Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-Letter June 16, 2003

GOV. LINDA LINGLE appointed Maui Visitors Bureau executive director Marsha Wienert to serve as the state's first tourism liaison, and Wienert chose the Travel Weekly Leadership Forum on June 4 to make her first public address. Some 200 wholesalers, retailers, airline representatives and tourism leaders attended the gathering at the Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort. No other state has created a cabinet-level position to examine the direction and strategy of the visitor industry on a statewide level. Weinert said her initial priorities are to increase the airlift to all islands, define and implement performance measures for the Hawaii Tourism Authority, develop the administration's tourism legislative package for the 2004 session and advise the governor about how to most effectively market and operate the Hawaii Convention Center. She starts July 1.

STAFF AT THE OUTRIGGER REEF ON THE BEACH in Waikiki on Wednesday will share with guests a sampling of their diverse cultures through cuisine and crafts in a "Flavors of the Reef" program. From 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., visitors can taste foods from Hawaii, Japan, China, the Philippines, and Samoa that will be prepared and presented by people who work a the 858-room hotel. But this won't be the only chance to dine on exotic offerings. Guests can request a recipe card and attempt to duplicate a dish back home. Employees also will dance, perform music with native instruments and display their hand-made crafts. (800) OUTRIGGER;

MARC RESORTS HAWAII is offering $25 in addition to 10% commission for materialized bookings through Dec. 19. Be sure to complete and submit booking forms within 14 days of guests' arrival on the property to qualify. Agents can obtain booking forms from Marc Resorts Marketing Department: (800) 535-0085 or [email protected]. Send completed forms to Marc Resorts, Attn: Marketing Department, 2155 Kalakaua Ave., 3rd Floor, Honolulu, HI, 96815. or fax to (800) 633-5085.

A NEW DINNER SHOW that features magic as well as Hawaiian dance is now playing at the Kaanapali Beach Hotel on Maui. "Kupanaha: Maui Magic for All Ages" features illusions, magic tricks, and Hawaiian legends illustrated through hula and chant. And what would a dinner show be without good food and specialty drinks from the Volcano Bar? The show takes place Tuesday through Saturday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.. Reservations are required, as is a 24-hour cancellation notice. Ticket prices are $29 to $79. (800) 262-8450.

GO OFF ROAD WITH MAUI'S 430-room Kaanapali Beach Hotel, which has a new package with unusual adventures to supplement a relaxing stay on the beach. Guests can choose two activities from the following: flying across a ravine on a zipline, a 2.5-hour horseback ride on a working cattle ranch, ATV rides, hiking to waterfalls and mountain biking down Haleakala. Book online by the end of June and get five nights in an oceanview room -- with a rental car -- for $840. Guests who stay 10 nights or more will also receive a 10% discount on the Tiki Terrace Restaurant. Minimum age for the Maui Off Road package is 16 years old. (800) 262-8450

CORRECTION: Gogo Worldwide Vacations' trips to Hawaii are air-land inclusive, and not all-inclusive as erroneously reported in the June 9 e-letter.

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