Travel Weekly's Asia-Pacific E-letter: September 12,2005

THE AFRICAN TRAVEL ASSOCIATION and the Pacific Asia Travel Association plan to sign a memorandum of understanding at the Global Summit on Peace through Tourism, which will be held in Pattaya, Thailand, Oct. 2 to 5. The purpose of the memorandum is to create an Asia-Africa Bridge of Tourism, Peace and Collaboration and will outline common goals of the two associations. The agreement is designed to further the goals of the Asia-Africa New Strategic Partnership Declaration forged at the Asia-Africa Summit held in Jakarta, Indonesia, in April, in which leaders of 106 countries agreed to work in a spirit of unity, friendship and cooperation as a foundation for Asian and African nations to develop better relations and address global issues of common concern.

THE JAPAN NATIONAL TOURIST ORGANIZATION launched a Web site that can be used by travel agents to book travel to Japan. The site is for travel agents only, who must register and create a password for entry to the site. The site is operated by Kintetsu, a large Japanese travel agency and ground operator. The JNTO said the site offers prices on hotels and air that are low enough to mark up as net rates, but the company also pays commissions. See https://www.fly2japan.com/ki_ec/ki_ec/index.php. To reach the JNTO, call (212) 757-5641.

TAUCK WORLD DISCOVERYS Portrait of India tour features a meeting with cookbook author and Kerala chef Nimmy Paul. Tauck guests will visit Paul at her home in Kerala, where she will conduct a hands-on cooking demonstration of a traditional Kerala dinner. After the demonstration, guests eat what they prepare. Paul is the author of Kitchens of Kerala and a teacher of Kerala-style cooking. Contact Tauck at (800) 214-5158 or visit www.tauck.com.

THE TAIWAN TOURISM BUREAU is conducting a Discover Taiwan contest. The bureau is giving away 10 trips for two to Taiwan. The trips are seven-day trips for two that include roundtrip, economy flights to Taipei from Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Newark or Vancouver. The contest runs Sept. 1 to 30. To participate, log onto bureaus Web site and answer five questions about Taiwan. The answers to the questions can be found on the site. Each person who answers the questions correctly is entered into a drawing, which will be conducted Oct. 14. Winners will be posted on the Web site, and also notified by e-mail and mail. To participate, visit www.go2taiwan.net.  

PACIFIC DELIGHT World Tours introduced a tour of India called Golden Triangle Passage. The itinerary concentrates on Indias most famous sights. In Delhi, sightseeing includes the Chandni Chowk market, the Red Fort, the India Gate, Parliament House and the Mahatma Gandhi memorial. In Agra, the tour includes the Taj Mahal, a Muslim temple and a monument created by Emperor Shan Jehan in memory of his queen. The third point of the triangle is Jaipur, the capital of Rajasthan. The seven-night package is priced from $2,119 to $2,659 per person, double, including roundtrip air from New York to Delhi. Visit www.pacificdelighttours.com or call (800) 221-7179.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Beginning next week, the Travel Weekly's Asia Pacific E-letter will be delivered on Thursdays instead of Mondays. The first Thursday issue will be the Sept. 22 issue.

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