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ith Australians returning in
the record numbers of the
1990s, Hawaii expects
2015 visitor arrivals to
grow 1.9 per cent, visitor days 2.2 per cent,
and their spending to rise 3.6 per cent.
Despite a sagging Aussie dollar that has
effectively pushed up the cost of
international travel, Hawaii is enjoying a
return to the heady days of the 1990s when
more than 350,000 visitors from Oceania,
including Australia, headed to the island
Both Qantas and Jetstar have increased
their seats to Hawaii - Qantas adding an
extra service in an upgraded aircraft added
53 seats per week, and from February,
Jetstar passengers get the Boeing 787
With many recent visitors to Hawaii
described as “older Boomers” the US’s
50th state recently launched a campaign
titled ‘Let Hawaii Happen’ targeting more
than 12 million Generation X and Y
travellers who have never visited.
Gearing up for the predicted continued
annual growth, some Oahu resorts have
opted to renovate, including Hyatt Regency
Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa, due to
complete its $100 million renovations to
1230 guest rooms by March. It has two
ballrooms to banquet up to 600 and 140
plus six other private rooms.
Oahu’s north shore – home to the Banzai
Pipeline and other big surf destinations –
has also grown in popularity, offering an
alternative to the business of Waikiki. Turtle
Bay Resort recently undertook a $45 million
upgrade to all 410 rooms and installed
1500 solar panels on its roof. It also added
new experiences including stand-up
paddling (SUP), snorkelling, onsite
helicopter tours and horseback riding, even
hot hula. The resort can cater for up to 700
theatre-style or more than 6000 outdoors.
There are also new builds, including a
new Courtyard by Marriott hotel on Oahu’s
North Shore. Scheduled to open mid-2015,
the 144-room hotel will feature an upscale
pool, a bistro, and meeting space.
Oahu’s sunny west coast has been a successful location for Disney’s Aulani resort and spa
since 2011 and soon the area will also be home to a Four Seasons resort, Oahu at Ko Olina.
With construction due to commence in early 2016, the property will encompass the existing
Ihilani resort which has 14 meeting rooms including a ballroom to banquet more than 1000.
Roberts Hawaii launched a personalised private car service on Oahu offering high
achievers the reward of personal vehicle services rather than its well-known fleet of
coaches. Vehicles range from sedans and SUVs to stretch limos and Mercedes Benz
Sprinters, and a professional driver can do private transfers to and from Honolulu
International Airport, or around the island.
Maui gears up for business
Popular for meetings and incentives, the island of Maui offers two popular destinations for
five-star meetings and events – Wailea to the south and Ka’anapali on the western shore.
Among a row of five-star hotels along the Wailea shore, the all-suite Fairmont Kea Lani,
Maui has spent the past three years completing a $70 million resort-wide renovation. The
works included a $5 million rebuild of the much-awarded Kō restaurant and $9 million on its
Hawaiian-inspired Willow Stream Spa. Following the renovation of all 413 one-bedroom
suites and 37 private two and three-bedroom villas, incentive planners have ample opportunity
to reward top achievers with all-suite room stock.
Nearby an extensive renovation is almost complete on Grand Wailea Resort’s 780 guest
rooms and 100,000 square feet of meeting space; while Four Seasons Resort Maui at
Wailea just completed a $3 million renovation of its two top three-bedroom suites.
On the west coast, Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa has added a new resort to its 40
acre beachfront - Hyatt Residence Club Ka’anapali Beach – offering 131 one, two and three-
bedroom residences with four new swimming pools and a new beachfront tiki bar that
guests of both properties can enjoy.
The 806-room Hyatt Regency has always been popular for meetings and incentives and is
looking to consolidate that business with the addition of its new Lahaina Ballroom on the
lobby level. As a full ballroom it fits 300 (banquet) or 400 (cocktail), or divides into four
breakout rooms for 80-150 (theatre). m
Combine the Hawaiian Islands natural beauty, diverse culture, year-round warm weather, and
legendary aloha spirit with the island’s wealth of tourism professionals, and it’s easy to see why
Hawai‘i meetings build attendance and achieve positive results.
Hawai’i Tourism Oceania
+61 2 9286 8935
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for your free ‘Meet Hawai‘i Guide’
BUSINESS or PLEASURE?
Hawaii is on track for another record year with business
events reflecting the growth in arrivals, visitor days and
expenditure, reports Graeme Kemlo from Oahu and Maui.
HAWAII | GRAEME KEMLO
THE US’S 50TH STATE RECENTLY
LAUNCHED A CAMPAIGN TITLED
‘LET HAWAII HAPPEN’ TARGETING
MORE THAN 12 MILLION
GENERATION X AND Y
TRAVELLERS WHO HAVE NEVER
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