HOTELS CO., operator of Taj Hotels, opened its newest
property, Blue Woolloomooloo Bay, Sydney. The five-year-old,
100-room property on the Finger Wharf was previously a W Hotel. The
opening represents Tajs first establishment in Australia. The
acquisition price was $27.1 million. Under its new ownership its
now one of the Leading Small Hotels of the World. The Taj chain now
comprises 73 hotels worldwide. For reservations, call (866)
969-1825 or visit www.tajhotels.com.
PACIFIC introduced a new All Asia Pass that enables its
bearer to travel to any of 18 Asian cities freely during a 21-day
period. The pass, valid through May 18 and from Aug. 21 through
Dec. 1, is priced at $1,499 per person; customers registered as
Cathay Pacific CyberTravelers are entitled to a $200 discount. All
bookings must be made through travel agents; commission is $100.
The pass includes roundtrip economy class air between New York
(Kennedy), San Francisco or Los Angeles and Hong Kong and unlimited
travel between Hong Kong and Bangkok; Colombo, Sri Lanka; Denpasar,
Bali; Fukuoka, Nagoya, Osaka and Sapporo, Japan; Jakarta and
Surabaya, Indonesia; Karachi, Pakistan; Kuala Lumpur and Penang,
Malaysia; Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam; Seoul, Korea; Singapore;
Taipei, Taiwan; and Tokyo. For more information, see www.cathaypacific.com/us.
TRAINS, based in Milton, Del., introduced a new train trip
in India called Heritage on Wheels. The program comes in a
three-night version that visits Jaipur, Bikaner, Deshnok, Gajner,
Nawalgarh, Mandawa, Ramaarh and Churu. The trip embarks every
Tuesday and Friday. A seven-night program also is available. It
starts every Sunday and Wednesday and travels from Delhi to Jaipur
by luxury air-conditioned SUV, then joins the three-night program.
The program is completed with an SUV trip from Jaipur, with an
overnight in Agra to see the Taj Mahal. The price per day is $300
for single occupancy, $200 for double occupancy and $150 for triple
occupancy. For more information call (877) 90-INDIA, e-mail [email protected] or cruise over to www.theluxurytrains.com.
TO THE PACIFIC ASIA TRAVEL ASSOCIATION, the number of
Koreans traveling abroad surpassed the 10 million mark in 2005 for
the first time, a 14.2% jump from the year before. Asia was the
most popular destination for Koreans, accounting for 72.6% of the
travel. The Americas were next with 8.1%; Europe clocked in with
5.8%; and the Pacific at 4.5%. Koreas inbound tourism also is on
the rise with 6 million arrivals in 2005, up 3.5% from 2004 and a
record. For more information, log on to www.pata.org.