Travel Weeklys Hawaii E-letter: June 5, 2006

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. 

DESTINATION 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.

THE HANALEI 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

THE ILIMA 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

THE HAWAII 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 strategies. 

Hawaii Editor:

Allan Seiden

Phone: (808) 734-4677

[email protected]

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