Travel Weeklys Asia-Pacific E-letter: June 29, 2006

CHINA SOUTHERN AIRLINES expanded one of its keystone routes -- Los Angeles to Guangzhou, China -- to daily service aboard Boeing 777 planes. China Southern currently operates the only nonstop Boeing 777 service between the two cities. The route, operated by China Southern for the past eight years, is operated under a code-share agreement with Delta, allowing for connections from seven major U.S. cities. For information or reservations, visit


AIR TAHITI NUI was named Best Airline -- Pacific Region for the fourth year in a row by the Skytrax World Airline Survey. Described as the worlds largest independent airline poll, the survey also rewarded Air Tahiti Nui with the accolade Best Cabin Staff -- Australia/Pacific for the fourth year in a row, outranking Qantas and Air New Zealand. Skytrax surveys measure some 35 different aspects of passenger satisfaction of an airlines product. Results for the 2006 awards were tabulated from surveys of 13.6 million leisure and business airline passengers. Air Tahiti Nui operates on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from New Yorks Kennedy Airport and daily from Los Angeles to Papeete, Tahiti. Visit, for schedule and fare information; for full results of the Skytrax survey, visit

HONG KONG-BASED PENINSULA HOTELS tapped Tangerine Global, based in Marina del Rey, Calif., to install high-definition television service in its hotels, including its properties throughout Asia. Under the agreement, HDTV service will be installed by this summer at properties like the Peninsula Hong Kong, the Peninsula Bangkok, the Peninsula Palace Beijing and the Peninsula Manila. The service will be available at the Peninsula Tokyo when it debuts in 2007.

MARCO POLO HOTELS appointed Malcolm McLauchlan as general manager of the soon-to-open Marco Polo Parkside Hotel in north Beijing. McLauchlan joins Marco Polo Hotels after assignments at several luxury properties in Asia, including positions in Manila, the Philippines; Singapore; and Guangzhou, China. Close to the Beijing National Main Stadium, the 313-room Marco Polo Parkside is scheduled to open in December. It will feature several food and beverage outlets, including Chinese and Korean restaurants; a fitness center and spa; and a business center. 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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