Travel Weekly's Asia-Pacific E-letter: Jan. 17, 2005

STARWOOD HOTELS & RESORTS opened its first midprice property in China, the Four Points by Sheraton Shenzhen. The hotel is part of the Cafu Square development, a mixed-use complex consisting of residential apartments and a multistory retail mall scheduled for completion in 2005. The hotel has 278 rooms, including 21 suites. The suites are furnished with the brand's signature Four Points by Sheraton Four Comfort Bed, three telephones with dual lines and high-speed Internet access. The property also has an outdoor pool and a fitness center.

RAFFLES INTERNATIONAL signed on to manage a new hotel development in Shanghai slated for opening in 2007. The Swissotel Grand Shanghai, a 478-room hotel, is Raffles' first property in Shanghai.

CENTRAL HOTELS & RESORTS took over management of the 500-room Duangtawan Hotel Chiang Mai, rebranding the property as the Central Duangtawan Hotel, Chiang Mai. The hotel is located in the heart of downtown Chiang Mai, 10 minutes from Chiang Mai Airport. Central Hotels plans to renovate the property.

PAN PACIFIC HOTELS AND RESORTS is offering members of Singapore Airlines' frequent-flyer program up to 40% off published, deluxe room rates for weekend stays from now until March 31 for 17 hotels in 11 countries throughout Asia and North America. In addition, frequent-flyer members will receive a complimentary bottle of wine, a 25% discount on food and beverage with every weekend stay and 500 miles. To qualify, members must mention the KrisFlyer Spring Getaway program when they book their weekend stay and present their membership card upon check-in.

LE MERIDIEN launched a triple-miles promotion with 12 airlines from now until the end of March. Guests staying a minimum of two consecutive nights at any participating Le Meridien hotel will receive triple frequent-flyer miles with Air France, American Airlines, Alitalia, Continental, Delta, Emirates, Gulf Air, Lufthansa, Qantas, South Africa Airways, Thai Airways and Virgin Atlantic. To receive the triple miles, guests need to register their frequent-flyer information on www.lemeridien.com/bonusmilesonce their reservation has been made.

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