Travel Weeklys Asia-Pacific E-letter: June 22, 2006

CRYSTAL CRUISES will return to Asia in 2007 for the first time in two years, offering four itineraries in the region, including its first-ever cruise from Singapore to Dubai, plus increased overnight stays and extended land programs. From March through May 2007, the Crystal Symphony will offer two 14-day trips exploring China, one 11-day cruise to Vietnam and a new 16-day Singapore to Dubai itinerary that includes three days in Myanmar. Next year will mark Crystals 10th season in Asia, and the Crystal Symphony will visit 17 cities in nine countries, including a maiden call at Chan May, Vietnam. The ships first two cruises will include a complimentary three-night pre- or post-cruise land program in Beijing. Rates will start at $4,295 per person, double. For information or reservations, call (888) 799-4625 or visit

ACCOR HOTELS ASIA PACIFIC said it will open three Ibis properties in Indonesia during the next two years, bringing the total number of Ibis properties in Indonesia to 12. Indonesia is the country where, Ibis, Accors economy brand, was launched in Asia 10 years ago. Accor said it will open the 160-room Ibis Cawang in Jakarta, and the 180-room Ibis Semarang and 130-room Ibis Solo in Central Java. All three properties will feature business facilities, restaurants and fitness centers. For information or reservations, visit

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL said it will add a fifth hotel in Indonesia in 2008 under a management agreement with PT Kurnia Tetap Mulia. The 268-room Medan Marriott Hotel will be located in Medan, Indonesias third-largest city. It will be the first internationally-branded, five-star property in the city. The hotel will feature three restaurants, an outdoor swimming pool, a fitness center and spa, a business center and large meetings and conference facilities. Marriott Internationals hotel portfolio in Indonesia includes the JW Marriott in Jakarta and the JW Marriott Surabaya; under construction are The Mayflower, Marriott Executive Apartments in Jakarta, and the Renaissance Bali Resort & Spa, both scheduled to open in 2007. For information, visit

MARCO POLO HOTELS said it will manage two new properties in China, the 375-room Marco Polo Wuhan in Hubei (opening in 2007) and the 425-room Marco Polo Chengdu in Sichuan (opening in 2009). Developed and owned by Wharf Estates China, the two hotels will be part of mixed-use facilities that will include residential towers and retail outlets. For information, visit

SPECIAL NOTE: Beginning in July, the Asia Pacific E-letter will be published once a month, on the first Thursday of each month, beginning with the July 6 edition.

Asia-Pacific Editor:

Jorge Sidron

Phone: (973) 898-0011

[email protected]

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