When Disney opened its theme park this month in Hong Kong, the
debut was much different from the 1992 opening of Euro Disney
outside Paris, The Associated Press reported.
While French officials and critics shunned the opening of Euro
Disney, believing it to be an assault on French culture, Hong Kong
and Chinese officials welcomed the new attraction.
During the opening ceremony, Chinese vice president Zeng
Qinghong declared the park Hong Kong’s “eternal carnival,”
according to reports, and despite the heat, hundreds of people
lined up outside the gates.
While a French government agency filed complaints regarding Euro
Disney’s policies and employee dress codes, Hong Kong’s government
is the biggest investor in the new $3.5 billion park, the AP
reported. Officials hope the attraction will boost Asia’s presence
as a family holiday destination. Disney officials said the Hong
Kong park employs 5,000 people and will draw more than 5 million
visitors in its first year.
Harrah's New Vegas Palace
Harrah’s Entertainment recently confirmed a $370 million deal to
purchase Imperial Palace Las Vegas, the Business Press reported.
The deal will give Harrah’s an additional 2,640 hotel rooms along
with a slew of gaming facilities. But perhaps more importantly,
Harrah’s will boost its presence by gaining nearly 19 acres of
strategic real estate along the Strip.
Sin City continues to consolidate after a series of mergers,
including Harrah’s recent acquisition of Caesars Entertainment Inc.
and the MGM Mirage buyout of the Mandalay Resort Group in
MLT Partners With Alaska Airlines
MLT Vacations recently announced a new partnership with Alaska
Airlines, adding more than 45 origins and destinations to NWA
WorldVacations’ West Coast itinerary, including Seattle to Los
Angeles and Portland to San Francisco. Nevada and Mexico
destinations will be added later this year.
NWA WorldVacations will combine Alaska Airlines-operated flights
with hotels and optional activities to create vacation packages in
California, Nevada and Mexico.
Alaska Airlines will offer vacation packages to Hawaii under the
brand name Alaska Airlines Hawaii Vacations. Flights operated by
Northwest Airlines from Pacific Northwest cities to Hawaii will be
paired with MLT Vacations hotels and optional activities to create
vacation packages on six Hawaiian Islands.
Sandals Splits With Apple Vacations
Sandals recently decided to end its relationship with Apple
Vacations to pursue better marketing relationships with other
“We don’t wish Apple Vacations any ill will,” said Kevin
Froemming, president of Unique Vacations, the sales agent for
Sandals and Beaches. “Quite frankly, we didn’t have the best
marketing relationship with them.”
Several weeks ago, Sandals notified Apple Vacations they would
pull their product, and as of this month, Sandals is no longer
available through Apple Vacations.
“It’s true that Sandals and Beaches Resorts are no longer
available through Apple Vacations, however, we have a host of
luxurious vacation options for couples and families throughout the
Caribbean,” Tim Mullen, senior vice president at Apple Vacations,
said in a statement.
Sandals will honor vacation packages previously sold through
Apple Vacations. Sandals is still sold through other wholesalers,
including Travel Impressions and Mark Travel.
SunTrips Offers Senior Discounts
SunTrips recently announced a new senior discount program.
Travelers 55 and older will receive greater savings on SunTrips’
vacation packages and air-only to Hawaii, Mexico, Costa Rica and
“We know how active today’s seniors are and wanted to help them
enjoy life even more by providing quality value vacations at a
terrific price,” said Ed Wegel, CEO of SunTrips. “For 28 years
SunTrips has been committed to our clients, and we hope our new
senior discount will be well received by the 55-plus