Leela Hotel Group plans to open six luxury hotels in India in the next three years.
Japan Rail East Pass now available to agents via AccesRail
The Japan Rail East Pass
is now available for purchase through AccesRail,
which pays 8% commission on pass sales.
The Japan Rail East Pass is good for a 465-
mile stretch of the eastern part of the island
of Honshu, including Tokyo’s metropolitan
rail system and the Narita/Tokyo Express
Train, or NEX. Agents can issue the passes
via their GDS on AccesRail’s IATA carrier code, 9B. Passes are available for either
Green (superior) or Ordinary (standard)
class travel. The GDSs convert prices from
Japanese yen to dollars at the exchange rate
in effect on the day of purchase.
For more info, visit www.bigfive.com or
call (800) 244 3483.
Ritz introduces land-cruise tour
Ritz Tours introduced an 11-night Yangtze
Special package combining stays in Beijing,
Xian and Shanghai with a Yangtze River
cruise with Victoria Cruises. The package
costs from $2,769 per person, double, and
includes air, hotel, sightseeing, meals and
the services of experienced guides.
Departures are scheduled for Sept. 7, 14,
21 and 28 and Oct. 12, 19 and 26. For information or reservations, call (800) 900-2446
or visit www.ritztours.com.
PDT offers air-inclusive packages
Pacific Delight Tours is offering seven Kaleidoscope itineraries to China and Hong
Kong that include air from 35 U.S. cities.
Multicity itineraries include Beijing,
Xian, Shanghai, Guilin, Suzhou and Hong
Kong as well as cruises on the Yangtze River
with Victoria Cruises. For example, the five-night Beijing Kaleidoscope is available from
$968 per person; the five-night Hong Kong
Kaleidoscope is priced from $1,138. Hotel,
sightseeing and transfers are included.
Visit www.pacificdelighttours.com or call
India hotel company eyes expansion
India’s Leela Hotel Group plans to double
its room inventory during the next three
years as part of an expansion plan that calls
for six new hotels throughout India. Leela
currently operates four five-star hotels in
Mumbai, Bangalore, Kovalam and Goa.
The first of the six new hotels will open
in Gurgaon next spring, followed by Udaipur in winter 2008, Chennai in winter 2009
and South Delhi, Hyderabad and Pune in
Big Five’s Last Shangri-La
Big Five Tours & Expeditions launched the
Last Shangri-La, a 14-night program to Tibet, Nepal and Bhutan.
Participants visit a Tibetan refugee camp
to meet carpet weavers, craftspeople in Nepal’s ancient capital of Patan and a Bhutan
painting school. Tours to remote villages in
Nepal can be arranged.
Other highlights are visits to Tibetan
capital Lhasa, Nepal’s Chitwan National
Park and the eastern Himalayas in Bhutan.
Land-only pricing starts at $7,490 per
person, double, and covers flights within
Asia, hotel taxes/service charges, some
meals, hotel/airport transfers and all sightseeing. Prices are valid until Oct. 31.