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Howzit Howard: world's largest travel fair

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Democratic legislative leaders will join Governor Lingle in Shanghai next month for the world's largest travel fair, in Shanghai. Lingle has two days of meetings with the head of the China National Tourism Administration. China already approved Hainan Air's bid to fly here from Beijing but Hainan is late launching.

Still no word on how many layoffs there might be at the Hotel Hana Maui, but we should know soon. The incoming owner, Denver-based Amstar Group, closed on the deal yesterday. Local Five is talking to the new management.

Kyoya Corporation, owner of the Princess Kaiulani and Moana Surfrider Hotels, plans to demolish some buildings, renovate others, and convert some hotel rooms to condo units for sale. Hotel workers say they will sue. Local Five promises details later today.

Six hundred more jobless claims last week, but the total still came in below 19,000. Claims rose in every office but Hilo, while first-time claims fell in all offices but Hilo and Wailuku.

Colliers Monroe Friedlander projected higher retail vacancy this spring but now says space has been filing instead...especially at Ward and Windward. And Bed Bath & Beyond took the old Circuit City space at Pearlridge.

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