HAWAII'S MOST POPULAR luaus and dinner cruises
often sell out in advance, leaving visitors frustrated. Now there's
another way for agents to pre-book activities on line. By signing
up at www.hawaiiactivities.com, agents are issued a login
that keeps track of sales and calculates commissions, which start
at 10%. Tickets can be delivered via regular mail or e-mail to the
agent, providing the opportunity to package all event information
together with the client's travel documents. Alternatively, tickets
can be sent directly to the client. For more information, call
(877) 877-1222 or visit www.hawaiiactivities.com.
NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE'S travel agent promotion
to celebrate Freestyle Cruising runs through July 4 and offers
plenty of goodies to agents participating. The first 1,000 agents
who register win a T-shirt while a separate booking contest awards
prizes to agents based on the number of cruises they sell. A
sweepstakes contest-- selected by random drawing from all entries
-- features three 7-day voyages to NCL's Homeland Cruising
destinations, with a cruise aboard the inaugural voyage of NCL's
"Project America" ship in early July as the grand prize. For
details, call (800) 327-7030 or surf over to www.ncl.com.
HILO HATTIE and Aloha Tower Marketplace joined
forces to provide free trolley transportation between Waikiki and
Honolulu Harbor. There are 10 trolley pick-up and drop-off points
at Waikiki hotels, running 20 minutes apart, beginning at 8:20 a.m.
and ending at 6 p.m. All shuttles will pick-up and drop-off at Hilo
Hattie's Nimitz store location and at the Aloha Tower Marketplace
nearby. There's also an optional drop-off at Ala Moana Shopping
Center on the way back to Waikiki.
JUNE is travel agent appreciation month at Marc
Resorts Hawaii, giving agents a third night free with every two
nights they book at any of Marc's 15 properties throughout Hawaii.
Agent rates, valid June 1 to 30, are 50% off published prices. In
addition, for every five-night or longer client booking, agents
qualify for a $25 booking bonus; bookings for stays in May, June
and July earn agents an additional 3% commission over the standard
10%. To book, call (800) 535-0085 or log onto www.marcresorts.com.
MEALS AND DEALS
• Summer's coming ... but what to do with the kids? Bring them to
the Waikoloa Beach Marriott and get a 40% discount on rooms and
lots of extras for longer stays. As part of the Celebration of the
Land program, families who book five nights or more receive one
complimentary Kohala Country Falls Adventure. This includes a hike
to waterfalls and other historic sites suitable for children. For
rooms, the Best Value rate is $189 per night, and the Paradise Plus
package starts at $229 per night, including car rental or daily
breakfast for two. Rates are valid through Dec. 19. To book, call
(888) 924-5656 or visit www.WaikoloaBeachMarriott.com.