Howzit Howard - Asiana, Laie Marriott, City to sell apt buildings

(HawaiiNewsNow) - The twice-weekly flights began Sunday - Asiana plans limited service but it's still enough to create almost 50 million dollars in extra visitor spending and 5 million in extra annual tax revenue. The Hawaii Tourism Authority believes arrivals from Korea for all of 2011 will be up 47% from last year.

The Honolulu City Council overrode concerns about traffic and approved a construction permit for a 222-room Courtyard by Marriott next to the Polynesian Cultural Center - the hotel will create 125 jobs, mostly for Laie residents and students at the Brigham Young Hawaii campus.

Mayor Carlisle says the Honolulu city government plans to sell a dozen apartment buildings - requiring the new private sector owners to keep the properties affordably priced - CB Richard Ellis will handle this - the properties are Chinatown Gateway Plaza, Manoa Gardens, Westlake Apartments and nine others.

TSA Management at Honolulu International has fired 28 employees and suspended 15 - another three retired or quit - employees may appeal disciplinary actions - this follows the discovery of lax screening on some flights late last year - some changes were also made in management.