Travel Weeklys Asia-Pacific E-letter: February 16, 2006

PLEASANT HOLIDAYS added hotels to its Xian VIP Tours -- which should reduce costs by as much as $1,200 per person -- and is rewarding travel agents with a bonus of 1,000 Travel Reward Incentive Program (TRIP) points for booking the plan. Pleasant Holidays offers two VIP tours: a four-night, land-only Treasures of the Imperial Dynasties and a 12-night, air-inclusive version. The four-night version is priced from $1,909 per person, double, including accommodations in a five-star hotel, three days touring Xian and a Tang Dynasty dinner show. The 12-night, air-inclusive version is priced from $5,235 per person, double, and includes roundtrip air from Los Angeles, four nights in Xian, three nights in Beijing and Hong Kong and two nights in Shanghai. To book, call (800) 448-3333 or log onto www.pleasantagent.com.

TOKYO plans to open a Tokyo tourism promotion office in the U.S. by April, according to the citys vice governor who recently attended the U.S. on a promotional tour. Tokyo has not yet determined where the office will be located. The goal is to bring 6 million overseas visitors to Tokyo by 2010, double the annual arrivals of three years ago. Japan also intends to double its national arrival number, bringing it to 10 million by 2010.

RADISSON HOTELS & RESORTS is partnering with M/. Sahil Spa & Resorts to develop a hotel in Alibaug, India. The 150-room property, with a planned opening later this year, will be called the Radisson Resort & Spa Alibaug and will be managed by Carlson Hotels Worldwide. It will stand on 22 acres along the banks of Veshvi Lake at Gondhalpada. Facilities will include a pool; a health club and spa; two restaurants and a bar; and extensive conference facilities. For more information, visit www.carlsonhotelsasiapacific.com or www.radisson.com.

MANDARIN ORIENTAL will manage a resort on Hainan Island off the coast of China, set to open in the second half of this year. The resort, the Mandarin Oriental, Sanya, will be a few minutes drive from the islands capital Sanya, and a short drive from the Sanya International Airport. It will have 292 rooms; a spa; seven restaurants and bars; and a variety of banquet and conference facilities, including five conference rooms and a grand ballroom that can hold 300 people. For more information, see www.mandarin-oriental.com.

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