SMOKING IN MAUI restaurants will be banned
entirely as of Jan. 1, with the passage of an ordinance this past
week by the Maui County Council. The smoking ban in restaurants
includes outdoor seating areas and bars within restaurants, a Maui
Visitors Bureau spokesman said. Smoking still will be allowed in
stand-alone bars on Maui.
THE BIG ISLAND VISITORS BUREAU is developing an
agent specialist program, set to launch during the ASTA convention
in Honolulu. The program will be tied in with wholesaler partners,
George Applegate, BIVB executive director said, and was developed
with the help of specialist program expertise from the Hawaii
Visitors and Convention Bureau and Oahu Visitors Bureau. An agent
Web page on the bureau's Web site, www.bigisland.org
also is in the works.
MEANWHILE, Ambassadors of Aloha, a volunteer
staff of senior-citizen greeters, is being tested at Hilo airport
and will be introduced at Kona airport within several weeks.
Volunteer personnel in signature aloha wear will be available to
answer visitors' questions, direct them to car rental facilities
and extend a warm welcome upon their arrival on Hawaii's Big
Island. The visitors bureau also is planning aloha training for all
airport workers, Applegate said.
HAWAIIAN AIRLINES and the Radisson Kauai are
offering agents and a traveling companion a three-night vacation
including a Thrifty compact car rental and roundtrip air from any
West Coast city Hawaiian serves for $359 per person. Hawaiian added
Sacramento and Ontario, Calif., on June 7 and will begin serving
Phoenix on Oct. 11. The three-night stay at the Radisson Kauai
includes a nightly manager's cocktail hour party and complimentary
valet parking. For reservations, call Hawaiian Airlines at (800)
367-5320. For further information, contact Radisson Kauai at (888)
805-3843 or e-mail [email protected].
CLASSIC CUSTOM VACATIONS introduced a Free Air,
Free Car program on new bookings of seven-night Classic Hawaii
vacations for travel through Dec. 14. The offer provides one
complimentary economy air ticket per room from any California
gateway on select airlines to Oahu or Maui. If departing from other
cities or to other islands, a $300 air credit will be applied to
Classic's contracted air fares. Clients also receive a
complimentary compact Hertz rental car on bookings of seven nights
or more at select hotels. Purchase of transpacific air, seven-night
hotel stay and Classic's Change & Cancellation Waiver is
required. A list of hotels participating in the promotion may be
found at www.ccv.com/flyfreehotels.htm. For more information,
call (800) 221-3949 or visit www.classiccustomvacations.com.
HANAUMA BAY MARINE EDUCATION CENTER opened last
Friday on Oahu. The $13 million center gives visitors an overview
of the bay, considered the island's best area for snorkeling,
through a seven-minute video, computer and gallery exhibits.
Admission is $3 and parking is $1. A new tram brings visitors down
to the bay for the actual snorkeling and back up, for 50 cents and
$1, respectively. The film, shown in a 110-person theater, provides
tips for snorkeling safely and with minimal impact to marine life.
Parking is intentionally limited at the preserve, which attracts
3,300 people per day on average.
PLEASANT HOLIDAYS and McDonald's restaurants
teamed up in a joint promotion called Your Lucky Day Hawaiian
Giveaway, to award 30 Hawaii trips in 30 days in the Los Angeles,
San Diego and Portland areas. Each of the 839 McDonald's
restaurants participating in the promotion will feature posters,
decals and tray liners, in addition to 4 million Pleasant Passport
fliers, which will be distributed with each sale, outlining travel
specials being offered during the promotion. McDonald's travelers
from the San Diego area who purchase seven-night Pleasant Holidays
travel packages will receive Two Vacations for the Price of One,
with a coupon good for two nights at selected Marriotts in
Scottsdale, Ariz.; Palm Desert, Calif.; and San Francisco. Pleasant
Holidays is donating $20 from the sale of each travel package sold
during the promotion to Ronald McDonald House Charities in the area
of origin. For more information, call (800) 528-6278 or visit the
Web site www.pleasantholidays.com.