Travel Weekly's Asia-Pacific E-letter: Aug. 23, 2004

INTERCONTINENTAL HOTELS GROUP (IHG) and China Southern Airlines partnered to allow members of their loyalty programs -- Priority Club Rewards and Sky Pearl Club -- to earn and redeem airline miles or reward points when flying on China Southern or staying at any IHG brand. The alliance also marks Priority Club Rewards' second Chinese airline partnership, after its first alliance was formed with national carrier Air China in September 2003.

THE WROTHAM PARK STATION, a working cattle property 200 miles west of Cairns on the banks of the Mitchell River in northern Queensland, will welcome its first guests on Sept. 6. Wrotham Park will accommodate a maximum of 20 guests in 10 rooms. Guest activities will include guided tours on horseback, cattle mustering, fishing for barramundi in the Mitchell River and evening flashlight tours. Meals will be served at a traditional homestead dining table. Rates at Wrotham Park will start at $570 per night, per person, double. Meals, beverages and activities are included. For more information, visit www.wrothampark.com.au.

HO CHI MINH'S 335-ROOM CARAVELLE HOTEL is commemorating its $2 million makeover with a discounted meeting package priced at $118 per night, per person. The Business in the Heart of Saigon package is valid until Nov. 30 for a minimum of eight customers. The package includes use of a function room; tea and coffee breaks with pastries and fruit; slide projector; television; video player; microphone and PA system; and pens and notepads.

A SUBSIDIARY OF CENDANT'S TRAVEL DISTRIBUTION SERVICES unit increased its presence in China by creating and taking a 40% interest in CYTS-Cendant Travel Services, a joint venture with China CYTS Tours Holding Co. The partnership with CYTS, one of China's largest travel agencies, with 350 stores and affiliates, will target inbound, outbound and intra-China travel with hotel, air and packages, Cendant said. The goal of the joint venture, said Cendant, is to create an "unrivaled travel services company" for China's leisure and business travel markets.

SAFARI OPERATOR CC AFRICA, based in Johannesburg, South Africa, entered a joint venture with India's Taj Hotels to operate wildlife safaris in India using Taj safari lodges. Two of the properties are scheduled to open by October 2005, with three more opening a year later. Long-term, the joint venture will open as many as 20 lodges across India.

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