to $174 are offered through Nov. 30. Rates for 2007 range from $200 to $310. Call (866) 406-2782 or visit www.aquaresorts.com.  

SPENDING IS UP, in spite of a drop in visitor count for August, due to declines in the number of Japanese and East Coast arrivals. The West Coast, which provides Hawaii with about 50% of its visitors, continued to register an increase in arrivals, up 3.9%. Some say that the trend to more frequent, shorter vacations favors Hawaii with West Coast travelers, but is a disadvantage from the East Coast. High air fares are on everyone's mind, with many fearful they could prove a spoiler for Hawaii.  

 

THE MESA AIR GROUP, parent of Go airlines, has launched Go! Vacations and will be selling packages through its Web site [www.iflygo.com]. The packages are being offered through an agreement with wholesaler Pleasant Holidays.

BLUE SEA CRUISES has launched the Spirit of Kona, a twin-hull vessel designed for viewing sea life. The 70-foot vessel carries 149 passengers. In addition to decktop viewing, the boat offers two large, glass-bottom viewing wells. The ship will be used on the company's Humpback Whale Watching Adventures, Dolphin Ecoadventures and Sunset cruises, departing Kailua, Kona on the Big Island. Visit www.blueseacruisesinc.com.  

ALOHA AIRLINES has added Korean Air and Air New Zealand as interline e-ticketing partners. Aloha now has such agreements with 13 airlines. Both carriers can issue boarding passes for interline connections to Aloha flights.

Hawaii Editor:

Allan Seiden

Phone: (808) 734-4677

[email protected]

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