Hawaii Happenings: Free nights at Turtle Bay for agents

uring March, the newly renovated Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu's North Shore is offering two nights' complimentary accommodations to travel agents based in cities with direct flights to Honolulu.

Agents will have access to every activity on the property, including 36 holes of golf, surfing lessons with the Hans Hedemann Surf School and horseback-riding through ironwood groves and along beachfront paths.

Travel agents can extend their stay at a rate of $139 per night, which includes a 30-minute massage at the Spa Luana. (Limit: one free massage for the duration of the extended stay.)

The $60 million renovation was completed in December. For more information about the travel agent offer, contact Jan Kribell at (808) 293-6026.

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A recent survey of 287 Carlson Wagonlit associate agencies ranked Maui and Honolulu in the top five of the most popular U.S. destinations among its clientele. Of the respondents, 54.7% named Maui as a top spot and 49.1% cited Honolulu as a favorite. Kauai ranked 12th as a domestic destination. The agencies surveyed are located in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas/Fort Worth, Detroit, Houston, Milwaukee, Minneapolis and Seattle.

In a separate survey conducted by ASTA and Fodor's, Honolulu ranked fifth among the top five winter destinations. Meanwhile, a poll conducted by Yahoo Travel and National Geographic Traveler ranked the islands of Hawaii as the top romantic destination in the U.S.

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After suspending daily nonstop service between Los Angeles and Honolulu in December, Northwest Airlines said it will reinstate the nonstop flight starting July 1. On the other end of the spectrum, Hawaiian Airlines will suspend nonstop service between Ontario, Calif., and Honolulu. Hawaiian will continue to service the area with flights from Los Angeles and San Diego.

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Aloha Airlines is offering a 10% discount on Web bookings in connection with the launch of its new Web site. The discount applies to all transpacific and interisland bookings made online at www.alohaairlines.com, with the exception of AlohaPass members-only fares.

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