ON THE ROAD
Ansett Australia is offering its Frequent Flyer programme members double points for all classes travelling between Sydney and Hong Kong, Taipei and Seoul. The offer is open until October 31. Singapore Airlines, Swissair and South African Airways have similar offers for members of the scheme. The Ramada Pearl Hotel in Guangzhou has a special offer for rooms during the Autumn Trade Fair from October 14-30. Those who make reservations before this Saturday will be given a complimentary river view room upgrade at US$135 for single or $142 for double occupancy. Normal rates during the fair are $160 and $167 respectively. Shuttle buses and daily buffet breakfast are included, but the rates are subject to taxes totalling 20 per cent.
Meanwhile, the Ramada Hotel Yangon International Airport (Rangoon, Burma) is offering rooms for single/double occupancy at $88 per night until December 31 to celebrate its opening. The rates are inclusive of taxes, American breakfast, airport transfer and shuttle bus service. The five-star Royal Garden Hotel in London is giving groups of guests the opportunity to privately tour and dine at nearby Kensington Palace, built in 1605 and currently the home of Princess Diana, Princess Margaret and other members of the royal family.
Guests receive personalised invitations from the palace itself, Champagne and canapes in the Red Salon, where Queen Victoria's privy council once met; a tour of the state apartments and court dress collection, and dinner in the Orangery, a favourite of Queen Anne for summer suppers.
But all this doesn't come cheap. The cost of a single evening's festivities is GBP3,000 ($36,000) per group plus approximately GBP80 a person for catering. Proceeds do not go to the royal family but to the Government, which administers the palace.