INTERCONTINENTAL HOTELS GROUP signed an
agreement with Today Hotels Pvt. Ltd. to manage the first Crowne
Plaza hotel in India: the 234-room Crowne Plaza Gurgaon New Delhi.
Set to open in the last quarter of this year, the hotel will be
situated in the heart of Leisure Valley, the new city center of
Gurgaon. The hotel will be marketed primarily to business travelers
with extensive meetings and conference space, rooms with the latest
technology and work areas, three restaurants and a fitness center.
MEANWHILE, InterContinental Hotels Group
also signed four new contracts to manage hotels in China, adding
1,400 rooms to its inventory. The contracts include one Holiday Inn
property in Xian, two Express by Holiday Inn hotels in Shanghai and
an InterContinental hotel in Nanjing, expected to be one of the
worlds tallest hotels. Shanghai Greenland Group, a major real
estate and property management company in China, owns all the
hotels. The hotels are scheduled to open between late 2006 and
COUNTRY INTNENATIONAL launched the Australian Bush and
Beach Walk program, a six night itinerary in the region of Noosa in
southeast Queensland. The trip includes six days of guided walking,
six nights at the King Fisher Bay Resort and the Bellbird Lifestyle
Retreat, a visit to Frasier Island and a trip to Rainbow Beach,
among other activities. Trips are set for June 4; July 23; Aug. 6;
Sept. 10; Oct. 22 and Nov. 5. The price is $1,900 per person,
double, including meals, ferry fees and national park entry fees.
Cross Country describes the difficulty of the walking portion of
the trip as moderate, with some hills and rocky paths. For
information or reservations, call (800) 828-8768 or visit www.walkingvacations.com.
TO CUSTOMER DEMAND, Gutsy Women Travel launched a 16-day
China and Yangtze River cruise-tour program. The tour combines city
stays with a cruise along the Yangtze River aboard the Victoria
Star. Cities that will be visited are Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai,
Xian and Guilin. Departure dates are June 13 and Sept. 19. The
price, based on departure from Los Angeles, starts at $3,469 per
person, double, including intra-China flights, hotel
accommodations, a five-day cruise and most meals. For information
or reservations, call (866) IMGUTSY or visit www.gutsywomentravel.com.
CORP. will enter the Asia market in July under its Costa
Cruises subsidiary. Plans call for the 1,000-passenger Costa
Allegra to operate five-day cruises from Shanghai with stops in
Nagasaki, Japan, and Cheju, Korea. The first voyage is set for July
3. As part of the plan, the Allegra, built in 1992, will be
renovated for about $14 million. Renovations will include a new
spa, and a noodle and sushi bar.