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
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,"
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.