Travel Weeklys Asia-Pacific E-letter: Feb. 14, 2005

NEWMANS SOUTH PACIFIC VACATIONS initiated a new loyalty program for travel agencies based on productivity at the end of 2005. Agencies selling $30,000 to $59,000 will receive one economy class ticket to New Zealand. Those selling $60,000 to $89,000 earn an economy class ticket to New Zealand, Fiji, Tahiti or Cook Islands and a three-star hotel package for five nights. Higher productivity earns more, including higher-end accommodations, cruises and sightseeing tours. For more information, see Newmans Web site at www.newmansvacations.com and click the travel agents button.

A&A HOLIDAYS of Chicago is offering an Ultimate Australia package that includes hotel stays in three-star hotels in Sydney, Melbourne, Alice Springs, Ayers Rock, Cairns and the Gold Coast. Its a 16-night package that is priced $3,581 per person, double occupancy. The package includes city tours at each of the stops, as well as entrances to theme parks, a wine tasting, a rainforest tour, a national park tour, swimming and snorkeling. Packages are commissionable at 12%. For information call (800) 611-7783 or e-mail [email protected].

AIR TAHITI NUI plans to begin nonstop service between New York (Kennedy) and Papeete beginning July 4. Passengers who wish to continue to Sydney, Australia, can stay on the same flight. Air Tahiti Nui is promoting the service as the first nonstop from New York to the South Pacific.

THE WESTIN RESORT in the Nusa Dua enclave in southern Bali launched a series of 14 spa products, including body lotion, massage oil, shower gel, foot tonic, bath salt, body splash and hair tonic -- exclusively for the Westin Spa. The hotels five-room spa offers a variety of massages, body scrubs, facials, foot and hand care, waxing and hair services. The treatments are offered in combinations, such as the Warming Elixir Ritual, which includes a foot bath; a full-body Balinese massage; a body wrap made of active volcanic clay, herbs and spices; a ginger body wash; and a flower bath. The treatment is followed by a serving of warm lemon tea in the Westin Spa lounge to ease re-entry into the real world. For more information, log onto www.starwood.com or www.westin.com.

The VOMO ISLAND RESORT in Fiji reopened after a refurbishment. The refurbishment elevated the property into the ranks of Accors five-star Sofitel network. The renovations included a new poolside bar, new beach bures, pool and restaurant refurbishment and new furnishings and fittings for all the villas. Each villa now includes an enclosed veranda, a separate living room area, a private bedroom, a dressing area, a Jacuzzi, a separate shower and a private garden. The resort sits on 225 acres of white-sand beaches and lagoons, tropical gardens, coconut groves and coral reefs. For more information, see www.vomofiji.com.

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