Hotels, airlines lead regional plans

From hotels to airlines, the following is a roundup of news and notes from throughout the region:

• The Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa offers cruise packages on its new, three-level, 128-foot catamaran.

The boat, which features 10 staterooms and one suite, takes no more than 22 guests to remote islands in the Maldives on three-, four- and seven-night itineraries.

The seven-night program includes accommodations in a 215-square-foot stateroom, fresh fruit upon arrival, meals and hot beverages, scuba diving (two dives per day; certificates and log books must be presented) and other recreational activities, and airport transfers.

Through August, the seven-night package is available at $2,720 per person in a stateroom and $5,240 per person in the Explorer Suite. Both rates are based on double occupancy.

For more information, call (960) 444-888 or visit www.fourseasons.com/maldives.

• Business travel that keeps people from home for long periods has been made easier in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

The Pan Pacific Glenmarie Kuala Lumpur is offering access to two golf courses, Asian and Western menu selections as well as recreational and business facilities.

Valid through Dec. 31, long-term rates include American breakfast for one, a weekly fruit platter, a daily newspaper and use of the sauna, Jacuzzi and gym.

Guests who charge hotel purchases and services receive 10% off food and beverages and 20% off dry cleaning. Rates for a deluxe room begin at about $44 per night for 15 to 30 days, and drop to about $42 per night for 30 days or more.

For a minimum of 14 consecutive days on the exclusive Pacific Floor, the rate for a single room is about $66 per night; a double room is about $76.

Rates are commissionable to travel agents at 10%. For details, call (800) 327-8585 or visit www.panpacific.com.

• Meanwhile, Pan Pacific also has spruced up its Web site, with tips for new activities in most of its hotel locations.

"Things You (May) Have Never Done Before in ..." lists new activity possibilities at 13 of the firm's 18 properties in a variety of Asia/Pacific destinations.

In Palau, for instance, visitors are encouraged to plant giant clams at Palau Pacific Resort's beachfront, dive with sharks or try fruit bat soup and mangrove crab.

• China Southern Airlines signed a cooperative marketing agreement with Sichuan Airlines, allowing China Southern frequent flyers to "earn and burn" miles on any Sichuan Airlines flight through the summer and fall travel seasons.

Future plans include working together on flight ticketing and sales of multiple class seats.

In other news at China Southern, the carrier increased its flight schedule to more than 3,000 weekly flights for 2003.

Changes include increased Guangzhou (China)-Beijing-Amsterdam service from two to four flights per week and boosted service to four flights weekly between Guangzhou and Phnom Penh, Cambodia, and five times weekly between Guangzhou and Jakarta, Indonesia.

Transpacific service between Guangzhou and Los Angeles will be reduced from five to four times per week, and service between Guilin, China, and Seoul, South Korea, will be canceled.

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