Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-Letter: May 12, 2003

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.

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