Travel Weeklys Asia-Pacific E-letter: April 27, 2006

ASIA PACIFIC TRAVEL, the Illinois-based tour operator specializing in luxury trips to the Asia-Pacific region, has been granted rights to bring American tourists to North Korea from Aug. 10 through mid-October. The dates coincide with the Grand Mass Gymnastic and Artistic Performance, or Arirang festival, featuring a cast of 100,000 performers doing synchronized gymnastics movements in a 150,000-seat stadium in Pyongyang. Performances are scheduled throughout this period. Land-only tour prices start at $4,199 per person, double. Tours include what the operator describes as first-class hotel accommodations; China and North Korea visas; guided sightseeing; motorcoach transportation; museum and attraction entrance fees; daily breakfast, seven lunches and eight dinners; and intra-Asia air fare between Beijing and Pyongyang via Air Koryo. For information or reservations, call (800) 262-6420 or visit www.northkorea1on1.com.

CRUISE WEST, the small ship cruise company based in Seattle, launched two new itineraries for 2007 that will visit Vietnam, mainland China, Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan aboard the Spirit of Oceanus. The Vietnam program is a 12-day trip that explores the nations capital and the cities of Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City, among other places. Departures are set for Nov. 18 and 26, 2007, with prices starting at $4,199 per person, double. The lines Treasures of the Orient itinerary starts in Osaka, Japan, and concludes in Hanoi, Vietnam. In between, the 14-day trip includes stops in Japan, South Korea, China and Hong Kong. The trip costs from $6,499 per person, double, and is scheduled to depart on Nov. 6, 2007. For information or reservations, call (800) 888-9378 or visit www.cruisewest.com.

TRAFALGAR said it is offering discounts amounting to as much as $250 per person on select Australia packages booked by June 30 for departures scheduled from June through October. A sample itinerary is Highlights of Australia, a 13-night tour that visits Melbourne, Alice Springs, Ayers Rock, Cairns and Sydney. With the $250 discount, air-inclusive prices from Los Angeles start at $5,040 per person. For information or reservations, call (800) 854-0103 or visit www.trafalgar.com.

JAPAN, HONG KONG AND CHINA escaped the 2004 tsunami, but some potential travelers arent so sure, a survey conducted by AC Nielsen for the Pacific Asia Travel Association and Visa International showed. The survey was conducted online last month among 5,600 potential travelers across 10 countries, including the U.S., the U.K. and Canada. About 18% of respondents identified several destinations untouched by the tsunami as still severely or somewhat affected. In addition to Japan, China and Hong Kong, other destinations falsely identified as being impacted by the tsunami included the Philippines, Vietnam and South Korea.

Asia-Pacific Editor:

Jorge Sidron

Phone: (973) 898-0011

[email protected]

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