THE HAWAII ANNUAL TOURISM CONFERENCE, which was
scheduled to start today, was canceled. The three-day conference,
sponsored by the Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau, will be
rescheduled at a later date. The Travel Weekly lunch time panel
discussion, "The State of the Packaged Travel Industry and What it
Means to Hawaii," was canceled as well. The panel was scheduled
during the first day of the tourism conference, and will be
rescheduled as well.
ABOUT 1,500 PASSENGERS aboard six international
flights from Asia and the South Pacific who were bound for the U.S.
mainland were diverted to Honolulu following the terrorist attacks
last week, according to Hawaii Tourism Authority CEO Bob Fishman.
Of the six flights that made unexpected stops in Honolulu, two were
from Japan, one was from New Zealand, one was from Australia, one
was from Korea and one was from Hong Kong. Fishman said those
passengers were taken to area hotels on Oahu for the night. Of the
145,000 visitors in Hawaii on Tuesday, 18,000 were preparing to
leave but could not do so because of the ban on air travel. Another
4,000 visitors did enter the state on flights that were allowed to
land, said Fishman. Nearly every major hotel chain contacted,
including Aston, Outrigger and Starwood, were offering discount
rates to visitors who could not leave the state and to those whose
flights were diverted here.
THE HAWAII VISITORS & CONVENTION BUREAU
said it was canceling all television advertising in the U.S. and
Japan following the terrorist attacks on the U.S. Sept. 11.
"pending further review."
IN RELATED NEWS, the HVCB said it received
"multiple" cancellations of both small and medium size corporate
and incentive groups for all islands during the next eight weeks,
following the terrorist attacks last week. The HVCB said 80% of
those cancellations are for groups from the U.S. At press time the
bureau reported no cancellations for large conventions scheduled
either for hotels or for the Hawaii Convention Center.
AMERICAN AIRLINES said it will start a new
daily flight from Los Angeles to Lihue on Kauai. A statement
released by American said only that the flight would start sometime
between now and Jan. 3. American officials were not available for
comment on the start date. But Susan Kanoho, executive director of
the Kauai Visitors Bureau said American informed her the start date
will be Dec. 15.