Boost expected from Chinese holiday
HONOLULU - A more than weeklong Chinese holiday is expected to boost Hawaii tourism at a time that's usually slow for the industry.
The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reports Chinese travel agencies are seeing strong bookings for Super Golden Week.
Chinese National Day comes soon after Mid-Autumn Festival this year, giving many Chinese more than a weeklong holiday starting this month.
Hawaii Tourism Authority Vice President of Brand Management David Uchiyama said that the Chinese market continues to do well for the islands.
The authority projects Chinese arrivals in Hawaii for October to be up 35.3 percent from a year ago.
Hilton Hawaiian Village spokeswoman Cynthia Rankin said that the resort has had to turn away several Chinese groups due to high room occupancy forecasts. The resort is now only taking reservations from individual travelers.