Travel Weekly's Asia-Pacific E-letter: September 29,2005

THE INTERNATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR PEACE THROUGH TOURISM (IIPT) will hold its Third Global Summit at the Royal Cliff Resort and Conference Center in Pattaya, Thailand, Oct. 2 to 5. The conference will continue the institutes inquiry into the interdependence of peace and tourism, but will focus especially on the effect of terrorism on tourism and vice versa. The IIPT chose the theme One Earth, One Family: Travel and Tourism -- Serving a Higher Purpose for the event. Organizers hope to come out of the function with a 21st Century Agenda for Peace through Tourism in hard copy. For more information, see www.iipt.org or call (802) 253-2658. 

CLIPPER CRUISE LINE introduced a number of new itineraries for 2006, including a 17-day voyage on the Clipper Odyssey in the South Pacific islands from New Caledonia to New Zealand. The cruise departs Nov. 9, 2006, timed to coincide with the Leonid meteor shower. An astronomer will be onboard to amplify the experience for guests. Cabin rates will start at $7,270 per person, double occupancy. Clipper also plans a 19-day South Pacific voyage called Stars of the Southern Hemisphere -- From the Fjords of New Zealand to Australias Great Barrier Reef. Also using the Clipper Odyssey, the trip will depart Feb. 22 and will include an astronomer and a marine biologist. The price starts at $8,390 per person, double occupancy. For information, call (800) 325-0010 or log onto www.clippercruise.com.

VICTORIA CRUISES is offering winter specials on its Yangtze River cruises with reduced prices.  The four-day downstream trip from Chongqing to Yichang is priced from $450 per person, double, including a standard cabin with meals, entertainment and onboard lectures. In addition, Victoria is offering its eight-day Chongqing-Yichang-Chongqing trip staring from $800 per person, double, with the same inclusions as the one-way trip. Bookings are commissionable at 10% for travel agents. The prices are valid for departures from December through mid-March. For information, call (800) 348-8084 or go to www.victoriacruises.com.

FOUR SEASONS HOTELS AND RESORTS opened its new Four Seasons Hotel Hong Kong. The waterfront property is one of four towers in the new International Financial Centre complex at the hub of the citys financial and shopping district, a 23-minute trip from the Chek Lap Kok Airport on Lantau Island. The complex also is adjacent to the Star Ferry, which traverses the harbor to the mainland. All 399 rooms are equipped with 42-inch plasma-screen TVs, rain showers, marble floors and floor-to-ceiling views of the harbor on one side or the skyline on the other. For information, see www.fourseasons.com; for bookings, call (800) 819-5053.

NONSTOP FLIGHTS from New York to (Kennedy) Papeete, Tahiti, on Air Tahiti Nui are priced at $324 each way if booked before Oct. 10. Thats more than 50% off the regular fare, which currently is $1,326 per person on flights between Oct. 27 and Dec. 12 and from Jan. 10 through March 31. Trips require a minimum three-day stay; the maximum stay is 12 days. The 12-hour nonstop flights depart JFK every Monday, Thursday and Saturday using Airbus A340-300 aircraft. For information, call (877) 824-4846 or visit www.airtahitinui-usa.com.

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