The O'ahu Visitors Bureau, in conjunction with the Hawai'i Tourism Authority (HTA), the state agency for tourism, and other industry partners in Hawai'i are pleased to announce special offers to travel professionals during Mahalo Month for Travel Professionals from April 1-May 31, 2009.
During this two-month period, Hawai'i-selling retail agents, tour operator staff and reservation agents are invited to visit and take advantage of special Mahalo ("thank you" in Hawaiian) rates to experience O'ahu firsthand.
"O'ahu offers the best of both worlds," said Noelani Schilling-Wheeler, senior director of sales and marketing of the O'ahu Visitors Bureau.
"We encourage our travel partners to visit O'ahu during Mahalo Month to take in our vibrant city life, enjoy our relaxing countryside, and see how visitors can experience so much more Hawai'i on the island of O'ahu."
"We would like to personally thank our travel partners for all of the work they do on our behalf and invite them to visit Hawai'i during Mahalo Month," said Lloyd Unebasami, interim president and CEO of the HTA. "This is an excellent opportunity for our travel partners to renew their Hawai'i experiences and learn why there is no place else on earth like our islands."
Travel professionals will be able to take advantage of special offers on hotel room rates on O'ahu, and experience the natural beauty, Hawaiian culture, history, and uniqueness of the island. For a complete listing of Mahalo Month offers, please visit www.mahalomonth.com. Below is a sampling of travel industry offers for Mahalo Month.
Aqua Palms & Spa, Aqua Aloha Surf & Spa, Aqua Bamboo & Spa
Rate: $59 per night
Includes daily continental breakfast, high-speed Internet and WiFi, local and toll-free calls, daily local newspaper, in room safe, and bottled water on arrival.
Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel
Rate: $99 per night
Includes "Breakfast on the Beach."
Best Western Coconut Waikiki Hotel - an Aqua Boutique Hotel
Rate: $109 per night
Includes daily continental breakfast, high-speed internet and WiFi, local and toll-free calls, daily local newspaper, in room safe, and bottled water on arrival.
Castle Hokele Suites Waikiki
Rate: $74 per night (studio with kitchen)
Includes a complimentary upgrade upon arrival to best available view within category.
Rate: $300 per night (ocean view) for a maximum stay of three nights
Hilton Waikiki Prince Kuhio
Rate: $129 per night
Includes a standard upgrade to an ocean view room based upon availability.
Must arrange a site inspection with the hotel's sales office.
40 percent off published rates
Includes complimentary WiFi and daily continental breakfast. Must contact sales department to set up a site inspection.
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa
Rate: $135 per night (city view)
Includes two-for-one buffet breakfast with purchase of one adult buffet breakfast.
The Kahala Hotel & Resort
50 percent off rack rates
Includes daily breakfast buffet for two at Plumeria Beach House.
Ko Olina Beach Resort
Rate: $195 per night
OHANA Waikiki Beachcomber
Rate: $50 per night
Includes complimentary local and long distance phone calls to U.S. and Canada, use of in-room safe, in-room coffee and tea daily, Internet access, local newspaper, digital pagers for early check-in guests, and rides on the Waikiki Trolley's Pink Line.
Outrigger Reef on the Beach
Rate: $129 per night for a maximum five-night stay
Offer valid from Jan. 5-June 7, 2009.
Rate: $129 per night
Includes upgrade to Banyan Ocean room and free parking.
Rate: $129 per night
Includes upgrade to ocean front room and free parking.
The Royal Hawaiian
Rate: $199 per night
Includes upgrade to Royal Grove and free parking.
The Wyland Waikiki
Rate: $109 per night
Includes upgrade to one-bedroom suite.
Turtle Bay Resort
Rate: $125 per night for ocean view or ocean front room
Site inspection and 24 hour advance reservation required.
Atlantis Adventures - Atlantis Submarines
$44.50 for adults, $30 for children;
Sunset Buffet Dinner Cruise: $58.99 for adults, $37.99 for children;
Royal Sunset Dinner: $83 for adults, $52 for children.
Battleship Missouri Memorial
Complimentary admission and Battleship Guided Tour for travel professionals (value $23) and 50 percent discount for general admission and Battleship Guided Tour for up to four adults or children traveling with travel professionals (up to $46 savings).
Free admission and optional 15 percent off discount from La Kulea - Hula. Reservations are needed for La Kulea and must be made 24 hours in advance; offer valid on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
50 percent off Guided Tours ($10 value).
North Shore Surf Girls Surf School
25 percent off published rates.
O'ahu Ghost Tours
50 percent off "Sacred Spirits" day time driving tour; 25 percent off "Honolulu City Haunts" walking tour and "Orbs of Oahu" night time driving tours.
Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor
Free Combat Simulator Flight.
Polynesian Adventure Tours
50 percent off all land tours and 25 percent off all interisland one-day flyaway tours.
Polynesian Cultural Center
50 percent off retail prices for qualified agents plus one guest.
Ala Moana Center
Travel professionals who visit the Customer Service Center can receive a complimentary "Premier Passport" savings pass to Ala Moana Center.
"We recognize that travel agents, wholesalers and tour operators are a key part of our sales and marketing effort," said Jon Conching, vice president of sales and marketing, Hilton Resorts Hawaii. "We appreciate all of their support and hope that many of our travel partners will take advantage of the special Mahalo Month offers," he added.
Reservations for accommodations, tours or attractions must be made directly with the participating O'ahu visitor industry partner. Taxes, fees and certain restrictions may apply; all offers are based on availability.
To take advantage of Mahalo Month retail and other discounts, travel professionals must download a Mahalo Month for Travel Professionals card from www.mahalomonth.com to present along with a business card or company authorization letter and a valid picture ID to receive the Mahalo Month special rate.