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Tourism leaders offer deals to attract more visitors

Tobi Dwyer Tobi Dwyer

By Leland Kim - bio | email

WAIKIKI (KHNL) - The Hawaii tourism industry gets serious about bringing visitors back to our islands.  With visitor numbers down as much as 20 percent, many hotels are offering very attractive deals.

Airfare is down from earlier in the year and tourism leaders hope the holiday season will ring a much needed boost.

Now, you can find a roundtrip ticket to the mainland for $400 to $600. 

Just a few months ago, it was around $1,000 to $1,400.

As hotels and other places look for ways to bring visitors back, they all hope folks fly west for the winter.

These beachgoers enjoy fun in the sun in the middle of autumn.

That's part of Hawaii's appeal and that's exactly why these folks flew in.

"You can't beat this weather, especially coming from Canada, where it's snowing right now and rainy," said Canadian visitor Tobi Dwyer. "It's gross. So it's nice.

"We got a couple of big snowfalls, so making somebody come to a nice warm destination is not a bad idea," said Canadian visitor Jo-Ann Hnatiuk.

They didn't want to spend a lot of money, and when they check on prices to Hawaii....

"Actually I was quite surprised," said Dwyer. "They were a lot cheaper than I thought and we got some really good deals."

Places like Resort Quest are rolling out deals like fourth night free, and 20 percent off if you book early.

"The deals that we have now, they haven't existed for a very long time," said Kelvin Bloom, Resort Hotel president.

The deals are in direct response to the slowing economy.

"We understand that the pool of vacationers to Hawaii has been reduced somewhat. However for those that are still considering a vacation, we want them to consider Hawaii.

And with great deals, more and more are rediscovering Hawaii.

"You can keep putting it off if you want but you can come now," said Canadian visitor Steve Brown. "It's just a good deal."

A good deal, and a smart idea for money conscious travelers.

"Now's the time to come, great prices, and the hotels are fairly cheap and definitely they should be traveling now," said Dwyer.

There are some great kama'aina deals as well.

Some hotels offer as much as 65 percent off regular prices, as well as free upgrades.

So tourism officials continue to look for ways to boost local tourism.

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