Hawaii Hotel Tax Increase - January 1, 2018

September 22, 2017

On September 5, 2017, the State of Hawaii amended the Transient Accommodations Tax (TAT) increasing the rate 1% effective January 1, 2018. This will take effect on all islands for lodging accommodations regardless of arrival date or when the hotel reservations are made.

All Hawaii hotel bookings for travel on and after January 1, 2018 are subject to the new tax rate unless full payment was made at time of booking.



Caribbean & Florida Travel

09/21/17 11:30am PDT

Following is the latest status for Journese' Caribbean & Florida portfolio destinations based on preliminary reports on impact for travel from recent hurricane activity, including Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Irma. Please note that this status may change. We will update this page as more information becomes available. Please check back regularly for the latest developments.


We are pleased to report that most destinations in the Caribbean sustained no major damage and continue to welcome guests.

These include:

•Dominican Republic
•Grand Cayman
•Saint Lucia
•St. Kitts & Nevis
•St. Vincent & The Grenadines

Destinations that may be affected by Hurricane Maria on her path through the region include:

•Bahamas (currently not in path)
•Bermuda (currently not in path)
•Turks & Caicos

Islands that received major damage to their infrastructure and are expected to be closed for an extended period of time include:

•British Virgin Islands
•Puerto Rico
•St. Barts
•St. Martin/Sint Maarten
•U.S. Virgin Islands (St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix)


We are pleased to report that 99% of the destinations in our Florida portfolio are currently welcoming guests.

These include:

•Cape Coral
•Daytona Beach
•Fort Lauderdale
•Fort Myers
•Marco Island
•Miami/South Beach
•Palm Beach
•Panama City
•Sanibel Island
•St. Augustine
•St. Petersburg
•West Palm Beach

The Florida Keys are expected to reopen for tourism beginning mid-October.

Hurricane Alert for Caribbean & Key West

Pleasant Holidays is addressing the concerns of travelers with reservations for upcoming travel to destinations in the Caribbean that lie in the anticipated path of or have already been impacted by Hurricane Maria.

Please be assured that our Customer Service team members are working diligently to assist each impacted customer on an individual basis, reaching out to each based on addressing the most imminently scheduled departures first.



Hurricane Maria

9/21/2017 1:00pm PDT

Category 3 Hurricane Maria approaches Turks & Caicos. With winds of 120 mph, Maria is moving northwest at 9 mph and is 135 miles southeast of Grand Turk. The following watches and warnings are in effect:

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for the Dominican Republic from Cabo Engano to Puerto Plata and the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Southeastern Bahamas.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for the Dominican Republic west of Puerto Plata to the northern border of the Dominican Republic and Haiti and the Dominican Republic west of Cabo Engano to Andres/Boca Chica.

A Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the Central Bahamas.

For more information on these storms, visit: http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

Journese will continue to monitor these weather conditions and provide updates as appropriate.

The safety of our customers is always of the utmost importance to us.

For questions or concerns regarding bookings for travel to areas of concern, please call our Customer Service team for assistance.

Vacations currently in destination or departing soon: 800.848.9118