Travel Weeklys Asia-Pacific E-letter: March 30, 2006

SOUTH KOREAS IMPERIAL PALACE HOTELS said it agreed to build a hotel in the Philippines, becoming the first South Korean hotel chain to build a property outside the country. The agreement with Manilas BXT Corp. calls for the construction of a 668-room hotel on Mactan Island in the central part of the Philippines by October 2007. The South Korean hotel company will manage the 15-story hotel, which will be built by BXT Corp. Imperial Palace officials said the agreement to expand outside South Korea is part of a long-term plan to internationalize the brand.

 

PACIFIC DELIGHT WORLD TOURS partnered with Victoria Cruises to offer a 17-night Majestic China and Yangtze River Gold Experience package priced from $6,593 per person, double. The package includes an upstream cruise between Yichang and Chonqing and hotel accommodations in Beijing (Grand Hyatt), Shanghai (St. Regis Hotel), Xian (Sofitel Hotel), Guilin (Sheraton Guilin) and Hong Kong (InterContinental Hong Kong). Included is roundtrip air from Los Angeles, flights within China, a five-day Yangtze River cruise with Victoria Cruises in a junior suite with a balcony and most meals. For information or reservations, call (800) 221-7179 or visit www.pacificdelighttours.com.

SHANGRI-LA HOTELS AND RESORTS and jet charter operator Skyjet International joined forces to offer packages for leisure and business customers at the Island Shangri-La Hotel in Hong Kong. The partnership is a first between a private jet operator and a hotel in Asia, according to Skyjet and Shangri-La. Packages are the Two Exclusive, a three-night getaway for leisure customers and Sky Summit, a three-night program for business clients. Packages include travel in a Bombardier jet, airport transfers in a Rolls Royce, suite accommodations, a chauffeured tour of Hong Kong and private dinner at the hotel, among other things. For prices or information, call Island Shangri-Las Sky Ambassador at (852) 2820-8314 or e-mail [email protected].

QANTAS AIRWAYS has discounted its popular Aussie AirPass, with fares starting at $999 roundtrip from Los Angeles or San Francisco. The sale is available for purchase through April 13 and is valid for travel from April 1 to June 30. The AirPass includes roundtrip service between the U.S. and Australia in coach, plus a choice of four cities out of 20 participating destinations within Australia. Add-on fares are available from many U.S. cities, including Boston; Chicago; Denver; Dallas; Las Vegas; Miami; Newark; New York; Phoenix; Portland, Ore.; San Diego; San Jose, Calif.; St. Louis; Seattle; and Washington. For information or to book, call (800) 227-4691 or visit www.qantas.com/us.

AMERICAN AIRLINES will begin daily nonstop service between Chicago and Shanghai on April 2. The flights will depart Chicago at 11:05 a.m. and arrive at Shanghais Pu Dong Airport at 2:15 p.m. the following day, local time. On the return, flights depart Shanghai at 4:25 p.m., arriving in Chicago at 5 p.m. of the same day, local time. American will use a Boeing 777-200 aircraft on the route. Through June, frequent flyer members on American can register at www.aa.com/aadvantage to earn an additional 15,000 miles for first- or business-class seats on the new route or 7,500 miles on certain economy fares.

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