Passport 6-10-2005

News, Deals and More

The King Is Back

Clients heading to Southern California this summer should be warned that So. Cal’s hottest attractions are being kept under wraps as in mummy wraps.

First, King Tut is back at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) from June 16-Nov. 15, and hotels and tour companies are looking to cash in on the buzz. The Omni Los Angeles Hotel, for instance, is offering the “Live Like a King ... Tut” package, that includes a deluxe room, two VIP tickets to the exhibit, dinner and more. Not to be outdone, Le Meridien at Beverly Hills, which is located just five minutes from LACMA, is offering its “Ultimate King Tut” package that includes a visit to the Tut exhibit in town as well as a first-class ticket to the Le Meridien Pyramids in Cairo to see the actual Land of the Pharaohs in person. The price? A mere $37,500. In addition, tour operator Destinations & Adventures is launching a series of special monthly Egypt departures that will focus on the boy king.

Finally, be sure to remind clients that just minutes away from Disneyland, in Santa Ana, Calif., the Bowers Museum will be hosting one of the British Museum’s most popular attractions, “Mummies: Death and the Afterlife in Ancient Egypt.” There should be plenty on hand to gross out the kids!

For the 12th consecutive year, the Spirit of Washington Dinner Train brings mayhem and intrigue to the Seattle area this summer. Actors from It’s a Mystery entertainment group pose as passengers and blend into the group, leaving everybody a suspect for the staged murder mystery unfolding aboard the train.

Perfect for groups, the actors incorporate personal information about the guests into the story to make it a different experience each time.


COMPASS POINTS: New and Noteworthy

New York’s legendary Algonquin Hotel has put its own literary twist on a new trend by offering guests iPods loaded with the latest audio books ...Rosewood Hotels & Resorts celebrates its 25th anniversary with the Three Generations of Luxury plan, where families of three or more generations, staying in three bedrooms for at least three nights will receive a special rate, a family portrait and a free family dinner ...The Loew’s Annapolis Hotel has a loaner of a different sort for guests Luke, the hotel’s resident Labrador retriever is available for cuddling and games of fetch ... Miami’s Bentley Beach Hotel is turning back the years with its Modern Miami Vice package, which celebrates the 1984 hit TV show. The package includes the penthouse suite, a powerboat, a Ferrari rental and more ...Elite Islands Resorts’ new Fly and Save promotion offers up to $600 in savings on American Airlines when guests fly to any of the eight resorts in the collection ...The Renaissance Esmeralda, in Indian Wells, Calif., has opened its Camp Oasis kids’ club, making it the only resort in the Palm Springs area with an extensive program for kids ... Gutsy Women Travel is offering a Bring a Friend promotion that offers $100 off the price of a tour for each friend who books, while the friend receives $100 off as well ... Thrifty Car Rental will award travel educators free registration to ASTA’s World Travel Congress, held this year in Montreal, Nov. 6-11 & There is no place better to spend the Fourth of July than the nation’s capital, or so thinks the Fairmont Washington, D.C., which is offering is offering special rates June 30-July 9 & Attention runaway brides: Old Bahama Bay Resort and Yacht Harbour, on Grand Bahama Island, is offering a three-night stay designed to ease pre-nuptial jitters. Brides will receive sunglasses, a private car and in-suite check-in to keep their identity a secret; a massage and signature “Conch-tini” cocktail, to relax their nerves; the resort will send an E-mail to friends and family telling them the bride is safe and sound; and the resort will provide a Cold Feet Concierge that will accompany the bride to dinner & Suzy Gershman, author of Frommers “Born to Shop” books, is now available to help guests of the InterContinental Hong Kong create the ultimate shopping trip & Recognizing guests’ needs to stay fit and eat healthy while traveling, the Westin Century Plaza Hotel & Spa, home of acclaimed Spa Mystique, offers the Ultimate Zen Package, which includes a Sleeping Tiger massage, a yoga class and a healthful lunch at the spa’s cafe & Beginning in August, the Georgian Hotel, in Santa Monica, Calif., will be offering shopping discounts for guests at local merchants in the Third Street Promenade mall &Walt Disney Resort is offering a discounted “stay, play and dine” Magic Your Way Package Plus Dining for most nights Aug. 21-Oct. 4. Travel must be booked by July 3 & For the second year, Fairmont Hotels across the nation will be the official hotels of the Save Our History program, an initiative from The History Channel that promotes history education and preservation. Each hotel has created vacation getaways that emphasize the history and culture of the destinations &Club Med announced the debut of a new booking engine that makes it easier to for travel agents at & Until Aug. 15, guests at La Quinta and Baymont hotels will receive a “Web decoder” they can use to play an instant-win game online. Each week 100 prizes will be given away at both chains.