Howzit Howard: Hawaiian Airlines

Howard Dicus
Howard Dicus

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Hawaiian CEO Mark Dunkerley told Bloomberg News he's brought in experts on serving Asian customers to train Hawaiian employees. Hawaiian launches to Tokyo Haneda November 17th and begins serving Seoul in January.

Washington says second quarter US travel prices rose 2.7 percent compared to last year. But spending rose 3 percent. So travelers didn't just pay more, they chose to spend more.

Travelocity and Expedia both report hotel room rates are up 3 percent or more from last year. But they're still down 12 percent from the year before that. Biggest hikes: Mexico and Hong Kong. Here, Maui and Kauai are discounting.

Hertz and Avis are fighting to acquire Dollar-Thrifty. Hertz has a higher bid, but Avis is offering more cash. Dollar-Thrifty has 600 locations... the other two have thousands.

A victory for the local food movement - the 25-restaurant Zippy's chain has decided to start offering local beef as well as Nalo greens, island fresh eggs, and other local farm products.

The Bank of Japan is threatening more intervention as the yen resumes strengthening against the dollar and the euro. And gold this morning has hit $1,300 an ounce.

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