DISNEYLAND will open on Sept. 12,
earlier than previously expected, Disney officials said. The theme
park was originally expected to open later in 2005 or in early
2006. In keeping with local tradition, Disney officials consulted a
feng shui expert in picking the date. Feng shui is the Chinese art
of choosing dates and arranging the layout of objects to improve
fortunes. Ticket prices were also announced. Adults will be charged
$38 on weekends and public holidays, with a lower price on
weekdays. Children over 11 will pay adult prices. Officials expect
one-third of visitors will be local residents, one-third will come
from mainland China and the rest from Southeast Asia.
SHANGRI-LA Hotels and
Resorts said it will open a second hotel in Shenzhen, China, by the
end of 2007. The 596-room Shangri-La Futian, Shenzhen will be one
of 25 hotels Shangri-La plans to open worldwide by the end of 2007.
The Shangri-La Futian, Shenzhen will be located in the city's new
central business district, about 30 minutes by car from the
airport. The hotel will feature a seven-story, 99-room Horizon Club
with amenities that include express check-in and checkout, daily
breakfast and daily cocktails. Among the hotel's meetings and
banquet facilities will be a 21,528-square-foot grand ballroom and
a 3,000-square-foot auditorium. The hotel will feature Shangri-La's
Chi spa and fitness center.
PHUKET: Know someone with
$180,000 to burn on a vacation? If so, the Banyan Tree Phuket in
Thailand has just the ticket. The resort launched a $60,000-a-night
"Out of This World" package for those interested in renting out the
resort's 14 Spa Pool Villas. The package is valid through Dec. 21,
2005, requires a three-night minimum stay and a minimum six-month
advance booking. Among other things, the package includes use of a
private yacht with meals and water toys, unlimited spa treatments,
customized meals, use of a chauffeured limousine and a personal
yoga instructor. Oh yeah, and you get a daily fruit basket. The
resort's villas have private pools, private entrances and security
and a dedicated lobby and reception area. For information or to
book, call (805) 499-9101 or e-mail, [email protected].
TOURS launched the China Tri-City
Adventure package, with prices starting at $999 per person, double.
The 10-day package includes accommodations in Guangzhou, Beijing
and Hong Kong, sightseeing with tour guides, meals and
entertainment. The package includes roundtrip air from Los Angeles
(China Southern from L.A. to Guangzhou and Cathay Pacific on the
return flight) and air between cities in China. Departure dates are
available from Los Angeles every Sunday between Jan. 2 and March
20. Add-on airfares are available. For information or reservations,
call (800) 900-2446 or visit www.ritztours.com.
27/4: The Landmark Hotel in
Bangkok introduced a "24/7" package that allows guests to check in
anytime. The package is available seven days a week until Dec. 31,
2005. Rates start at $140 for a superior room and $155 for a deluxe
room, including a choice of free breakfast or lunch, cocktail hour
and complimentary use of meeting rooms for two hours.