AIRLINES plans to begin daily, nonstop service between
Chicago and Delhi, India, on Nov. 15. The 7,500-mile route would be
Americans longest nonstop and its first to India. American said the
new service was made possible by two recent agreements: the April
2005 open-skies agreement between the U.S. and India and a recent
agreement with the pilots union to allow extended long-haul flying.
American also entered into a memorandum of understanding to
negotiate code-share and frequent-flyer agreements with Air Sahara,
which operates direct flights to 23 cities in India.
THE THREE CAMEL LODGE in the Gobi Desert in
Mongolia added 15 hand-made gers to its camp. The gers, traditional
Mongolian felt tents, are furnished with Western-style amenities,
including sink, toilet, king-size bed or twin beds and electricity
from solar panels. Showers are available in the main lodge. The 15
units bring the total to 45. The lodge, opened by Nomadic
Expeditions in 2002, stands in the shadows of the Gobi-Altai
Mountains. Available activities include hiking, camel trekking,
horseback riding, dinosaur-fossil digging and wildlife viewing.
Rates range from $175 to $300 per person per night, including meals
and sightseeing with an English-speaking guide. Call (800)
998-6634, (609) 860-9008 or visit www.threecamellodge.com.
THE METROPOLITAN BANGKOK, a sister hotel to
Londons Park Lane, is offering a Best Business Deal package for
$150 per person, per night. The package includes accommodations in
a deluxe Metropolitan Room, breakfast at one of the two signature
restaurants, Cyan or Glow, a welcome cocktail and a one-way airport
limousine transfer. Also included is high-speed Internet access;
use of the gym, hydro pools, steam rooms and swimming pool; daily
yoga and stretch classes; daily fruit platter; herbal teas; and
newspapers. The package is available through Aug. 31 and is valid
for a minimum of two nights. Its subject to a 10% service charge
and 7% value-added tax (VAT). The nightly rate is $165 for double
ISRAM WORLD published a 2005-2006 Jordan brochure
for the first time in three years. During those years, the Jordan
offerings were included in the companys other brochures. People
usually see Jordan as an extension of a trip to Egypt or Israel,
said Eileen Lowe Hart, Israms vice president of marketing and
product development. But its also a great destination on its own
and this brochure is an update of what is possible to do in Jordan.
The brochure includes the companys tried-and-true programs, such as
the Historic Journey Tour, a 12-night tour that combines Jordan
with Egypt and Israel. It also contains some new products, such as
Jordan in Depth, an eight-night exploration priced from $2,495 per
person, double, land only; and Amman, Petra and the Dead Sea, a
four-night package priced $1,180 per person, double, land only. For
more information, see www.isram.com.
PHUKET PAVILIONS, a luxury villa resort scheduled
to open in the Bang Tao Bay area of Phuket, Thailand, in September,
is offering a No Tan Lines special for its private pool villas.
Under the terms of the deal, customers can stay for three nights,
but only pay for two at a promotional rate of $350 per night. The
deal is valid through Oct. 31. Planned as the Pavilion Resorts
flagship property, the Phuket Pavilions will offer 21 one-bedroom
villas and nine three-bedroom villas, each with its own private
infinity pool over 30 feet long. For more information, see www.pavilions-resorts.com.