Travel Weekly's Asia-Pacific E-letter: December 1, 2005

NORTHWEST PASSAGE, an adventure tour operator based in Wilmette, Ill., is offering a multi-sport adventure program to New Zealand. The multiple styles of locomotion include bicycling, rafting and walking. The itinerary includes several days cycling through farmlands, rainforests, along coastlines and over mountain passes; rafting on rapids rolling through canyons; and hiking among snow-peaked mountains. The 11-night itinerary departs Feb. 6 and 20. The land cost is $3,795 per person, double occupancy; commission is 10%. For information, call (800) 732-7328.

RITZ TOURS is offering an early bird booking bonus of $100 on its eight-night China Discovery package on bookings made by Dec. 31. The air-inclusive price is $1,499 per person, double occupancy, out of Los Angeles or San Francisco; from New York (Kennedy), the price starts at $1,649 per person, double occupancy. The tour is designed as an introductory program including the must-see attractions in Beijing, Xian and Shanghai, including the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City/ the Terra Cotta Warriors and Shanghais Bund. Departures are available from March through November 2006. For more information or to book, call (800) 900-2446 or visit www.ritztours.com.

THE TIBET TOURISM BUREAUS Shanghai Office and Shanghai Odyssey Travel are working on an online booking system for tours to Tibet. The proposed system will enable domestic and foreign travelers to book trips online. The first phase will be completed in March 2006 with the system fully operational by the time a new rail line is put into operation between Qinghai and Lhasa in summer 2006. For information, see www.tibet-tour.com or e-mail [email protected].

AIR TAHITI NUI is targeting the family travel market by offering reduced fares for passengers 17 years and younger on some nonstop flights from Los Angeles or New York through April 2006. With each adult ticket purchased by Dec. 15, one accompanying child can fly for $197 roundtrip. The offer applies to Los Angeles departures on Dec. 31 and returns by Jan. 9. The offer also is available to travelers departing New York (Kennedy) on any flight through Dec. 12, and from Jan. 10 to April 30. For more information, call (877) 824-4846 or click on www.airtahitinui-usa.com.

MEANWHILE, SWAIN TAHITI TOURS is offering a six-night family vacation package in Tahiti that includes accommodations for two adults and two children under 15. The price is $4,099 per family of four, including four roundtrip flights from New York (Kennedy) on Air Tahiti Nui, six nights accommodations at the Radisson Plaza Resort Tahiti and airport transfers. Airline fuel surcharges and $65 per person taxes will be added. A holiday travel surcharge will also be added to packages for travel between Dec. 12 and Jan. 10. The package is available through April 30. For information or to book, call (800) 22SWAIN or visit www.swaintours.com.

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