A FARE WAR
HAS ERUPTED on interisland flights, fueled by Mesa Air
Groups start-up carrier, Go. Fares, which had inched into the $80s,
were beat back, first by Gos $39 introductory pricing and then by a
$59 special that was quickly matched by Hawaiian and Aloha. The
outlook is for continued downward pressure, at least through the
summer and likely through the end of the year, as Go works to
establish a niche in a tight market.
HOTELS & RESORTS WAILEA BEACH VILLAS, featuring 98
villas and penthouses overlooking Wailea Beach, is offering some of
Mauis most expensive accommodations. Adjacent to Wailea Town Center
shops and restaurants, there is a five-night minimum on daily rates
of $1,100 to $3,000. Package specials are being offered on bookings
made before July 31. Call (800) 367-5246 or visit www.waileabeachvillas.com.
COLONY RESORT is focusing on wedding and honeymoon
bookings with its Weddings with Aloha program. The Kauai Wedding
and Honeymoon getaway includes seven nights in a two-bedroom
Premium Oceanfront condominium, on-site wedding coordinator,
minister, witness, orchid leis and additional gifts, tours and
services. Package price is $3,235 per couple from June 1 to Sept.
8, and $3,000 from Sept. 9 to Dec. 18. Other packages options
include a five-night Honeymoon Hideaway at $1,730 to $2,360 per
couple. Call (800) 628-3004 or visit www.hcr.com.
HOTEL-STYLE CONDO in Waikiki is offering travel agents
familiarization rates that start with a free night, with follow-up
nights at $74 (single) or $79 (double) for a studio booking. The
Ilima completed a property-wide renovation at the end of 2005. Call
(800) 367-5172 or visit www.ilima.com.
TOURISM AUTHORITY has appointed the following people to
its board of directors: Kelvin Bloom, president of ResortQuest
Hawaii; Patricia Ewing of Kong Lung Trading Co. on Kauai; and
Michael Kobayashi, president of Kobayashi Travel Service. The HTA
is an advisory group that seeks to direct tourism growth
Phone: (808) 734-4677
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