Travel Weeklys Asia-Pacific E-letter: March 23, 2006

CASINO OPERATOR LAS VEGAS SANDS CORP. said it signed an agreement with Hilton Hotels Corp. to build a 1,200-room Hilton-branded hotel and a 300-room Conrad-branded hotel on the Chinese island of Macau. The hotels will be developed as part of Las Vegas Sands Cotai Strip project, a Las Vegas Strip-style development that will include retail, entertainment and casino gaming facilities. The two companies entered into a nonbinding agreement, with a final deal expected before the end of second-quarter 2006, Las Vegas Sands said in a statement. Hilton will operate the hotels. Las Vegas Sands has inked deals with other hotel operators for its Macau project, including Starwood Hotels & Resorts for a 1,200-room Sheraton and a 300-room St. Regis; a Shangri-La hotel; a Four Seasons Hotel, and a Traders hotel. Already under construction is the Venetian Macao.

EXOTIC JOURNEYS in Chicago is offering 12% base commission on all fixed-departure air-inclusive group tours to Asia. In addition, the operator is offering 16% commission when agents book a group of at least 10 on the same departure. Details are available in the operators new brochure detailing more than 60 itineraries to India, Nepal, Tibet, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Myanmar and Korea. For information or reservations, visit www.exoticjourneys.com or call (800) 554-6342.

 

TAIWAN AIRLINE EVA AIR is offering members of its Evergreen Club a chance to win a million points. Through June 15, members who book one of the airlines Super First, Super Business or Premium Laurel seats will be entered in a drawing to win the points. One winner will be chosen on April 20, May 20 and June 20. Awards can be redeemed for EVA tickets and stays at Evergreen Laurel Hotels. For information, visit www.evaair.com.

THE MANDARIN ORIENTAL HOTEL, TOKYO launched a package for business travelers that includes a choice of amenities and benefits. The package is priced from $424 per night, single occupancy, including continental breakfast and the choice between free dry cleaning of a two-piece suit and one shirt or blouse or use of the hotels spa for each nights stay. For information, visit www.mandarinoriental.com/hotel/558000337.asp.

BRITISH ADVERTISING REGULATORS lifted a television ban last week on Australias latest tourism campaign. The TV portion of Australias Where the bloody hell are you? campaign was pulled two weeks ago after British broadcast authorities objected to the use of the word bloody. But publicity over the ban gave a big boost to the campaign and sparked a storm of ridicule in Britain; it will now be run in its entirety. The campaign was scheduled to kick off here during an episode of ABCs Lost on March 22. If you missed it, you can view the campaign at www.wherethebloodyhellareyou.com.

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