MARC RESORTS HAWAII, a resort management company
with 15 properties in Hawaii, was purchased by a group of investors
led by Heller-White Hotel Management of Phoenix. Marc Resorts was a
subsidiary of Sunterra, a Las Vegas-based company in Chapter 11
reorganization. Heller-White, a specialist in turnarounds of
troubled hotels, operates more than 50 hotels on the mainland. Marc
Resorts president Matthew Delaney said he will join Heller-White
and oversee its new Hawaii division. Marc Resorts will expand to
hotel management in addition to its resort condominium management
role it has had in the past, he said. Terms of the acquisition were
ALOHA AIRLINES has promised to keep paying 5%
commission, uncapped, until at least the end of this year for
inter-island and trans-Pacific flights. ASTA, which on July 16
issued the press release revealing the airline's decision, praised
the action as "beneficial to all parties involved." Rival Hawaiian
Airlines eliminated base commissions June 24.
TIMESHARE TEAM: Outrigger Enterprises, parent
of Hawaii's Outrigger Hotels & Resorts, entered a marketing and
development agreement with Orlando, Fla.-based Fairfield Resorts,
the vacation ownership company. The pact marks Outrigger's entry
into the timeshare industry and provides Fairfield with a foothold
in the timeshare industry's largest market, Hawaii. Under the deal,
Fairfield will market Outrigger hotels and co-branded Hawaii
timeshare products to prospective timeshare owners, both at
Outrigger hotels and through Fairfield's sales and marketing
channels. The companies said they also plan to explore joint
acquisitions and timeshare development projects in Hawaii.
PEDDLING PETALS: Kauai's Poipu Kapili is
offering a Smell the Flowers package valid Aug. 25 to Dec. 20. The
package offers the choice of five or seven nights for two in an
oceanview room and includes tropical flowers in the room, a guided
tour of the National Tropical Botanical Garden and a convertible
rental car. The five-night package price for two people is $1,290,
plus tax. The seven-night package price for two people is $1,499,
plus tax. For reservations or information, call (800) 443-7714, or
visit the Web at www.poipukapili.com.
OUTRIGGER WAILEA RESORT on Maui has extended
its family package through Dec. 18. Outrigger's Kids Connect Free
& Eat Free Too package offers families two connecting rooms for
the price of one, plus free meals for children ages 12 and younger.
For kids ages 5 through 12, the resort offers the Cowabunga Kids
Club children's program, designed to let kids experience Hawaiian
culture through a variety of interactive activities as well as a
complimentary Island Explorer Kit educational guide. The plan is
priced at $425 per night for oceanview rooms, $475 per night for
oceanfront rooms, and $525 per night for deluxe oceanfront rooms.
No minimum stay is required. Commission is 10%. For more
information or to make a reservation, call Outrigger Wailea Resort
at (800) 367-2960 or visit http://outriggerwailea.com.