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Air Tahiti Nui to Suspend JFK-Tahiti Flights for Winter Season
Air Tahiti Nui will suspend its flights from JFK Airport to Tahiti for its low winter November–April season due to the continuing increase in fuel prices. During the peak summer months, the carrier has achieved solid results on its JFK-Tahiti route with load factors in excess of 70 percent with a schedule of three flights a week.
“It’s no secret that the airline industry is taking a hit with the steadily rising costs of jet fuel,” says Nick Panza, Air Tahiti Nui’s vice president Americas. “Unfortunately, like many other carriers, we’ve been forced to make service cuts.”
This season’s last non-stop flight from Tahiti to New York will be on October 16; while October 17 will mark the last non-stop Tahiti to New York flight. The final direct flight from Tahiti to New York via Los Angeles will be on October 23, with a return flight from New York to Tahiti via LAX on October 24.
Hawaiian Airlines Institutes Fee for Second Bag for Interisland Flights
In an effort to counter ever-increasing, record-high fuel costs, Hawaiian Airlines will implement a $17 fee each way for checking a second piece of luggage on interisland flights. The new fee applies to tickets purchased on or after July 8 for travel on or after July 15. Customers will have the option to pay for the second bag fee online via Web Check-in, at Hawaiian’s airport kiosk check-in machines, or at the airport ticket counter when checking in. Customer checked-in luggage items exempt from the second bag fee are child car seats, carriers and strollers, wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, canes and other personal assistive devices.
“Unfortunately, the impact of fuel prices on our operating expenses is forcing us to assess an additional fee for checking more than one bag,” said Keoni Wagner, Hawaiian’s vice president of public affairs. “We want to encourage our customers to travel lighter as we do everything we can to reduce fuel use.”
Customers of Hawaiian exempt from paying the second bag fee are:
* HawaiianMiles Pualani Platinum, Gold and Premier Club members
* Corporate and Affiliate members
* Customers traveling in First Class
* Customers traveling on military and government fares
* Customers flying on the same reservation as someone with exempt status (except for group bookings of 10 or more passengers)
Aqua Hotels & Resorts to Manage Park Shore Waikiki Hotel
Aqua Hotels & Resorts, a Hawaii-based hotel management company, will provide management services for Park Shore Waikiki Hotel beginning today. The luxury boutique property has a corner location at the Diamond Head side of Waikiki, adjacent to Queen Kapiolani Park, the Waikiki Shell concert venue and the Honolulu Zoo.
Park Shore Waikiki Hotel will celebrate its 40th anniversary later this year. A multi-million dollar renovation is currently scheduled to start in April 2009 and end in June 2010. The addition of Park Shore Waikiki Hotel increases Aqua’s total portfolio in Waikiki to 13 properties.
Rob Solomon is promoted to Chief Marketing Officer
Outrigger Enterprises Group has announced the promotion of Rob Solomon to chief marketing officer. In this new and expanded capacity, Solomon will provide strategic marketing leadership for the entire Outrigger portfolio of brands and lines of business that span from Hawaii to the Pacific-Asia region.
Solomon was most recently senior vice president, sales and marketing, and has led Outrigger Enterprises Group’s marketing and sales efforts for more than 10 years. In 2005, Solomon was recognized by his peers in the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International as one of the 25 most extraordinary minds in marketing. He is an active and respected member of Hawaii's visitor industry, serving as a member or board representative for industry organizations such as the Oahu Visitors Bureau, the Marketing Advisory Committee of the Hawaii Visitors & Conventions Bureau, the Japan Hawaii Tourism Council and the CMO Council.
Featured Attraction: CW’s is Waikiki Beach Walk’s Newest Hot Spot
Waikiki Beach Walk recently unveiled CW’s, a new entertainment venue, on Lewers Street. CW stands for Coconut Willy, and caters to the 21-and-older Waikiki crowd, with live entertainment and dancing throughout the day.
The 3,500-square-foot club combines the Coconut Willy island image with the flavors of Hawaii, and features tiki bar decor, an expansive dance floor, plush leather couches and booths with wide koa wood tables and counters. CW’s on Lewers is open from 11 a.m. to 4 a.m. and is located on the ground level of the Wyndham Vacation Ownership-Waikiki Beach Walk at 227 Lewers Street.
Event to Remember: Polynesian Cultural Center’s 9th Annual Te Manahua Maori Cultural Competition
The Polynesian Cultural Center will present its 9th Annual Te Manahua Maori Cultural Competition on August 9. The competition is marked by the harmonious melodies and dances of Aotearoa (New Zealand) as well as ornate traditional Maori costumes.
As of last year, the yearly song and dance festival alternates between youth and adult competitions. This year, adults will take the stage, perpetuating the wairua (spirit) of the Maori culture. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for kids 3-11. Kama’aina Annual Pass holders and children under the age of three enter for free. For more information or to make reservations, call 800-367-7060 or visit www.polynesia.com.
Increased Commissions on Hawaii Land Product
Travel agents booking Hawaii have just gotten a sweet deal from NWA WorldVacations. The company has increased commission to 15 percent on all Hawaii land products booked by December 31 for travel anytime. Hotels, car rentals, tours and insurance products such as Travel Protection Plan are all eligible for the commission. The offer is valid for bookings made on WorldAgent Direct and through NWA WorldVacations reservation agents, and with groups of 20 or more booked through the Group Department. NWA WorldVacations also reports that they’re the only company that has unlimited access to seats on Northwest Airlines as well as access to seats on SkyTeam partner carriers, giving travelers the greatest options and flexibility in their travel planning.
Complete details about the new 15 percent commission rate on all Hawaii land products can be found at www.worldagentdirect.com.
Turn Six Nights into Seven
Visitors to the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai on Hawaii’s Big Island can stay a seventh night for free. Visitors can participate in the offer now through August 23. Room rates begin at $875. Complimentary night must be used in conjunction with initial stay and cannot be combined with any other offer, package or promotion. Rates listed are per room, per night, based on single or double occupancy, subject to availability. Taxes and service charges are additional.