Industry News 10-12-2007

Disney plans to build a resort on the western side of Oahu. DISNEY EXPANDS TO HAWAII Walt Disney Parks & Resorts has announced plans to develop 21 acres of oceanfront property on Hawaii’s island of Oahu. The property, located on the island’s western side in the Ko Olina Resort & Mar


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DISNEY EXPANDS TO HAWAII

Walt Disney Parks & Resorts has announced plans to develop 21 acres of oceanfront property on Hawaii’s island of Oahu. The property, located on the island’s western side in the Ko Olina Resort & Marina, will be home to Disney’s first mixed-use family resort outside of its theme-park developments. The expansive resort, scheduled to open in 2011, will have more than 800 units including hotel rooms and villas for Disney Vacation Club, the company’s growing timeshare business.

“This resort hotel will give our guests another way to visit an exciting part of the world with a brand they trust,” said Jay Rasulo, chairman of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts. “In fact, Hawaii has been among our most requested Disney Vacation Club getaway locations beyond our theme parks. We are looking forward to building a special family resort that honors the cultural diversity of Hawaii and reflects the spirit of aloha that makes this location so unique.”

“Disney and Hawaii have something special in common, and that is the recognition of the importance of ‘ohana,’” said Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle. “We are pleased that a company known for providing families with a way to spend quality time together is investing in Hawaii. This is a wonderful opportunity for our residents who will develop careers at the new resort as well as people from around the world, who will visit our state to stay at this exciting new destination.”

The new resort hotel will be the latest addition to the Ko Olina development, known for its sweeping ocean views, white-sand beaches and blue lagoons. Designs for the resort are still being finalized by Walt Disney Imagineers, who have been traveling extensively throughout Hawaii for the past several months gathering ideas. The team is working closely with local architects, engineers and cultural advisors. Plans for the resort hotel will be revealed in early 2008.

Another Million Dreams

Due to popular demand, Disney Parks will extend The Year of a Million Dreams celebration at Disneyland Resort in California and Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, through Dec. 31, 2008. A new 2008 Disney Dreams Giveaway that starts on Jan. 1 features more than one million dreams some never before seen to be awarded through a random process to eligible guests in both resorts and mail-in participants in 2008.

New dreams added as part of the 2008 Disney Dreams Giveaway include a private visit to Disney’s Bahamian paradise, Castaway Cay, for a day; overnight stays at inside Disneyland in the new Walt Disney Dream Suite being constructed in New Orleans Square and a backstage visit to Walt Disney Imagineering.

Guests at the Disney Parks can enjoy recently added attractions as well as expanded hotel accommodations. Disney’s Grand Californian Hotel and Spa at the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, Calif. will be expanded to increase accommodations by thirty percent and also include the first Disney Vacation Club villas in Anaheim.

The 2008 Dream Catalog is available online.

www.2008disneydreamcatalog.com


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NEW CHARITY FOR HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY

A new charity connected to the hospitality industry was announced in September at the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting in New York City. The new nonprofit, called The Good Night Foundation, is partnering with the Small Luxury Hotels of the World to raise funds to support local and worldwide programs focused on health, education, environment and poverty alleviation.

The Good Night Foundation is the brainchild of Mike Freed, co-founder and managing partner of Passport Resorts LLC and creator of Post Ranch Inn in Big Sur, Calif., and Jack Theimer, president of The Theimer Group, chief executive officer of HPJ Media Ventures. Both founders believe that the hospitality environment offers a unique nexus for travelers to assist in the betterment of the destinations they visit and enjoy, as well as the global environment and community at large.

The foundation will ask hotel guests for a four-dollar charitable donation, to be added to each night’s hotel bill. Three dollars will be used for global programs focusing on health, education, environment and alleviating poverty. The fourth dollar will be donated to a local charity selected by the participating hotel, ensuring that the nearby community benefits from guests’ donations.

www.goodnightfoundation.org


SUPERFERRY DOWN

The Hawaii Superferry has ceased operations pending ongoing litigation. A court order halted the ferry’s Oahu-Maui service on Aug. 28, but the company had hoped to continue with its Oahu-Kauai route. Despite a favorable court ruling and support from Hawaii’s governor, public protests have continued.

In a statement, officials from Hawaii Superferry noted that “a temporary delay serves the community best.”

www.hawaiisuperferry.com

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