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Aqua Hotels & Resorts Restructures and Changes Name

Its 24 Property Group Divided Into Three Distinct Brands Under Aqua Hospitality

Honolulu, Hawaii - January 16, 2013 - Hawaii's leading hotel management company has changed its name to Aqua Hospitality ( and announced the restructuring of its 24-property group into three distinctive brands. In a little over a decade Aqua Hospitality, formerly known as Aqua Hotels and Resorts, has developed a highly successful and diverse collection of hotels and resorts that span all six major Hawaiian Islands. Aqua has combined its innovative, service-oriented hotel operations with deep analytical capabilities, a tech-savvy marketing approach and worldwide sales effort to become Hawaii's top choice for travelers from across the globe.

"Hawaii is a melting pot and Aqua's comprehensive global outreach has made our hotels and resorts as diverse as Hawaii itself," said Aqua Hospitality's President and CEO Ben Rafter. "That diversity has led Aqua to create three distinct brands that reflect the unique characteristics of our major market segments -luxury seekers of customized experiences, value and adventure-oriented guests and budget-conscious travelers."

Aqua has been a leader in redefining how potential visitors view Hawaii, working closely with Hawaii tourism authorities to invigorate the image of the islands. Rafter cited a few examples, "We are the only hotel company on all six tourism islands. We have the best nightclub and pool bar in Hawaii. We play host to three of the top-rated restaurants in the islands. Throughout 2013 we are launching offerings that are extremely attractive to the non-honeymooning under 40 demographic. We're currently breathing new life into the historic UNESCO World Heritage site Volcano House. Add the fact we've hired 1500 people during the recession and it becomes clear why people consider Aqua one of the most exciting hotel companies in the country."

Aqua's successful strategy of marketing its wide range of accommodations to travelers from all over the world has resulted in dramatically increased business from strong economies like China and Australia. The improving United States and Canadian economies are also pushing Aqua's occupancy and revenue numbers to new company highs. The hotel group is driving these numbers even higher with an aggressive renovation program with over $55 million dollars in projects completed recently or slated for this year.

The increased demand from travelers has combined with a varied demographic profile across Aqua's diversified hotels to create the opportunity for the three new brands and operating divisions under the Aqua Hospitality umbrella:

MONOGRAM HOTEL COLLECTION represents an elite group of stand-alone and independent hotels and resorts providing a highly personalized luxury experience. Each hotel has a distinct name and identity and is unique in personality, environment and design. All the properties offer a boutique experience and promise to be the highlight of any getaway.

AQUA HOTELS AND RESORTS® offers stylish, mid-priced hotels that present excellent value and lifestyle services rooted in Hawaii's rich cultural traditions. Savvy travelers will appreciate the convenient added services that make an Aqua Hotels and Resorts stay fun, convenient and positively practical.

LITE HOTELS is a group of eclectic, economy hotels that appeal to budget-minded travelers. These guests are seeking the most bang for their buck and appreciate the fundamentals - service, convenience and cleanliness.

The creation of the three new operating divisions also positions the company to deploy its highly successful methodologies across a wider portfolio of properties including opportunities on the U. S. mainland.

About Aqua Hospitality®

Aqua Hospitality is a Hawaii-based management company founded in 2001. The company provides full-service management including sales, marketing, Internet distribution, individualized branding, reservations, as well as revenue management to maximize profitability. Currently representing 24 contemporary properties on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai and Hawaii Island, Aqua offers lifestyle full-service resorts, stylish boutique hotels, comfortable budget properties and a historic hotel within a UNESCO World Heritage Site. For more information on the company, individual hotels, and its three brands of hotels - Monogram Hotel Collection, Aqua Hotels and Resorts and Lite Hotels - visit or call 1-808-943-9291.    


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Lori Kennedy or Shae Geary
JLK Marketing + Communications

Hawaii Media Contact:
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