Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-Letter: November 5, 2001

HAWAII GOV. Ben Cayetano signed into law three bills aimed at helping the islands' tourism industry. With one law, the state now has $10 million more to spend on marketing the islands to tourists, on top of $49 million the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau budgeted to spend this year. The governor also approved a bill allocating $36 million to improve the security of the state's airports, harbors and highways. And Cayetano signed a bill authorizing $5 million to promote the safety of Hawaii's airports. The bills were introduced during a special session of the Hawaii legislature to stimulate the state's economy.

PLEASANT HAWAIIAN HOLIDAYS added the Hawaii Prince Hotel in Waikiki to its roster, bringing to 120 the number of hotels it sells in Hawaii. Through Dec. 18 the hotel will offer Pleasant guests a room upgrade and a $100 food and beverage credit during their stay.

THE U.S. TO HAWAII market continues to rebound with the latest figures from the state showing visitor numbers down 11% on a weekly basis from Oct. 19 to Oct. 25 compared with the same period last year. That figure has steadily improved. In the week immediately following the resumption of flights to Hawaii after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the number of Americans traveling to Hawaii was down 32% and for the week Oct. 1 through Oct. 7 the numbers were down an average 15%. The Japanese market continues to suffer, however. The latest statistics show the number of Japanese travelers to Hawaii is down about 60% for the week of Oct. 24 through Oct. 30.

NORWEGIAN CRUISE LINE will position its Norwegian Wind in Hawaii for 11- and 12-day cruises from September through April of next year. The itinerary will include five Hawaiian islands, one stop at Fanning Island in the Republic of Kiribati and four days at sea.

CONTINENTAL AIRLINES will add a second daily flight from Houston to Honolulu Feb. 15 using a 767 aircraft. The flight will bring the number of Continental flights to Hawaii to four a day. Continental currently offers three flights a day to Honolulu from Houston, Los Angeles and Newark, N.J, also on 767s.

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