Agents: Island sales will hold

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 future.

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.

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