Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort on Kauai is one of many Hawaii properties offering travel agents discounts during Mahalo Month. // © 2013 Outrigger Hotels & Resorts
Recognizing the valuable role that travel agents play in sending visitors to Hawaii, the state’s tourism industry annually says mahalo — thanks — by offering them special deals around the islands.
The initiative — dubbed Mahalo Month — provides travel professionals with low rates and appealing offers each year in April and May, so that they can see firsthand how much the destination has to offer.
A joint venture between the Hawaii Tourism Authority and the state’s visitor industry, Mahalo Month presents discounts on activities, accommodations, air travel, attractions, car rentals, dining and shopping.
Over 100 offers are available to retail agents, tour operator staff and reservation agents during Mahalo Month. To view the offers, participants must register online.
Following is just a small sampling of the many Hawaii perks awaiting travel professionals during Mahalo Month 2013:
Blue Hawaiian Helicopters
Agents who go flightseeing on Oahu, Maui, Kauai or Hawaii Island receive:
-A 20 percent discount on the tour price
-One free copy of “Visions of Hawaii” on DVD or Blu-Ray
Hawaii Island Retreat
Set in North Kohala, this serene Hawaii Island oasis gives agents:
-A reduced room rate of $200 per night
-Breakfast for two
-An automatic upgrade to best available room
-A 15 percent discount on spa services.
A minimum two-night stay is required.
Kaanapali Beach Hotel
A longtime Maui favorite, the oceanside hotel is thanking agents with:
-A $99 per night rate for run-of-house accommodations
-A 20 percent discount for dinner entrees at Tiki Terrace restaurant
-A $50 certificate for Gerard’s restaurant
-$10 off admission to Kupanaha Magic Dinner Theater.
A maximum of seven nights is allowed.
The northwest Maui spa offers agents the following for the reduced price of $115 each:
-One 50-minute massage
-One 50-minute facial
-A combination manicure, pedicure and shampoo/blow dry.
The adventure tour firm promises two-for-one agent pricing on these excursions:
-Five-hour Sacred Falls paddle and hike on the Wailua River
-Five-hour Blue Lagoon Extra paddle and snorkel in Hanalei estuary, bay and reef
-Four-hour hike and swim on Kuilau Ridge.
All outings are guided and include lunch.
Agents who buy two lunch or dinner entrees at the Kauai eatery receive:
-One complimentary Hula Pie dessert (regularly $8).
Outrigger Hotels and Resorts
The chain’s 12 participating condominium resorts list discounts during Mahalo Month, including the following nightly rates:
-Outrigger Kanaloa at Kona from $109 (Hawaii Island)
-Outrigger Waipouli Beach Resort from $169 (Kauai)
-Outrigger Luana Waikiki from $119 (Oahu)
-Outrigger Palms at Wailea from $135 (Maui).
Polynesian Cultural Center
The longtime north shore Oahu attraction gives agents reduced rates on two packages:
-Alii Luau package for $48.90 per person
-Ambassador Luau package for $65.40 per person.
Turtle Bay Resort
The north shore Oahu hotel lists agent benefits such as:
-A $169 per night room rate from Mon.-Thurs.
-A $199 per night room rate from Fri.-Sun.
-A $25 per day resort credit.
Westin Princeville Ocean Resort Villas
The North Shore Kauai accommodation provides the following special prices for agents:
-$199 per night for a studio villa
-$299 per night for a one-bedroom villa.