Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-Letter: October 29, 2001

HAWAII HOTELS lost $163 million from Sept. 11 through Oct. 20 compared with the same period a year ago, according to a report by Smith Travel Research and Hospitality Advisors. The report compiled revenue data from hotels representing 65% of all the rooms in the state. By contrast, Hawaii hotels lost $135 million in the entire first quarter of 1991 during the Gulf war, when visitor numbers dropped dramatically, according to the report.

THE NUMBER OF U.S. and international visitors to Hawaii during September dropped by 34% compared with September 2000, according to the state Department of Business Economic Development and Tourism. Last September, 533,849 visitors came to Hawaii, but this September that number was down to 352,110. The number of U.S. visitors dropped by 28% in September while the number of international visitors, mostly from Japan, dropped by 43.5%.

HAWAIIAN AIRLINES is reinforcing its cockpit doors on all of its 29 jets used on interisland and transpacific flights. Hawaiian said the work should be complete by the end of the month. The cockpit doors now will have steel crossbars and locks.

BONUS COVERAGE: Both Pleasant Hawaiian Holidays and Classic Custom Vacations are offering agents big booking bonuses for bookings and travel through Dec. 15. Pleasant is paying agents a $40 bonus for five-night land-only or air and land packages. To get the bonus, agents need to buy the Pleasant Protection Plan. Classic is paying 20% commission on the land portion of all bookings, which must be purchased with the Classic change and cancellation waiver.

OUTRIGGER HOTELS & RESORTS is rebranding its Outrigger East hotel in Waikiki to its lower-priced Ohana product Dec. 1 The 445-room property will be called the Ohana East Hotel.

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