Travel Weekly's Asia-Pacific E-letter: Dec. 6, 2004

KOREAN AIR restored flights from Seoul, Korea to Taipei, Taiwan on Dec. 1, the first scheduled airline service between Korea and Taiwan in 12 years. Air links between the two cities had been cut off in 1992 after Seoul switched diplomatic recognition from Taipei to Beijing. Irregular chartered flights had been maintained, but growing demand in recent years brought about a resumption of the flights. Korean Air is operating the service once a day aboard a 148-seat 737.

TAJ HOTELS, RESORTS and PALACES expanded into the Seychelles, an upscale leisure destination in the Indian Ocean, with the signing of a new management contract for Denis Island. Surrounded by white beaches and turquoise waters, Denis Island is a 375-acre private coral island. The island's lone resort was renamed Taj Denis Island, Seychelles.

INTERCONTINENTAL RESORT & SPA BORA BORA: Construction began on the Intercontinental Resort & Spa Bora Bora, which is scheduled to open in May 2006. Located near Motu Reef on the eastern fringe of Bora Bora's lagoon, the resort will feature 80 overwater villas. 

RENOVATION COMPLETE: The Oriental Singapore reopened its doors after an extensive renovation that involved the redesign of all 527 rooms and suites and an enhancement to all public areas, dining and meeting facilities. The rooms were equipped with wireless Internet connectivity, entertainment systems and a large work desk.

CHINA AIRLINES and CONNEXION BY BOEING signed an agreement to provide high-speed Internet service to passengers on China Airlines flights. The Internet service will be available first on the airline's 747-400 flights to and from New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Anchorage and Vancouver starting in June. The airline will charge $29.95 for use during the entire flight, or $9.95 for a half-hour and 25 cents for each additional minute. China Airlines plans to extend the service to other routes following an evaluation.


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