The Royal Garden in Kowloon has its summer package at HK$1,088 (US$139.50) until September 15 this year, for a superior room, including American buffet breakfast at HK$110 per person per day and late check-out until 4pm. Deluxe rooms from HK$1,288, include American buffet breakfast and a 20 per cent discount on laundry/dry-cleaning/pressing service. www.theroyalgardenhotel.com.hk
Web site roll-out
Singapore Airlines has a new Web site, which will be fully rolled out over three years. Its 67 destinations will have their own local sites. Additions are an online booking service, transaction capacity, real-time flight information, seat selection for first and Raffles class, lost baggage tracing and booking confirmation via email. KrisFlyer members can also register and check mileage online. Destination information is also available including weather forecasts, currency rates and time zones. More will be added later, such as immigration/visa advice, airport information, maps and local events. www.singaporeair.com
The Shilla Seoul is offering a deluxe room for 231,000 won (HK$1,392) per night with American breakfast at the Park View restaurant, or a spacious executive deluxe for 271,000 won with full breakfast buffet in the executive lounge and the extra privileges of The Shilla's executive floors. For more savings, guests can also book the Summer Saver rates which offer a deluxe room at 215,000 won or executive deluxe at 255,000 won which also offers all the benefits of the executive floors. Summer Savings rates and packages are available until August 31 with a minimum two-night stay. Rates are plus 10 per cent service charge and 10 per cent tax on service charge. Call (822) 2230 3310, fax 2230 3720 or book online at www.shilla.net
US Airways Express will introduce a non-stop service between Madison, Wisconsin, and its Pittsburgh hub from August 10 using 50-seat Embraer-145 Regional Jet aircraft. Madison will become the newest destination on the US Airways Express network. The carrier also will introduce a non-stop service between Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and Pittsburgh on August 19, complementing an existing flight between Cedar Rapids and Kansas city. The carrier will operate the Embraer-145 Regional Jet on the Cedar Rapids-Pittsburgh route. US Airways Express carrier Trans States Airlines will provide the non-stop service, offering three daily round-trip flights between Madison and Pittsburgh, and two daily round-trip flights between Cedar Rapids and Pittsburgh.
Higher first class
First class air fares rose by a greater percentage than other classes of airline travel in the Asian region in this year's second quarter, according to the American Express Airfare Index. An uncertain Asian economic outlook led first-class air fares in the region to rise by 2.1 per cent, business class air fares by 1.7 per cent, economy air fares by 1.8 per cent and discount economy air fares by 1.6 per cent. Fares originating in Singapore, Japan, Malaysia and Taiwan rose by about 4 per cent in the second quarter. This was the highest increase in a single quarter since the Asian economic crisis. www.americanexpress.com
Hyatt Regency Osaka is offering a special package with Universal Studios Japan from now until July 19. The package includes one night accommodation in a luxury guest room, and one day studio pass. The rate for weekdays is 30,000 yen (about HK$1,915) for two people, and weekends 38,000 yen for two people. (The rates are inclusive of service charge, but exclude tax.) Hyatt Regency Osaka is at Cosmosquare and it is 20 minutes from Universal Studios by ferry. www.hyatt.com