As economic gloom continues to hang heavily in the region, the battle for guests rages on between hotels. Not only is Century International offering discounts of up to 68 per cent at its 23 hotels, but guests can stay a full 24 hours from the time of arrival. No more check-out at lunch time.
Century's 'Sizzling Summer Sale' promotion will run until September 31, and guests can stay in Bali for only US$29 (around HK$225) per night, and US$39 at some other locations, including Cebu, Bangkok and Xian. Century has hotels in the mainland, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. For details phone 2507-6616 or fax 2598-0022.
Cultural centre Travellers interested in Australia's aboriginal heritage can view traditional dances at the new National Aboriginal Cultural Centre, scheduled to open in early August in the Darling Harbour area of Sydney.
The centre houses the most extensive collection of artefacts of the country's 200 aboriginal tribes, including some of the earliest rock art dating back at least 50,000 years.
Room in Rome Rome expects more than 18 million visitors in 2000 - compared with the average 7.8 million per year - because of millennium celebrations and the Christian Holy Year. The city is increasing hotel space through renovations that will increase capacity by about 1,900 beds, or eight per cent, and new construction that will add 3,000 beds.
Sad record Take care driving in Portugal and Greece. These two countries hold the unenviable record of having the highest number of road accidents in the European Community. Using 1995 figures, the EC says that for each one million inhabitants, 217 and 195 died on the roads in Portugal and Greece respectively.
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