Travel Weekly's Asia-Pacific E-letter: July 26, 2004

HONG KONG is offering travel industry workers and their families discounted rates at more than 50 hotels through Aug. 31. Four tiers of hotel rates are available, with prices ranging from $38 at the Wesley Hotel and Stanford Hotel to $115 for the Ritz-Carlton and InterContinental Hong Kong. Reduced rates on sightseeing tours also are available. For participating hotels and more information, visit www.hkpartnernetusa.com.

CENDANT'S Travel Distribution Services unit signed an agreement with the Tourism Authority of Thailand and Thai Airways to promote Thailand as a destination to travelers from the U.S., Australia, the U.K., Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and South Africa. Cendant brands in the promotional mix include CheapTickets.com, Lodging.com, HotelClub.com, RatesToGo.com, Galileo, U.K. consolidator Travel2/Travel4, and membership club Travelers Advantage.

PLEASANT HOLIDAYS created a seven-night, three-city "Delightful Japan" package that includes stays in Tokyo, Hakone and Kyoto. There are four scheduled departure dates: Aug. 22 with reserved seats for Kabuki at the Kabukiza Theatre; Sept. 12, with reserved seats for a sumo wrestling match at the Kokugikan Sumo Arena; Oct. 17; and Nov. 7. package prices begin at $1,848 per person, double, including roundtrip air fare from the West Coast or New York (Kennedy) on United Airlines; transportation in Japan; sightseeing; and some meals. For information or reservations, call (800) 448-3333 or visit PleasantAgent.com.

LE MERIDIEN HOTELS & RESORTS and Visa International joined forces to offer Visa cardholders who complete two separate stays at a Le Meridien hotel and pay with a Visa card a free weekend night at any Le Meridien property worldwide. The two qualifying stays must take place between July 15, 2004 and June 30, 2005. The free weekend night's stay can be redeemed between Sept. 1, 2004 and Dec. 31, 2005. Valid weekend nights are Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. To qualify, Visa cardholders must be a member of Le Meridien Moments, the hotel company's loyalty program.

QANTASLINK will operate 50-seat aircraft between Melbourne and three Australian cities: Devonport, Burnie-Wynyard and Mildura, replacing a number of the 36-seat aircraft currently servicing these routes. The change will go into effect on Aug. 23. QantasLink has ordered 10 of the 50-seat aircraft since 2003 and has so far taken delivery of eight, bringing the total number of 50-seat planes in its fleet to 32.

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