In a concerted effort to stimulate tourism, Norwegian Cruise Line, the innovator in cruise travel, along with the Island of Hawai`i Visitors Bureau, today hosted a private event to celebrate the culture, history and people of Hawai`i.The cruise line also announced a new, limited-time free airfare promotion from airports nationwide.Focused on educating and reacquainting prospective visitors with the 50th state, the cruise line and visitors bureau welcomed government officials and top travel professionals from across the nation at the `Imiloa Astronomy Center in Hilo. Andy Stuart, president and chief executive officer of Norwegian Cruise Line; Ross Birch, executive director of the Island of Hawai`i Visitors Bureau; and State Representative Richard Onishi addressed the group, each emphasizing the tourism need and opportunity across the Hawaiian Islands.Stuart discussed the company’s long-standing support for the destination and its history of inter- island sailings from Honolulu 52 weeks each year. He also announced the company’s most recent effort to encourage travel to Hawai`i – a new Free At Sea offer which provides free and reduced airfare from 37 airports nationwide as well as from Vancouver, British Columbia, beginning Oct. 4. Guests can view promotion details at“Our Pride of America sailings continue to be one of the most coveted itineraries we offer,” said Stuart. “We remain dedicated to this captivating destination which is why we are inspiring travelers with this latest free air promotion. We want to encourage vacationers to take a closer look at Pride of America, Hawai`i and all this paradise state

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