The year 2002 has been good to Hong Kong, with an 18% increase in
international visitors during the first 10 months of the year,
including a nearly 5% rise in visitors from the United States. And
tour operators no doubt hope that the upcoming Year of the Goat
will bring even more luck and visitors to Hong Kong in 2003.
The new year is drawing near, and many of the leading tour
companies to Asia have introduced travel packages to coincide with
this year’s Chinese New Year festivities, the bulk of which will
take place Feb. 1-3, 2003, in Hong Kong.
Considered the most important of Hong Kong’s festivals, the
celebration brings the city to life with colorful lights, flower
markets, a waterfront parade, a fireworks display over Victoria
Harbour and horse races.
Clients can choose from the following tours, which represent a
small sampling of the Chinese New Year tours now on the market (all
prices are based on double occupancy):
General Tours offers an eight-day, six-night
tour priced from $999 per person, including roundtrip air from Los
Angeles or San Francisco. Also part of the package are
accommodations at the Kowloon Shangri-La, daily breakfast, a
half-day Hong Kong Island tour, an evening harbor cruise, tickets
to the New Year parade and viewing of fireworks from a boat in the
harbor. Departures are available for Jan. 28, 29 and 30. Call
800-223-0266. Web site: www.generaltours.com.
Aberdeen Tours’ six-night package, priced from
$995, includes roundtrip air from LAX, SFO, SEA, LAS or HON;
seating for the parade; a day trip to Shenzhen, China; and a buffet
dinner. Call 877-956-8886. Web site: www.aberdeentours.com.
Pacific Delight Tours’ six-night New Year plan,
priced from $960 per person, includes roundtrip air, VIP seats for
the parade and a tour with visits to Stanley Market, Repulse Bay
and Victoria Peak. Departure dates are Jan. 27, 28 and 29. Call
800-221-7179. Web site: www.pacific delighttours.com.
Uniworld’s six-night Spectacular Chinese New
Year program, priced from $1,158 per person, includes roundtrip air
from LAX, a dim sum lunch, reserved bleacher seats for the parade
and a New Year’s Eve Chinese banquet. Call 800-360-9550. Web site:
Pleasant Holidays’ Hong Kong Chinese New Year
Festival Tour, priced from $998, features roundtrip air, daily
breakfast, bleacher seats for the parade and a museum pass. Through
Dec. 15, travelers who purchase the above package in conjunction
with Pleasant’s travel protection plan (priced from $1,188 per
person, double) qualify for a roundtrip airline ticket to Hawaii or
Cancun for $149. Call 800-377-1080. Web site: www.