I often visit the www.cnn.com/travel website to see their ideas about travel, exciting vacations, and new deals being offered for the budget minded traveler. A very recent article there “Where the Travel Deals Are” highlighted places like Iceland, London, South Africa, and Hawaii. Their Hawaii section captured my attention the most when they described how generous and affordable they are making hotels and airfare.
For example, you can find a five star timeshare resort with magnificent amenities, two bedrooms, totally furnished and with a brand name like Marriott or Westin for less than $1,000 a week. That’s less than $150 a day for a condo – lots of room and loaded with quality and luxury. Some of the top timeshare resorts we have rented out in Hawaii include Marriott’s Maui Ocean Club, Wyndham Waikiki Beach Walk, Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas, Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club, and more.
Almost 3.4 million Americans have traveled to Hawaii this year, putting the Aloha State’s tourism industry on pace for a record-setting year, according to the Hawaii Tourism Authority.
More than 1.2 million Californians have visited Hawaii so far this year, along with 320,000 Washington State residents. All told, visitors from the West Coast spent $4.7 billion during their trips to Hawaii in 2014, more than visitors from any other region.
2015 will be a record year for tourism in Hawaii. It will also be a record year for spending by tourists – bringing in several billion more than last year. 2014 saw tremendous growth in tourism as Hawaii was rebounding from the “bad” years of 2008 – 2009.
Even with the huge growth Hawaii is experiencing with tourism the REVPar is not all that impressive. Neither is the hotel occupancy rate. How do you account for that? Timeshares. The timeshare market is clobbering hotels across the islands of Hawaii! Their occupancy rate is always over 90% and they keep selling more of them!
The “powers to be” in the tourism world seem to think Hawaii has peaked for now and cannot keep up the growth in tourism. Perhaps. At least they have seen the growth. Can Las Vegas, Orlando, or other vacation destinations say the same? I don’t think so.
Hawaii has one thing going for it that will never change: Location. The good news about that? It is one of the most beautiful places on earth. The bad news? Air fare. It costs quite a bit to get to Hawaii and you cannot just drive there. You must travel by air. Air travel prices will never go much lower than they are today, unless they can use sea water for fuel. Not happening.
I’d say, go ahead and take the plunge: Go to Hawaii, rent a timeshare vacation condo, save a lot of money, and have the vacation of your life.
As usual, I’ll wrap up my comments on Hawaii Tourism 2015 with my top timeshare choices for Hawaii.
Kona Coast Resort II – On the big island, great facilities, reasonably priced timeshares available for sale, and beautiful.
Marriott Maui Ocean Club – Combine Maui with a Marriott resort and you get timeshare paradise!
Westin Ka’anapali Ocean Resort Villas – Ocean views, exotic luxurious landscaping, and Westin quality are common here.