RAMSEY, N.J. -- Gogo Worldwide Vacations announced new rates for
island packages that will run through the remainder of this winter.
"These packages have something for everyone," said Richard
Pressman, Gogo's director of Hawaii marketing. "Whether you like
soft adventure, golf and tennis or a spa getaway, you can literally
do anything in Hawaii."
Packages begin at $479 per person, double, for a five-night
stay, inclusive of roundtrip, midweek air fare, hotel
accommodations, tax and flower lei greeting.
Oahu packages include all airport transfers, breakfast, a
single-day trolley pass and a dining discount card. Maui, Kauai and
Big Island packages include the use of an Alamo rental car with
unlimited mileage for the duration of the stay.
"Hawaii is one of the few destinations that continues to do
exceptionally well," Pressman said. "It has always maintained its
draw for honeymooners, yet we are now seeing more and more of the
luxury traveler as well as families."
Pressman cited the Fairmont Kea Lani, the Ritz-Carlton and the
Four Seasons on Maui and the Kahala Mandarin on Oahu among the
properties that are attracting baby boomers with their spacious
suites, upscale amenities and extensive spa menus.
Monies freed up in these empty-nest households enable this
demographic to spend more on golf, spa and off-site activities, all
of which can earn agents additional commissions, he said.
The secondmost notable trend is within the family market,
according to Pressman, who said families are now traveling with
extended members, including grandparents and in-laws.
"The Hawaiian culture emphasizes the family very heavily, and
the mainland vacationer is getting the idea," he said.
Keiki (children) programs are expanding and
diversifying to keep up with today's kids.
"We need to find more and more ways to keep the kids
entertained," said Nancy Brown, director of marketing
communications at Maui's Grand Wailea Resort.
The hotel's Camp Grande is a prime example, boasting a
20,000-square-foot playground. The camp has a computer and game
room, crafts area, a cultural center and theater.
The pool has a 2,000-foot-long waterslide that snakes around
waterfalls; caves; a rope swing; and a separate white-sand pool,
where older children can train for scuba diving.
The Grand Wailea charges $75 per child per day, and children
must be at least 5 years old.
"Parents want to use vacation time as productive or learning
time with the family. It is valuable time that should enrich as
well as entertain," said Pressman.
Sample getaways offered by Gogo are priced per person and based
on double occupancy:
Kauai's Radisson Kauai Beach Resort, an oceanfront property
surrounded by lagoons and waterfalls, has a package that offers
travelers the fifth night free, a double room upgrade and a $100
Rates begin at $939 for five nights from Los Angeles; $1,219
from Dallas/Fort Worth; $1,265 from New York (Ken-nedy) and Boston;
and $1,275 from Miami. The package is valid to March 31.
The Fairmont Orchid on Hawaii's Big Island also has a
fifth-night-free plan, valid to March 31. Oceanside massages, 36
championship golf holes, scuba-diving lessons in a
10,000-square-foot pool and the KSwiss Tennis Pavilion make this
property stand out as a destination in itself.
Rates start at $1,039 for five nights from Los Angeles, $1,319
from Dallas, $1,365 from Boston and $1,415 from Baltimore.
A whale-watching cruise along with the fifth night free are
elements of the plan being offered by the Waikoloa Beach Marriott,
an Outrigger Resort on the Kohala Coast.
Thirty-six holes of championship golf and the Hawaiian
Rainforest Salon and Spa are a huge draw. Rates start at $969 for
five nights from Los Angeles, $1,199 from Dallas, $1,255 from New
York and $1,299 from Miami.
On Oahu, the Ohana Maile Sky Court provides guests with
panoramic views of Honolulu and the Waikiki coastline. From April
21 to May 31, the resort is offering the first night free with a
five-night minimum stay.
Rates begin at $479 for five nights from Los Angeles; $735 from
New York and Dallas; and $785 from Baltimore and Hartford,
The Hyatt Regency Maui Resort and Spa is offering the fifth
night free, daily buffet breakfast for two and up to two $100
flight credits for future travel.
Rates from April 25 to May 31 start at $1,199 for five nights
from Los Angeles; $1,459 from New York, Dallas and Philadelphia;
and $1,499 from Baltimore and Miami.
For information or to make reservations, call (800) 229-4999 or
visit the Web at www.gogowwv.com.
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