HONOLULU -- Travel agents who sell Hawaii overwhelmingly believe
their clients will decide to travel to domestic destinations like
Hawaii rather than to international sites in light of the terrorist
attacks of Sept. 11, according to a Travel Weekly survey.
In the online survey of 2,707 agents conducted during the first
two weeks of October, 75% of agents said their clients would choose
domestic destinations over international destinations in the
Seven percent said their clients would not choose domestic
destinations over international ones, and 18% said they did not
know. In a question asking if their clients called to cancel
vacations to Hawaii after the Sept. 11 attacks, 59% said "no" and
41% said "yes."
Agent reaction was mixed in response to the question: "Between
now and the end of 2002, what impact do you think [the terrorist
attacks] will have on Hawaii sales?" Thirty-seven percent said
their Hawaii sales would remain the same, 35% said they will
decrease and 27% said sales will increase.