advance bookings on 2005 vacations, Ritz Tours is offering an Early
Bird Discount of up to $400 per couple ($200 per person) on all of
its China & Yangtze River Cruise and China, Hong Kong &
Asia travel itineraries.
The Early Bird
Discount is available on bookings made by Dec. 31 and at least 45
days in advance of the departure date.
The promotion is in
effect for all scheduled departure dates between March and
information, contact Ritz Tours at (800) 900-2446 or visit www.ritztours.com.
America, which operates Qantas Vacations, branched out this fall by
launching a Jetabout Asia Vacations program to China and several
Southeast Asian countries. It rolled out the initial brochure,
valid through March, during the ASTA World Travel Congress in Hong
Kong last month.
encompasses off-the-beaten-track sites and specialty hotels and is
designed for small groups and independent travelers.
For information or
to make reservations, call (800) 348-8150 or visit www.jetaboutasiavacations.com.
International will manage a 325-room hotel in Nanning, China, under
an agreement reached with Guangxi Eastern Real Estate Development
construction, the hotel is scheduled to open in 2006.
Marriott Hotel will be located in the eastern area of the city's
central business district, across from the Nanning Exhibition
Nanning is the
capital city of Guangxi province and is known as the Garden City.
Almost 40% of the city is covered by trees and gardens, and China's
largest botanical garden is located in Nanning.
Hotels and Resorts is joining SRS-World Hotels, effective Jan.
All 10 of the Amari
Hotels and Resorts, which are located in Bangkok, Chiang Mai,
Pattaya, Koh Chang, Koh Samui, Phuket and Trang will join the
properties were renovated to bring them in line with the company's
newer hotels, including the Amari Beach Resort Trang, which opened
late last year, and the Amari Emerald Cove Resort in Koh Chang,
which opened last month.
JAL Hotels Co.
agreed to operate the former Hotel Princess Kyoto as part of its
Nikko Hotels International brand.
The Hotel Princess
Kyoto was renamed the Hotel Nikko Princess Kyoto on Oct.
The hotel, which is
celebrating its 10th anniversary this year, has undergone an
extensive renovation that includes the lobby, restaurants and all
216 guest rooms. New facilities include a French restaurant, a spa
previously managed the hotel from its opening in April 1994 until
August 2002 under a management contract with the hotel's former
Japan Air Lines
said it will offer Good Sleep service for business- and first-class
passengers on some overnight flights between Japan and certain
Asian cities starting Nov. 1.
The service has
been tested on overnight flights from Singapore to Japan since
Sept. 1. Good Sleep includes dimmed cabin lighting and Do Not
the cards will not be woken until 30 minutes before arrival.
Passengers wishing to be roused for meals can request Wake Me for
In other Japan
Airlines news, the carrier said it will launch an in-flight
Internet connection service - JAL SkyOnline - on Dec. 9 on the
airline's Tokyo-London route.
With JAL SkyOnline,
passengers will be able to use their own wireless LAN compatible
laptops for Internet access during flights.
JAL said it plans
to install the system on other long-haul flights, including flights
between Japan and the U.S.
In the initial
three months of the service, a computer support specialist will be
onboard the flights to help customers use the service in both
English and Japanese.
The Langham Hotel
in Hong Kong added Korean to the list of language options available
on its Web site (www.langhamhotels.com/langham/hongkong), which
includes English, Japanese and Chinese.
said the property is attempting to build its brand presence in the
Asia-Pacific region. A member of Leading Hotels of the World,
Langham is a five-star hotel in the heart of Hong Kong.
Qantas launched the
Aussie Air Pass for U.S. customers. Likened by Australian tourism
officials to a Eurailpass, the Air Pass is good for three bonus
domestic flights within Australia when customers fly from the
The Air Pass
includes roundtrip economy travel from Los Angeles or Honolulu plus
three additional domestic flights in Australia.
Prices start at
$999 from Los Angeles, including a choice of three domestic flights
to "Zone 1" cities like Sydney, Canberra, Melbourne, Brisbane,
Adelaide, Gold Coast, Hobart and Launceston. Other cities are
available for an additional cost.
Qantas Air Pass
travel must be booked a minimum of 30 days before departure and
purchased within 72 hours of confirmation. Travel must be taken
over a period of seven to 21 days.
details, visit www.australia.com or call (800) 965-6252.
The Hotel Seiyo
Ginza in Tokyo is offering what it is calling the"world's most
expensive meal." The dinner will be hosted by chef Joel Robuchon
and wine expert Robert Parker.
The hotel, which is
managed by Rosewood, is hosting a Hedonist Dinner package to
coincide with the dinner on Dec. 17. The three-night Hedonist
package also includes suite accommodations.
package costs $13,000 per person, double, including daily
For information or
reservations, call (888) ROSEWOOD.
started flying between San Francisco and Tokyo with its new Airbus
long-range plane has 32 lie-flat seats, 211 seats in coach and an
entertainment system in both cabins.
reporter Jorge Sidron, send e-mail to[email protected].