HONOLULU -- A year-old company called Hawaii Activities launched a
Web site that enables consumers and travel agents to book tours and
activities on line. The system, at www.hawaii-activities.com, is set up so consumers can
book on their own or agents can book their clients and earn 10%
commissions with 170 companies statewide. An affiliate program pays
agents a 5% commission for each booking that comes to Hawaii
Activities via a link placed on an agent's Web site.
Travel agents do virtually no work for the 5% commission except for
placing the link on their site. "Our site is smart enough to know
that the booking came through the agent's Web site and it's tracked
and a commission is paid," said marketing manager Emily Steele.
"Agents should definitely sign up for both the Web booking where
they get 10% and the affiliate program. "With the affiliate program
especially, a customer could be just looking at the agent's site,
book an activity with us, and the agent would never do any work,"
Prior to going live with the site, Steele said Hawaii Activities
offered bookings via a toll-free phone number. Steele said the
most-booked attraction is the Old Lahaina Luau in Lahaina on
Other products include submarine rides, a Mauna Kea Summit
Adventure to the top of 13,796-foot Mauna Kea on the Big Island,
jeep adventures, wedding packages, dinner cruises, Waikiki shows
and combination packages on different islands. For information,
call (808) 524-0008.