HAWAII ACTIVITIES launched a Web site at www.hawaiiactivities.com where consumers and travel
agents can book tours and activities online. The system is set up
so that consumers can book on their own or agents can book for
their clients and earn 10% commission with 170 companies statewide.
Agents with Web sites who place a link to Hawaii Activities will
get 5% commission for each booking that originates at the agents'
sites. "Our site is smart enough to know that the booking came
through the agent's Web site and it's tracked and a commission is
paid," said marketing manager Emily Steele.
HAWAII'S HOTEL OCCUPANCY figures were down 12
points to 59% during a one-week October compared with the same week
last year, according to a survey by Smith Travel Research and
Hospitality Advisors. However, room rates in the state only dropped
from $153 a night to $151 a night. Hawaii's 59% hotel occupancy for
the period Oct. 21 to 27 is in the same neighborhood as the entire
U.S. (61% ) and six other domestic regions where occupancy ranged
from 54% in Orlando to 79% in New York.
VISITORS from the West Coast ranked No. 1 in
spending and No. 1 in head count in 2000, according to the Hawaii
department of Business Economic Development & Tourism. The 2.1
million West Coast visitors spent more than $3.4 billion in the
state last year. East Coast visitors ranked No. 2 in spending at a
little more than $2.9 billion, but ranked No. 3 in the number of
visitors at 1.5 million. Visitors from Japan ranked No. 3 in
spending at $2.3 billion and No. 2 in the number of visitors at 2
THE ROYAL KONA RESORT on the Big Island is
renovating all 452 rooms, a restaurant and a lounge. The work
should be complete by mid-December, according to Hawaiian Hotels
& Resorts, which owns the property. "We will continue to
provide guests with the best values in the Kailua-Kona area with no
rate increases in 2002 while improving the rooms and dining
experience," said company president Glenn Hogan.
PARADISE CRUISE is starting a new daily
Hawaiiana Lunch Cruise Jan. 2 on the Star of Honolulu. The
Oahu-based ship will offer the cruise daily from 10 a.m. to 12:30
p.m. from Aloha Tower Marketplace. In addition to lunch, the cruise
will feature a video on Hawaii culture, live entertainment, and
hula, ukulele, lei-making and weaving lessons.