Travel Weeklys Asia-Pacific E-letter: Oct. 4, 2004

JETSTAR ASIA will be the name of the low-cost regional extension of Jetstar, the low-cost carrier launched by Qantas in the Australian domestic market in May. The name, livery and uniforms for the airline were unveiled Sept. 29. Jetstar Asia will be a partnership between Qantas, Temasek Holdings and Singapore businessmen Tony Chew and F.F. Wong. The airline will fly to popular tourist and business destinations within five hours of Singapore by the end of the year. Plans for Jetstar Asia call for the fleet to consist of four A320s by January 2005 and grow to more than 20 aircraft over the next three years.

ACCOR opened the 209-room Mercure Hotel Ginza on Oct. 1 in the heart of Tokyos retail and commercial district. The French-inspired hotel used to be an office building. Rooms offer the latest technology for business travelers, including high-speed Internet, dual-line phones and CD/DVD players. The Mercure Hotel Ginza is Accors second Mercure hotel in Japan -- the Mercure Hotel Narita opened last year. Mercure is a large mid-market brand with some 750 hotels in 45 countries.

STARWOOD Hotels & Resorts said it was picked to manage the 327-room Sheraton Changsha Hotel in China. The property is scheduled to open in July 2007. The Sheraton Changsha Hotel will be located in Changshas central business district and will be part of a mixed-use complex that houses the hotel in one tower and condominiums in another. The hotel will feature four restaurants, a health club, a spa and an indoor swimming pool. It will also have more than 19,900 square feet of meetings and function space.

MALAYSIA AIRLINES began a fare sale from Los Angeles and Newark to Malaysia. Roundtrip fares start at $599 from Los Angeles or Newark to Kuala Lumpur. Tickets must be purchased by Oct. 16 for travel from Oct. 1 to Nov. 22 and Jan.16 to March 31.

SHANGRI-LA Hotels and Resorts agreed to manage a new deluxe hotel in Dongguan, China, thats scheduled to open in mid 2007. Following previously announced openings in Shenzhen, Zhongshan and Guangzhou, the latest hotel will be the groups fourth property in Chinas Guangdong province. The hotel will feature 500 rooms with high-speed Internet access, satellite TV and Shangri-Las typical upscale amenities. Horizon Club rooms will provide butler service, express check-in and check-out, and a dedicated lounge serving daily breakfast and cocktails.


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