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What to Tell Your Clients About Hawaii's Tsunami Damage

March 16, 2011 By: Jena Tesse Fox

Yahoo! has a great story about the how the tsunami affected Hawaii, and what visitors to the Aloha State can expect—and believe it or not, there's plenty of good news. Here's what to tell your clients:

All airports are open and fully functioning.

Cruise lines serving Hawaii are unaffected. Ships will make all scheduled port stops, and no future cruises have been delayed or canceled.

All roads are open, but cleanup may cause traffic delays. A small number of parking lots and beach access areas may be closed for repairs.

Damage to harbors, marinas and boating facilities may cause service interruptions. Travelers should check operator websites and re-confirm reservations for fishing excursions, whale watching, sunset sails and dinner cruises.

Restaurants, shops and other businesses in heavily impacted waterfront areas, including Kona's Alii Drive, may be closed or operating at reduced capacity.

Several waterfront hotels have reported minor damage to grounds and amenities. Check hotel websites for updates, or consult your travel agent. Though guest rooms have not been affected, hotels may assist in relocating guests who are concerned about the impact on their stay.

At some bays and beaches, Hawaii's waters are murky with floating debris. Cleanup activities are underway, but small pieces of debris such as splintered wood or broken glass may remain. Swimmers and sunbathers should wear their slippers and use extra caution. Silt, mud and other runoff should settle within a few days.


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Jena Tesse Fox
Jena Tesse Fox covers Europe, Africa, Australia/South Pacific and business travel for the Questex Travel Group's publications. The daughter of history teachers, she can spend...

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By Jena Tesse Fox | March 16, 2011
If your Hawaii-bound clients are concerned about the damage caused by last week's tsunami, there is plenty of good news to put them at ease.
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