Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-Letter: January 7, 2002

HAWAII WORLD of Livermore, Calif., struck a partnership with Maui-based Activity World (the names are purely coincidental, we swear) that gives Hawaii World travel agents commissions on Hawaii activities. "We've been working with travel agents for 15 years, but the new twist to this is our partnership with Hawaii World," said Activity World owner Craig Hill. Another new twist is that any agent who books activities, like luaus and helicopter rides, through Activity World for their clients will get additional commissions for subsequent bookings made by their clients once they are in Hawaii, said Hill.

PIGSKIN PICKS: Tickets and vacation packages still are available to the NFL Pro Bowl at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu Feb. 9. Ticket Plus outlets in Hawaii have about 6,000 individual tickets left for sale. Prices range from $20 to $250. Both Pleasant Hawaiian Holidays and Panda Travel are offering vacation packages that include tickets. Pleasant has four-night packages with air from the West Coast, accommodations and tickets starting at $1,278 per person while Panda has three-night air inclusive packages with accommodations, car rental and tickets starting at $580 per person. Tickets also are available through the NFL.

THE FAIRMONT KEA LANI on Maui will spend $10 million on upgrades this year, according to general manager Christof Luedi. "We paid a lot of money for the resort [$250 million] and we have a five year plan to upgrade it," said Luedi. First on the list is a new parking garage, followed by more meetings space and then new rooms. The Kea Lani's signature all-white rooms will be changed to include more "Hawaiian colors," said Luedi.

WHERE ARE ALL those cruise passengers coming from? New York City and the state of Florida are the biggest source of passengers for Norwegian Cruise Line's new Hawaii cruises on the Norwegian Star, according to an NCL spokeswoman. There also are a few local residents taking the cruise. On the Star's inaugural cruise Dec. 16, there were at least 500 cruisers from Hawaii on board from two local agencies selling the cruise. The ship can hold a maximum of 2,400 passengers.

OUTRIGGER'S hotel properties are offering several free-night programs through Jan. 31. Guests who stay four nights pay for three nights at published rates; guests who stay for seven nights pay for five nights and guests who stay for 11 nights pay for eight.

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