The Hawaii Tourism
Authority plans to use $1.24 million left over from 2003
to fund several projects that will help promote the
The authority said
it plans to spend $100,000 on a cultural film grant program to
support films that market Hawaii and will invest another $100,000
to help launch a statewide National Heritage Corridor
Under the corridor
program, areas such as Hanalei, the Hamakua Coast and Waikiki would
be designated heritage corridors. The program would link tourist
areas through a common system of signs and through
The surplus, which
will help fund seven additional projects, includes money returned by the Hawaii Visitors
& Convention Bureau to correct accounting irregularities
uncovered in a state audit.
In other Hawaii
Tourism Authority news, John Toner, executive vice
president of Ko Olina Resort Association, was elected
chairman, and Nadine Nakamura,
NKN Project Planning on Kauai, was elected vice
Chang, general manager of the Hotel Hana-Maui, and
Cheryl Williams, regional director of sales and
marketing of Starwood Hotels, were appointed to interim terms on
the HTA board.
appointments are expected to be confirmed by the state Senate when
it resumes its legislative session. Chang
also serves as president of the Native Hawaiian Hospitality
Computer mogul Michael Dell has entered the hospitality arena in
and MSD Capital, the company created by Dell to manage his
capital, closed on the acquisition of the Four Seasons
Resort Maui. The value of the Wailea resort is estimated
at more than $250 million.
According to Glenn
Fuhrman, a managing partner with MSD Capital, the company has
formed a real estate investment group "committed to building a
leading global real estate group," and this purchase "is a great
Enterprises agreed to sell its Waikoloa Beach
Marriott and Wailea Marriott resorts to
affiliates of Blackstone Real Estate Advisors of New York for an
undisclosed price.The agreement could be
finalized as early as July 30.
sold the Hyatt Regency Maui.
The Wailea Marriott
and the Waikoloa Beach Marriott have been operated by Outrigger
through a franchise agreement with Marriott International.
The hotels will continue to be affiliated with
Marriott International after Blackstone acquires them.
Adventures increased travel agent commissions for its
Hawaii-based activities -- Atlantis Submarines, Atlantis Cruises
and Sea Life Park Hawaii -- from 10% to 15%. The 15% commission is
available to all noncontracted travel agents.
can be booked by calling Atlantis at (800) 548-6262 or via e-mail
at [email protected].
To spotlight the
completion of its $20 million renovation, the Outrigger
Waikiki revealed a year-round exhibit of authentic native
More than two dozen
items - all on loan from private collectors, galleries and museums
throughout the U.S. - will rotate on a quarterly basis in and
around the hotel's lobby during the course of this year, joining
the lobby's permanent fixture, a century-old koa canoe.
renovation began in the fall of 2002 and included all 530 guest
rooms, public areas, dining facilities and lobby.
Airlines partnered with Island Air to
meet an increase in demand for interisland seats. Beginning Aug. 1, the carrier will added a
Honolulu-to-Maui flight as well as an afternoon Honolulu-to-Hilo
(Big Island) flight. Each route will increase seat capacity by more
Molokai and Lanai
suffered cutbacks in service, as these routes were frequently
flying well under capacity, according to a Hawaiian
Bay Golf Course will host the 2004 PGA Grand Slam
of Golf tournament for the 11th consecutive year. The
dates are Dec. 2 to 4, with the Pro Am event taking place on Dec.
2, the first round on Dec. 3 and the final round on Dec.
Tickets can be
purchased at www.pga.com or by calling (800) PGA-TCKT.
Marriott Corp. bought the Fairmont Kea
Lani in Maui for $355 million. The property is Host
Marriott's second in Hawaii, after the Hyatt Regency Resort &
Spa. The corporation also owns hotels operated by Ritz-Carlton,
Four Seasons, Hilton and Westin.
Airlines announced the relaunch of daily nonstop service
between Chicago (O'Hare) and Honolulu.
The flight, aboard
a Boeing 777 with 348 seats, departs Chicago at 10:15 a.m. and
arrives in Honolulu at 1:45 p.m. The
return trip will depart Hawaii at 4:25 p.m. and arrive in Chicago
at 5:15 a.m. the following day.
The carrier also
initiated a second daily nonstop Tokyo to Honolulu flight aboard a
Boeing 777. United already flies nonstop
daily to both Tokyo and Osaka, Japan.