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Booming Hawaii Tourism Prompts Aqua Hospitality to Spend Over
$55 Million on Enhancements Across Many of its 24 Hotels

Honolulu, Hawaii - January 30, 2013 - Aqua Hospitality ( announced it is undergoing $55 million in enhancement projects across a number of its 24 hotels in response to the strength of Hawaii's recovery from the recession. Aqua, which recently unveiled three new brands for its diversified collection, is the only hotel management company in Hawaii with properties on all six major islands - Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Hawaii, Molokai and Lanai.

"It's no surprise Hawaii recovered quickly from the recession," says Ben Rafter, President and CEO of Aqua Hospitality. "The state has a collaborative effort involving the government, visitors bureaus and the private sector and the increasing tourism spending is filtering through the entire Hawaiian economy. Now is the time to work with our owners to reinvest."

l-r Monogram Hotel Collection - Lotus Honolulu; Aqua Hotels & Resorts - Park Shore Waikiki and Aqua Skyline at Island Colony

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, Korea and Australia. The improving United States and Canadian economies are also pushing Aqua's occupancy and revenue numbers to new company highs.

"Aqua experienced strong growth during the recession because our hotels have appeal across all economic and geographic segments," said Rafter. "With global economies recovering, Aqua is upgrading our hotels to ensure we continue to expand our market share in Hawaii."

"We currently have many properties upgrading, with an approximate total of over $55 million being spent collectively," added Rafter. "The comprehensive improvements range from lobbies to rooms to meeting space - we even have our Kauai Beach Resort installing a huge array of solar panels over their parking lot to reduce our carbon footprint and utility costs. It's an exciting time.

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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Also See: Aqua Hotels & Resorts Restructures and Changes Name: Its 24 Property Group Divided Into Three Distinct Brands Under Aqua Hospitality / January 2013

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Aqua Hotels & Resorts Opens the New 110-room Aqua Skyline at Island Colony; Completing a $6 Million Renovation and Upgrade to the Hotel within the 740-room Property in Waikiki, Hawaii's Tallest Building / November 2012

Aqua Hotels & Resorts Names Matthew Pickett, Hilmy Dole and Greg Peros to Key Hotel Positions on Oahu, Kauai and Maui / October 2012

Aqua Hotels & Resorts Names Kathy Gunderson as Area Hotel Manager and Renette Carpio as Senior Owner Relations Manager / September 2012

Aqua Hotels & Resorts Names David Sosner as General Manager of the 350-room Kaua'i Beach Resort in Hawaii / August 2012

Aqua Hotels & Resorts Completes $2.5 Million Renovation of the 51-room Aqua Lotus Honolulu in Hawaii / August 2012

Aqua Hotels & Resorts to Begin $10.7 Million Renovation of the 221-room Park Shore Waikiki on Oahu, Hawaii / July 2012

Aqua Hotels & Resorts Makes Key Appointments within their Operations Group / May 2012

Aqua Hotels & Resorts Makes Several Sales & Marketing Appointments to Support the Company's Growth / May 2012

Aqua Hotels & Resorts Makes Management Promotions within their Operations Group Including Three New General Managers / April 2012

Elleair Hawaii Chooses Aqua Hotels & Resorts to Manage the 147-room Maui Beach Hotel on Maui, Hawaii / March 2012

Aqua Hotels & Resorts Appoints Stephen Keller as Corporate Controller / January 2012

Aqua Hotels & Resorts Appoints Heidi Kaohuhokulei Kalepa as Corporate Director of Human Resources / December 2011

Aqua Hotels & Resorts Names Two Management Team Members at the 359-room Pagoda Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii; Appoints Brian "Kovy" Kovaloff as Pagoda Hotel Manager and Karen Yonemoto as Sales Manager for the Pagoda and White Sands Hotels / December 2011

Aqua Hotels & Resorts Chosen to Manage the 51-room Lotus at Diamond Head in Hawaii to be Renovated and Renamed Aqua Lotus Honolulu / July 2011

Unity House Seeking Bankruptcy Court Approval to Sell 51-room Lotus at Diamond Head Hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii to Interested Investor / May 2011

Lotus at Diamond Head Hotel in Honolulu Assigned Receiver Amid Money Woes / April 2011

Aqua Hotels & Resorts Appoints June Nozoe as Director of Sales & Marketing for Asia and Janice Ishihara as Director of Sales for the 350-room Kaua'i Beach Resort / February 2011

Hawaii's Pagoda Hotel Joins Aqua Hotels and Resorts: Kai Management Services Will Serve as Operator / December 2010

Aqua Hotels & Resorts Selected to Manage the 312-room Queen Kapiolani Hotel in Waikiki /December, 2010

Aqua Hotels & Resorts Appoints Jernell Mendonca, General Manager and Luana Kekaula-Castillo, Sales Manager for Maile Sky Court, Waikiki / May 2010

Aqua Hotels & Resorts to Manage the Unique and Historic Hotel Lanai Located in Lana'i City, Hawaii / April 2010

Markus Schale and Terry Dowsett Appointed to General Manager Posts with Aqua Hotels & Resorts / March 2010

The 51-room Lotus at Diamond Head, Formerly Known as the W Honolulu-Diamond Head, Sold at Auction to Unity House, a Nonprofit Labor Welfare Organization, for $8.5 million / August 2009

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