On the road
AIR New Zealand has come up with a 'Take-a-Mate' scheme, allowing two people to fly to the country economy return for a total of less than HK$10,000 during October.
A person buying a return ticket for $8,420 can take a friend for only $1,578. Passengers must depart between October 1 and October 30, and must return within 30 days. Tickets, which are limited, are available up to October 26, and are non-refundable.
Flights can be booked through any travel agent, or through Air New Zealand direct, tel 524-9041.
P and O is offering a 40 per cent discount for a 35-day around the world cruise departing Vancouver on November 11. The first passenger must pay the full rate of HK$135,876, and a companion can travel for $81,526. Contact Brian Hughes at P and O, tel 956-6850. SOUTH African Airways will tomorrow launch a frequent traveller programme entitled Voyager.
The programme will offer extra miles for passengers travelling with SAA and its partners.
LAUDA Air will in November offer passengers a pay-by-the-minute telephone service on all long-haul flights. The airline will also that month introduce a second weekly direct flight from Hong Kong to Vienna. THE rain in Spain falls mainly . . . on Japan. Far from travelling to Spain, Japanese are visiting a 'Parque Espana' for their continental Europe experience, and Japan wants visitors from Asian countries to do the same.
The theme park, at Shima, Mie prefecture, has had almost 1.5 million visitors since it opened last April. It boasts the reproduction of Spanish towns, restaurants and such-like. It is accessible from Nagoya or Osaka.
AMERICA West Airlines is offering international travellers to the US savings of up to 40 per cent on domestic flights. America West serves all major US gateways for international travellers. Check with your travel agent.
AMERICAN Express card members are being offered a special package of four days/three nights at the Shangri-La's Mactan Island resort in Cebu, Philippines. It includes air fares, transfers, breakfast, use of the golf course and tennis courts. Cost of the package is from HK$4,199. The offer is open until December 15.