KUALA LUMPUR, after a three-year absence from Malaysia, is
back in business in the capital at a new location. The hotel, which
was the first international hotel in Kuala Lumpur when it opened 30
years ago, is now adjacent to the KL Sentral Station. The hotel was
originally located at Jalan Sultan Ismail. In 2001, Hilton
International ended its management agreement with the hotels owners
to focus on building the new hotel.
STATION, a hotel on a property with working cattle on the
banks of the Mitchell River in northern Queensland, Australia,
welcomed its first guests on Sept. 6. Wrotham Park can accommodate
a maximum of 20 guests in 10 private guest quarters. The
accommodations, dining and living area, library and open bar
feature pioneer designs and furnishings. Guest activities include
guided tours on horseback, cattle mustering, fishing for
barramundi, evening spotlight tours and stargazing. Rates at
Wrotham Park start about $570 per person, per night, double,
including all meals, beverages and activities. Travelers get to
Wrotham Park Station via scheduled Skytrans air services from
Cairns, private charter or four-wheel-drive vehicle. For
information or reservations, call (800) 225 9849 or visit www.wrothampark.com.au.
AIRLINES said it will seek the Department of
Transportations permission to begin daily nonstop service between
Chicago and Shanghai, China, starting May 1, 2005. American would
use a 777 aircraft with three classes of service. From Shanghai,
American said it would offer connections to several Chinese cities
through its partnership with China Eastern Airlines, which is based
in Shanghai and is that citys largest carrier.
DELTA asked the DOT to grant it permission to fly daily
nonstop service between Atlanta and Beijing starting in 2006, also
aboard 777 aircraft. Not to be outdone in China, Continental
Airlines applied to begin two routes to China from its Newark, NJ
hub. Continental wants permission to inaugurate service to Beijing
in the spring of 2005 and to Shanghai in the spring of 2006.
Continental is proposing to operate daily flights, also with 777
aircraft. Continental already flies from Newark to Hong
HOTELS AND RESORTS named Ashley Hansen regional director
of sales for Asia. Hansen will be responsible for sales strategies
and initiatives for Southeast Asia and will oversee Le Meridiens
regional sales office in Singapore.