UNITED AIRLINES in February will reinstate two
daily flights from San Francisco and Los Angeles to Honolulu that
it cut Oct. 31, and add two weekend flights from Denver to
Honolulu. The move will bring the number of United flights to
Hawaii to 19 per day, plus the two weekend flights -- a small
increase over what the airline was flying to Hawaii pre-Sept. 11.
The Saturday and Sunday flights from Denver to Honolulu start Feb.
2 on 777 aircraft. Part of the decision to add the flight from
Denver was fueled by demand from customers of Norwegian Cruise
Line's new weekly Hawaiian island cruises that start Dec. 16,
according to Tom Renville, United's managing director in Hawaii.
The San Francisco and Los Angeles flights will begin again Feb. 15.
The San Francisco flight will use a 757 aircraft and the Los
Angeles flight a 767 aircraft.
THE ISLANDS OF MAUI AND OAHU have been hardest
hit by a drop-off in visitors since September. On Oahu, U.S. and
international visitor arrivals were down 31% in October vs. last
year and down 6.5% on the year through October. On Maui, arrivals
were down 30% for October and 7.5% on the year, according to the
state Department of Business Economic Development & Tourism.
The number of U.S. visitors to Hawaii as a whole fell 19% in
October compared with last year and 4.6% for the year to date. The
number of Japanese visitors to Hawaii -- the state's second-largest
market behind the mainland U.S. -- fell 54% in October and 11% so
far this year.
HONOLULU WILL HOST its 22nd NFL Pro Bowl at
Aloha Stadium Feb. 9. The Hawaii Tourism Authority pays the NFL
$4.4 million each year to play the game here and sees a return of
$80 million to $100 million in spending by fans, media and others
at local businesses. Media exposure of Hawaii from the Pro Bowl is
valued at an additional $4 million, according to Rick Chastain of
Team Unlimited, which is under contract with the HTA to bring
sporting events to Hawaii.
THE HONOLULU ACADEMY OF ARTS is giving visitors
several opportunities for free admission. The art museum starts a
free Sunday program Dec. 2 that runs through December of next year.
That's in addition to an existing free Wednesday program and on top
of free admission for holders of Hawaii's new Value Pass. Also,
visitors checking into hotels in Hawaii through Jan. 31 will get
the new Value Pass, which entitles holders to discounts at Hawaii
businesses, including free admission to, what else, the Academy of
UNITED VACATIONS is offering 2,500 bonus miles
on air-inclusive vacations to Hawaii of five-nights or more booked
by Dec. 31 for travel through 2002. The wholesaler also is giving
travel agents a $25 bonus on Hawaii air and land vacations of three
nights or more booked electronically through Dec. 30. A $50 bonus
goes to agents who book an air-inclusive vacation of three nights
or more that includes United's travel insurance.