China briefs: World Expo 2010 in Shanghai expecting 70 million visitors

World Expo 2010 kicked off in downtown Shanghai on the Huangpu River waterfront on May 1. With 192 countries and 50 international organizations participating, it is the largest World Expo ever.

The event, which runs through Oct. 31, is expected to welcome 70 million visitors in all, including an estimated 3.5 million from outside of China.

Peregrine Travel Group is the exclusive distributor of Expo tickets in the U.S. Travel agents can buy tickets online at www.worldexpochina.net. For more information, contact Peregrine at (925) 984-4984.

Expo rate at Eaton

The Eaton Luxe, Nanqiao, Shanghai is offering a World Expo nightly rate of 680 yuan, or about $100, through Aug. 31.

The price includes breakfast for two, Internet access, welcome drinks and discounts on hotel services such as dining and laundry.

The first upscale property from Eaton Hotels International, the 204-unit Eaton Luxe, Nanqiao is located in Shanghai's new southern business district.

Suites and rooms feature workstations with full connectivity and entertainment centers with flat-screen TVs, DVD players and iPod docking stations.

Hotel facilities include meetings rooms, a business center, an executive club, a fitness center, a bar and two restaurants. Visit www.eatonhotels.com/nanqiao.  

Cathay Pacific ups L.A. service

Cathay Pacific Airways, which will mark 20 years of nonstop service from Hong Kong to the U.S. on July 1, has introduced a third flight from Los Angeles to Hong Kong, the route it first flew two decades ago.

The new flights operate on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays. The additional services brings to 17 the number of Cathay Pacific flights each week between the cities.

The carrier operates Boeing 777-300ER jets equipped with first-, business- and economy-class cabins on L.A. routes. Visit www.cathaypacific.com/us.  

Laurels for Dragonair

In other Cathay Pacific Group news, regional subsidiary Dragonair, which offers flights to mainland China from Hong Kong, was recently voted world's best regional airline, a new category, in the annual World Airline Survey from London-based research organization Skytrax.

At a May 20 ceremony in Hamburg, Germany, Dragonair CEO James Tong said that "for a Hong Kong-grown airline to be named among the world's best is a matter of great pride." Dragonair, celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2010, has been named Best Airline-China for six consecutive years by Skytrax voters.

See www.dragonair.com.  

This report appeared in the June 7 issue of Travel Weekly.

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