Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-Letter July 21, 2003

MARRIOTT RESORTS in Hawaii is offering agents who book five nights or more a $25 American Express gift check. The "Dollar Daze" travel agent incentive is valid only for new bookings made Aug. 1 to Dec. 20 for hotel stays between Sept. 1 and Dec. 20 at three properties in Hawaii: JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa at Ko Olina, Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort, Kauai Marriott Resort and Beach Club.

OUTRIGGER HOTELS & RESORTS signed a three-year contract with Pegasus Solutions in an effort to increase reservations, improve efficiency and reduce administrative costs. Outrigger and its sister chain, Ohana Hotels & Resorts, will use the Pegasus Electronic Distribution Switch to connect their 49 properties and 12,000 rooms to Sabre, Worldspan, Galileo and Amadeus. Outrigger also will use this system--which replaces WizCom--to distribute room rates and hotel availability via the Internet. Web sites in Pegasus' Online Distribution Network, including and Hotwire, will have access to Outrigger's inventory and rates for real-time reservations. "This is a landmark development for Outrigger that could exponentially increase our reservations volume and processing efficiencies," said Alan White, Outrigger's vp-operations and information technology.

HAWAIIAN AIRLINES resumed its normal flight schedule between Honolulu and Pago Pago, American Samoa. The Federal Aviation Administration concluded that the runway at Pago Pago Int'l Airport meets federal standards. Hawaiian had suspended flights to the area June 26 after two of its Boeing 7 67-300ER aircraft were damaged on the runway. Flights depart Honolulu Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays at 4:45 p.m. and arrive at Pago Pago at 9:10 p.m. The return flights leave Pago Pago on the same days at 11:05 p.m. and arrives in Honolulu the next day at 5:20 a.m.

HOTEL MOLOKAI is five years old this month, and everyone's invited to celebrate. How about a $65-per-night birthday special through Oct. 31? If you're heading there now, don't miss local entertainment all day this Saturday at the property, along with special $5 menu selections. Managed by Castle Resorts, Hotel Molokai has an old Polynesian feel and is located on Kamiloloa Beach, about 1.5 miles from the center of Kaunakakai. (800) 367-5004;

NAVATEK DINNER CRUISERS should know that they can upgrade to a preferred window seat for an additional $10 per person on the Royal Sunset Dinner Cruise. The commission rises a few bucks to 30% [of the $10] when agents book the better view.

• Runaway has land-only golf packages at the romantic Princeville Resort on Kauai. Starting at $1,257 per person, double, for five nights, they include unlimited golf per-paid day, a complimentary shuttle to and from the Prince or Makai courses and a rental car. The packages are valid Aug. 28 to Dec. 18. Check for blackout dates. Add-on fares with United Airlines are available. (800) 622-0723

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