Travel Weekly's Hawaii E-Letter: September 3, 2001

PLEASANT HAWAIIAN HOLIDAYS added the Sugar Beach Condominium Resort on Maui to its inventory of properties. The resort is near Maalaea Bay, about halfway between Kihei and Lahaina. Four-night, land-only packages -- including daily use of a rental car -- start at $314 per person per night. Call (800) 242-9244 or go to

THE AVERAGE HAWAII VISITOR from the West Coast spent $160 per day, with 43% of that spent on lodging while East Coast visitors spent $186 per day with 39% of that spent on lodging, according to the state of Hawaii's 2000 Annual Visitor Research Report. The study also noted that male visitors from the West Coast outnumbered female visitors 55% to 45%.

THE HAWAII VISITORS & CONVENTION CENTER has two remaining travel agent seminars left for the year as part of its "Hawaii...Come Celebrate the Island of Aloha" series. The seminars offer a Hawaii trade show followed by presentations on the islands of Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai and the Big Island. The seminars run from 5:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
• Oct. 24: Bellevue, Wash. in the Hyatt Regency Bellevue.
• Oct. 25: Portland, Ore. in the Hilton Portland.
• Oct. 25: Portland, Ore. in the Hilton Portland.
For more information call (800) 853-5891 or visit

THE HAWAII VISITORS & CONVENTION BUREAU is holding its "fall mall tour" for consumers and agents. Displays at various shopping malls around the country include video terminals with information on the islands; a Hawaii history display; a virtual golfing booth; a juice stand; a Hawaii store with Hawaii products; a virtual helicopter tour of Hawaii and cultural performances. Dates, cities and malls follow:
• Sept. 14-16: Auburn Hills, Mich., at the Great Lakes Crossing.
• Sept. 21-23: Northbrook, Ill., at the Northbrook Court.
• Sept. 28-30: Minnetonka, Minn., at the Ridgedale Center.
• Oct. 19-21: Lynwood, Wash., at the Alderwood Mall.
• Oct. 26-28: Portland, Ore., at the Clackamas Town Center.
Visit for more information.

THE OUTRIGGER WAIKIKI started a kids program to teach them how to use a mask and snorkel in the comfort and safety of a swimming pool. The free program is held Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. in the pool at the Outrigger Waikiki. To sign up for the free lessons, call AquaZone at (808) 923-3483.

THE KAUAI VISITORS BUREAU and Travel Weekly are looking for travel agents to participate in a series of Web-based focus groups to help the bureau determine what kinds of marketing materials to send to agents. The one-hour focus groups use the Internet and telephone conference-calling to link the Kauai Visitors Bureau and agents together. Focus groups for other organizations are planned. "The purpose of the groups is to give agents a chance to be involved in the process before a destination or company creates their marketing collateral," explained Travel Weekly focus group facilitator Mary Pat Sullivan. Agents interested in participating should contact Sullivan by e-mail at [email protected].

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