PASSPORT 8-5-2005

News, Deals and More

Amazing Race
If one of your clients’ favorite shows is CBS’ “Amazing Race,” you might want to tell them about a new adventure being offered by Pan Pacific Vancouver and Pan Pacific Whistler Village Centre in British Columbia. Their two-night Amazing Race package, designed for groups of eight or more, includes deluxe accommodations and daily breakfast at both properties. Like the hit reality TV show, teams of two make their way from one location to the next, but not without encountering numerous challenges, roadblocks and detours along the way. This amazing race takes guests along the Sea to Sky highway from Vancouver to Whistler, where they cross the finish line at a top-secret location and later celebrate with complimentary dinner at the hotel’s Pacific Lounge.

Winning Souvenirs
Ever wonder if you made the right decision to buy that knick-knack while you waited at the airport? Sakura shops in Japan’s Narita International Airport have taken all the guesswork out of finding the perfect souvenir. There, you can purchase the best in Japanese souvenirs, as determined by overseas tourists in a March 2005 Japan Souvenir Contest.

The contest jointly hosted by the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport and the Visit Japan campaign awarded manufacturers with gold, silver and bronze medals in the following categories: food, confectionery and traditional crafts. Gold medal winners included: Sencha Miyako-no-Tatsumi Japanese green tea sets, Kasutela sponge cakes and Nioibukuro-Tagasore Kaoru incense bags.

Another Sakura shop is scheduled to open in Kansai Airport in the near future.

The Del Mar, Calif. thoroughbred racing season only runs through Sept. 7, but clients can celebrate their winnings with the Rancho Valencia Resort’s Pacific Classic, its new signature cocktail made with rum, amaretto, Creme de Cassis and orange, pineapple and cranberry juice, all year-long.

At The Palms in Turks and Caicos, resident mixologist Sebastian Albert customizes cocktail recipes to suit your unique personality.

Personalize your own Select Comfort Sleep Number bed when you stay at any Radisson hotel or resort in the U.S., Canada and the Caribbean.

Find out your planetary type or learn if personal training is right for you at the Discover a New You: Women’s Wellness Retreat at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa this Aug. 19-21.

It doesn’t get more kosher than Hotel Barocco’s Jewish Rome package with authentic Roman kosher cuisine and a historic walking tour through the Jewish ghetto. l Grab a pint and groove to blues and jazz with The Village at Squaw Valley’s Brews, Jazz and Funk Fest package available Aug. 20-21.

This holiday season, San Francisco’s Argonaut Hotel caters to those left off Santa’s list with its naughty package, including two tickets for the Alcatraz prison nighttime tour.


Welcome the change of seasons with Pacific Sands Beach Resort and Craig Air’s Fly into Fall Package which includes airfare between Vancouver and Tofino, British Columbia, from Sept. 6 to Nov. 6.,

Prepare yourself for chauffeur-driven airport transfers and plenty of beans on toast with an all-inclusive three-night stay at London’s Dukes Hotel starting at $1,195.

Book by Aug. 31, and live la vie en rose with a three-night stay at the Sofitel Forum Rive Gauche in Paris with GOGO Worldwide Vacations. Or spend a blissful week in Barbados that includes free seventh night stay and $250 air credit through Dec. 13.

This September and October encounter grizzlies, black bears, wolves and elks as you go on safari through Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons with a “Rites of Autumn” vacation package starting at $850 per person, double occupancy.

Make Steamboat Springs, Colo., the site of your next family ski vacation this winter, especially since kids fly free nationwide into Yampa Valley Regional airport on United/United Express airlines.

See Paris as never before with a six-night l’Esprit d’Europe cruise on the scenic river Seine. France Vacations package includes roundtrip airfare and four night luxury hotel stay and starts at $2199 per person with departure from Los Angeles.

Hotel Hassler, situated atop Rome’s famous Spanish Steps, is rewarding early birds everywhere when they book a two-night minimum stay by Sept. 30 and save more than 50 percent off regular room rates for travel between Oct. 30 and Dec. 29.

Through Aug. 31, stay and play at the Sahara Resort & Hotel in Las Vegas for $42 a night or head to Walt Disney World and stay at Orlando’s Radisson Resort Parkway for $85 a night.

Enjoy unlimited admission to Universal Studios, Universal’s Islands of Adventure, SeaWorld and Wet ‘n Wild theme parks with a Best of Orlando package starting at $444 per person and available through Oct. 4.

This month, the Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau wants to thank you by offering a special travel agent appreciation rate at participating hotels and resorts.

Through Dec. 15, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Hawaii has a seven-night minimum stay vacation package at some of its most famous Oahu, Maui, Kauai and Big Island properties that includes free roundtrip interisland airfare for two. Mention the “Hawaii Discovery” promotion when booking.