McCrory: Despite war, timeshare occupancy should stay strong

If Kaua’i timeshare occupancies do drop as a result of war-related cancellations, the lowest point would still be at a level any hotel manager would love.

Lynn McCrory, president of Pahio Resorts, Inc., the island’s largest single owner and operator of timeshare units, said her company has experienced no cancellations yet as a result of the onset of war.

She’s anticipating at least a few, though. But if cancellations do happen, she doesn’t expect overall occupancy in the timeshare units Pahio owns or operates at Princeville and near Hanama’ulu to drop below 85 percent, a level of occupancy nearly any island hotel manager would take in a heartbeat.

“And that even to me will be my low end of a number,” said McCrory, who continues to feel that the draw of Kaua’i will keep those with set weeks of vacation time on the island coming here even if war rages elsewhere in the world.

At the Hawai’i Convention Center in Waikiki, Randy Tanaka, director of sales and marketing, said not only has the center not received any cancellation calls, but representatives of some larger conventions booked at the center have called to reconfirm their attendance.

Yesterday, Tanaka said center management contractor SMG had expected some postponements from Asian and Japanese groups, but those cancellations had not materialized, either.

“It’s all degrees of expectation. So far, nothing’s rattled anyone yet,” he said. “I think we’re all right now. I don’t see a lot of cancellations down the road.

“That speaks to the confidence of what we’re doing, and confidence in support of what the president is doing, so everybody is moving forward,” said Tanaka.

There remains trepidation, though, about what war is doing, or may do, to the airlines that deliver millions of visitors to the state each year, he added.

Long-range promotional efforts are continuing, too, as Margy Parker, executive director of the Po’ipu Beach Resort Association, announced that a planned promotion aimed at giving Mainland travel agents even more information about Kaua’i and the South Shore, will continue as scheduled.

The PBRA is a sponsor in a 100-city Hawai’i Travel Academy, where between June and December the academy will host seminars about Hawai’i, Kaua’i and Po’ipu for up to 25 travel agents per city.

Staff Writer Paul C. Curtis can be reached at mailto:pcurtis@pulitzer.net or 245-3681 (ext. 224).

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