Travel Weekly's Asia-Pacific E-letter: Nov. 15, 2004

FOUR SEASONS agreed to manage a new hotel in Beijing, China that is scheduled to open in mid-2006. When it opens, the Four Seasons Hotel Beijing will be the third Four Seasons hotel in China and Hong Kong. The Four Seasons Hotel Shanghai opened in 2002 and the Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong is scheduled to open next year. The Beijing property will be part of the Sunny Region Development, on Xiao Liang Ma Qiao Road in the Chao Yang District, across the street from the U.S. Embassy. The hotel will have 300 rooms built around a central atrium. It will have meeting and function space, three restaurants and a spa and fitness center.

CONRAD BALI RESORT and SPA: In an effort to familiarize travel agents with the property's new Jiwa Spa and boost agent sales, the Conrad Bali Resort and Spa is offering travel agents a rate of $48 per night, per room, from Nov. 21 to Dec. 21. The rate includes accommodation in a "deluxe garden" room, with an upgrade if available. It also includes use of the fitness center and use of the spa's facilities. Spa treatments are extra. For information or reservations, e-mail [email protected] or call (011) 62-361 778788.

CATHAY PACIFIC said it will launch daily service between Hong Kong and Beijing on Dec. 1 as part of its push to position Hong Kong as the key gateway to the mainland. The switch to daily service will come a year after the airline resumed service to Beijing with three weekly flights from Hong Kong in December 2003 after a 13-year absence. Cathay also said it has been granted rights to operate a second daily flight to Beijing for summer 2005.

AMERICAN AIRLINES is selling amenity kits in coach on flights between the U.S. and Tokyo in November and December. The kits also will be sold at select Admirals Club locations, including Los Angeles, San Jose, Seattle, Chicago, Boston and New York (Kennedy). Flight attendants will sell the amenity kits for $5. Each kit contains a pair of socks, eyeshades, earplugs, toothbrush and toothpaste. If the 60-day test run is successful, American said it will consider selling the amenity kits in other long-haul markets and Admirals Club locations.

INTERCONTINENTAL SYDNEY unveiled the Club Lounge, a rooftop lounge with panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and the Harbour Bridge. The lounge, which features a wraparound deck, was the final piece in the hotel's $30 million refurbishment, which included the renovation of its 509 rooms. The Club Lounge has couches with seating for 100 guests and an entertainment room with a plasma-screen television and DVD library. The lounge is for the exclusive use of Club InterContinental guests.


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