HONG KONG – In the wake of all the world troubles of the
past few weeks, the hard-hit travel industry is starting to
fight back. In the Asia-Pacific region, a small number of hotel
and airline specials and bonus miles offers are starting to
emerge, to tempt business travellers and others back into the
sector. In particular, the Starwood hotel group has announced
up to 50 per cent discounts on Asia Pacific room nights until
February next year. Rates start from as low as US$48 per night,
under the Starwood Hotels and Resort's Holiday Savers
promotion, which is available from 15 November 2001, and is
valid till February 28th 2002. The offer is valid at more than
70 Westin, Sheraton, Four Points by Sheraton and St Regis
hotels. Sample rates are as follows: St Regis Shanghai (from
US$125), Royal Orchid Sheraton Hotel & Towers in Bangkok (from
US$80), Sheraton Towers Singapore (from S$190 or $US104), The
Westin Taipei (from NTW4940 or $US142), Sheraton on the Park in
Sydney (from A$235) and the Sheraton Auckland Hotel & Towers
(from NZ$175 or $US73).