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 www.crystalcruises.com.
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 www.accorhotels.com.
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 www.marriott.com.
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 www.marcopolohotels.com.
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