Business Briefs

Reported by Star-Bulletin staff & wire

Monday, July 14, 1997

Outrigger to manage
new resort in Fiji

Outrigger Hotels & Resorts has signed an agreement to manage a new resort in Fiji, the 255-room Outrigger Reef Fiji Resort, due to open in 1999.

Owned by Coral Coast (Fiji) Ltd., the hotel will consist of five low-rise buildings with 208 rooms and 47 bungalows. The hotel is being built on the Coral Coast of the island of Viti Levu, about an hour's drive from Fiji's airport at Nadi. Outrigger has been expanding steadily throughout the Pacific. The company opened its first hotel 50 years ago, in Waikiki.

Hawaiian Air flew
more passengers in first half

Hawaiian Airlines Inc. carried 2,625,946 passengers in the first half of 1997, an increase of just 0.6 percent from 2,611,437 passengers in the first half of 1996.

However, revenue passenger miles were up 10.5 percent for the half-year, at 2.1 billion compared with 1.9 billion in the 1996 period. (A revenue passenger mile equals one paying passenger transported one mile.)

Hawaiian's passenger load factor was up too, with 76.5 percent of its seats filled through the latest six months compared with 76.2 percent in the first half of last year.

Hawaiian Air has reported lower tourism business but has increased its long-haul charter services.

State warns against
credit card 'scheme'

An effort to market off-shore credit cards in Hawaii looks like an "illegal pyramid scheme," says Russel Yamashita, state securities commissioner.

Yamashita has issued a warning to the public to beware of such schemes. He said Eric Christian Rolls and GMG Marketing Group, also known as Global Marketing Group, are being investigated by law enforcement officials in various U.S. and Canadian jurisdictions. They offer a major credit card, unsecured, for a $100 advance fee and $25 a month, Yamashita said. What may make them illegal, he said, is the offer of income to participants who recruit other customers.

Young Bros. workers
to take strike vote

Dockworkers for Young Brothers Ltd. shipping company were scheduled to take a strike authorization vote today.

A lawyer for the union representing the workers says the vote will be held at the headquarters of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union on Atkinson Drive at 5 p.m. Votes from the Neighbor Islands will be counted by the end of the coming week.

Union attorney Herb Takahashi says if authorized, a strike could be imminent. About 100 workers staged a sick-out against the company on Wednesday and Thursday, disrupting Neighbor Island deliveries for the interisland carrier.





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