CENTER is offering a 19-night bicycle adventure through
Tibet, including visits to Kathmandu, Lhasa and a base camp for the
northern face of Mount Everest. Its a trip for serious bicyclists
and explorers with a high level of physical fitness. Accommodations
are in the guests houses for 11 nights and hotels for eight nights.
The group size is minimum six, maximum 16, plus the tour leader,
driver and a Chinese guide. Departures are July 27 to Aug. 15 and
Sept. 7 to 26. The land price is $3,030 per person, double. Bike
rental is $320. Adventure Centers Web site is www.adventurecenter.com. Its reservations
line is (800) 228-8747.
RITZ TOURS expanded its series of Summer Saver
tours of China with a 12-night Affordable Yangtze program that is
priced from $1,699 per person, plus tax, double. The package
includes air from Los Angeles or San Francisco, hotel, sightseeing,
land transportation on air-conditioned motorcoaches, and a river
cruise on a Victoria Cruises vessel. The trip begins in Shanghai,
continues with a nine-day Yangtze cruise from Zhenjiang to
Chongqing. Then continues with a sightseeing tour of Beijing.
Departures are available on select dates in July, August and
September. Fares are available from other U.S. gateways. Call (800)
900-2446 or visit www.ritztours.com.
INDIA-BASED TAJ HOTELS is entering the Southeast
Asia market with its signing of a contract to manage the Rebak
Marina Resort in Langkawi, a cluster of 99 islands in the Andaman
Sea off the coast of Malaysia. The 106-room resort is on a 390-acre
island off the Langkawi mainland. Taj will rebrand the property as
a Taj premium leisure hotel, take over the operations and work with
the owners on a $5.26 million upgrade.
STARWOOD HOTELS & RESORTS WORLDWIDE signed an
agreement to manage the Sheraton Urumqi Hotel in Urumqi, China, the
capital of Xianjiang Province. The hotel is scheduled to open in
early 2007. It will have 410 guest rooms, 18,500 square feet of
meetings and function space, three restaurants, a health club and
spa, and an indoor swimming pool. The expansion brings Starwoods
China portfolio to 19 operating hotels and 14 under
AIR CHINA and CATHAY PACIFIC
AIRWAYS established frequent-flyer program reciprocity.
The partnership goes into effect in the third quarter of 2005.