Family retreats with Holiday Inn, Phuket

Holiday Inn Resort Phuket Mai Khao Beach has launched its “Family Retreat” promotion. Starting from THB4,649++ (US$150) per room per night, the package is inclusive of an overnight stay in a Deluxe Garden View Room, a complimentary breakfast buffet and a resort credit of THB1,000 per day with free Wi-Fi and welcome drink upon arrival. The resort credit can be availed at our restaurants and bar, Resort Centre Deli, Tea Tree Spa and resort activities. Kids Eat Free is available for kids age 12 years-old and under when accompanied by a family member dining from the regular menu. The package is valid from now until 19 December 2011. Email for more information.

Air Australia offers introductory rates

New low-cost carrier Air Australia will launch flights between Melbourne and Brisbane from 15 December, entering the highly competitive main trunk route with AU$69 (US$69) one-way fares. The airline will also offer introductory full service Business Class fares on the route, priced from AU$499 one-way. The special fares are available on the airline’s new website

Nova Hotel & Spa Pattaya offers opening rates

The newly-opened Nova Hotel & Spa Pattaya, Centara Boutique Collection, is offering a special introductory rate until 24 December 2011. The rate for a Deluxe Room is THB2,210 (US$71) and a One-Bedroom Deluxe Suite is THB4,160 with breakfast included. All rates are on the basis of two people sharing, with complimentary room stay for one child under the age of 12 sharing parents’ room and bedding in the Deluxe Room, and up to two children in the One-Bedroom Deluxe Suite.  An extra bed is available at THB1,000 per night. For more information and reservations contact +662 101 1234.

Heavenly Retreat at the Westin Xian

The Westin Xian, China, has announced a special package to celebrate its opening next month. The Heavenly Retreat Package includes a one-night reservation in a deluxe double room, daily breakfast for two people and complimentary entry for two people to the Xian Quijang Arts Museum. Available from 15 December to 30 June, rates start from CNY1,380 (US$217) per night, subject to 15% service charge. Packages can be booked by visiting

THAI slashes fares of Southern Thailand

Thai Airways International (THAI) is implementing special reduced fares to Southern Thailand in case the main road to the south from Bangkok is flooded. The national carrier’s “Southern Thailand Flood Relief” special fares offer reductions of 47-58% from regular ticket prices. This special fare is available from 11 November to 10 December. THAI will operate flights from Suvarnabhumi Airport to Thailand’s southern provinces with a total capacity of 5,039 seats per day and will add more flights and additional capacity if demand requires. Visit for more details.



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