NEW YORK -- An introductory room rate of $149 is being extended for
a king room or a room with two queens at the Royal Pacific Resort,
set to open June 18 at Universal Orlando.
Also being offered is a two-night introductory package, from
$274 per person, double, covering the room, two days' admission to
the two Universal theme parks, a CityWalk nightclub pass and a
choice of one hotel lunch or dinner or entry to Wet N' Wild. The
$149 rate and package apply through Dec. 23; the booking deadline
is Dec. 10.
During a luncheon here, Jonathan Tisch, chief executive officer
of New York-based Loews Hotels, which is a partner with Universal
in the 1,000-room hotel, said the grand opening will occur sometime
Tchoup Chop, an upscale hotel restaurant facility opening in the
fall, will feature South Seas and Asian cuisine in a South Pacific
At the luncheon, Emeril Lagasse, owner and executive chef of
Emeril's Restaurants, said the name comes from New Orleans'
Tchoupitoulas Street, where the flagship Emeril's restaurant is
The 160-seat dining facility overlooks a boat landing and
lagoon, flanked by a garden. Lagasse also operates a branch of his
original Emeril's New Orleans' restaurant at the CityWalk dining
and entertainment complex.
Fred Lounsberry, senior vice president of sales for Universal
Recreation Group, said group bookings for the hotel are healthy,
thanks in part to the introductory deals.
The hotel will have nearly 80,000 square feet of meetings space,
a fitness center, a business center and retail shops.
Guests will have access by foot, road and water taxi to CityWalk
and the Islands of Adventure and Universal Studios theme parks.
Guests also qualify for an express entry upgrade when they visit
rides at either park, thereby avoiding long waits in line.
As previously announced, two more Loews-run hotels will be built
at Universal Orlando, but there is no timetable, Lounsberry
He added that airline seat capacity to Orlando this summer is
expected to return to pre-Sept. 11 levels.
At present, capacity is about 12% less than last year, he
In other news:
• Universal Studios Vacations, the tour operator arm of
Universal Orlando, extended its offer of an additional commission
point for agents who book its vacation packages electronically
using the major GDS systems, VAX Vacation
Access or at www.universalstudiosvacations.com. Bookings
must be made by June 30 in order to qualify for the bonus.
• As of April 1, a free third day at both Universal Orlando
theme parks became a feature of a new, two-day/two-park ticket that
went on sale at the regular price of $100.65 for adults (ages 10
and older) and $86.87 for children (ages 3 through 9).
The ticket can be used at both parks every day within a
seven-day period. It also includes unlimited admission to the
Clients on tour operator packages already holding
two-day/two-park tickets should request validation for the free
third day upon arrival at one of the parks, according to a
For more information, agents can call the operator at (800)
224-3838. For room bookings, call (888) 322-5541.