HAWAII'S meetings and conventions market continues
to be a difficult one, but it is showing some progress, according
to Sandra Moreno, vp-meetings, conventions and incentives for the
Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau. The Hawaii Convention Center
has booked 15 future conventions so far this year out of a goal of
50 bookings by the end of the year, Moreno told members of the
Hawaii Tourism Authority. This year the center has 29 conventions
slated out of a goal of 33. The absence of nonstop air service from
both Chicago and Atlanta to Honolulu is the biggest hurdle to
getting more meetings and conventions, followed by air service from
the West Coast that is not business traveler friendly, said Tony
Vericella, president of the HVCB.
THE NORWEGIAN STAR missed its port call at
Fanning Island in Kiribati for the second time this month to make a
rescue at sea. The Star was asked by the U.S. Coast Guard April 16
to lead a rescue of a man on a sailboat who needed emergency
medical treatment, according to NCL. April 2, the Star missed
Fanning Island to rescue 11 crew members on an Indonesian ship that
had been drifting without power or communications for 22 days. As
part of its weekly Hawaiian islands itinerary, the Star sails from
the Big Island to Fanning Island and back to Maui.
GAY AND LESBIAN TRAVELERS rank Hawaii third
among their favorite U.S. travel destinations, behind Palm Springs,
Calif. and Key West, Fla., according to the Hawaii Visitors and
Convention Bureau, which quoted a survey by San Francisco-based
HAWAIIAN AIRLINES is having a sale through
April 30 with fares of $399 and $439 for its new flights from
Sacramento and Ontario, Calif. and from Phoenix to Honolulu. The
$399 fare is for flights from Monday through Thursday and the $439
is for flights Fridays through Sundays. Sacramento and Ontario
flights start June 7 and Phoenix flights start Oct. 11. The sale on
the Phoenix route is good for travel through June 12, 2003 while
the sale on the Ontario and Sacramento routes is good for travel
through Dec. 14.
PLEASANT HAWAIIAN HOLIDAYS founders Ed and Lynn
Hogan were in Honolulu last week to kick off the Hogan
Entrepreneurial Program at Chaminade University of Honolulu. The
program will teach students entrepreneurial skills with "practical,
real-world experiences," according to the Hogan Family Foundation.
The foundation previously set up the Hogan Entrepreneurial
Leadership Program at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash.
BOB MACGREGOR, one of the founding fathers of
mass tourism to Hawaii, died in Honolulu April 16. He was 88 years
old. MacGregor founded a travel agency called Int'l Travel Service
in Honolulu in 1946, an agency which is still in business today.
Later, he started Interisland Trade Wind Tours, an inbound
wholesaler to the islands. He is survived by a daughter and a