Travel Weekly's Asia-Pacific E-letter: August 8,2005

THE BEIJING TRAVEL and Tourism Market (BITTM) opened a new office in China. The office, in the Xu Hui district of Shanghai, will place the company closer to its market in preparation for the second BITTM trade show event, scheduled April 3 to 5, 2006 and projected to be significantly larger than it was its first year. The trade show is a business-to-business event organized for travel sellers interested in participating in Chinas blossoming outbound travel market. For more information see the BITTM homepage at www.bittm.com, or e-mail [email protected], or call eTurbo Communication at (310) 394-7650.

THE TAIWAN TOURISM Bureau is offering free half-day tours of Taiwan to travelers waiting for connections at the Chiang Kai-shek International Airport in Taiwans capital city of Taipei. Two different tours are offered, one in the morning from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., which tours Taipei, and one from 1:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., which visits Yingge, a small town known for its ceramics and pottery. For information, contact the Chiang Kai-shek International Airport Tourist Service Center in Taiwan at 886-3-398-2194. In New York, contact the Taiwan Tourism Bureau at (212) 867-1632, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.taiwan.net.tw or www.go2taiwan.net.

LE MERIDIEN Hotels & Resorts opened its first resort in Nepal, the Le Meridien Kathmandu, Gokarna Forest Golf Resort & Spa. The resort is located in the Gokama Forest, but also within the city limits of Kathmandu, Nepals capital. Its also only a few minutes drive from the Tribhuvan International Airport. The hotel has 38 deluxe rooms, one suite and 16 cottages. It also has a spa, which offers ayurvedic treatments, massage and beauty treatments, an indoor pool, sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi, gym and an 18-hole golf course. Introductory rates are $45 per room per night, including airport transfers and breakfast. For more information, call (800) 543-4300.

THREE NEW HOTELS have opened in Palau, a 400-island archipelago in Micronesia. The Palau Plantation Resort is located in the city of Koror. It features six wood and bamboo bungalows as well as a larger building that houses its offices, operations and suites. The bungalows have bamboo beds, marble bathrooms, Jacuzzi-style bathtubs, air conditioning, cable TV and VCR, kitchenette and minibar. Rates start at $150 per room, per night. For information, call in Palau (011) 680-488-3631, e-mail [email protected] or visit www.palau-resort.com.

ALSO NEW IN PALAU is the Palau Royal Resort, a five-star property on Malakal Island operated by Nikko Hotels International. Its 158 rooms feature balconies, minibars, air conditioning and ceiling fans. Rates start at $200 a night based on single occupancy. For information, call (011) 680-488-8877, e-mail [email protected], or visit www.palau-royal-resort.com. A new hotel on Meyuns Island is the Rose Garden Resort, with 10 cottages and 24 rooms with balconies. Rates start at $120 per room plus $25 per additional person. For information call (011) 680-488-7671, e-mail [email protected] or see www.visit-palau.com.

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