Nov 29, 2009
The South Korean government is pursuing a visa waiver program with China for tourists staying for up to 30 days, as part of a campaign to boost the local tourism industry. In addition, policymakers discussed the adoption of a five-day school week beginning next year, ditching the current system in which schools are open every other Saturday. The moves come as part of plans to triple the size of the tourism market by 2020, which was discussed in a meeting overseen by President Lee Myung-bak, Friday, in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province. The government seeks to attract 20 million tourists annually by 2020, three times more than the current annual number. Last year, over 45 million people from China traveled overseas, of whom about 1.2 million visited Korea. Nearly four million Koreans went to China. Korea's Jeju Island saw its number of Chinese tourists increase five-fold from 2005 after it set up a visa waiver program. Nov 23, 2009
Air Tahiti Nui
Air Tahiti Nui is offering a time-limited Summer In New Zealand fare, offering roundtrip Moana (economy) class air to Auckland from only USD1,253 including taxes and fees -- plus a free three-day Tahiti stopover and stay at one of three resorts, based on double occupancy, in either direction. Resort options include the Hilton Hotel Tahiti, Radisson Plaza Resort Tahiti, or Sofitel Tahiti Maeva Beach Resort. Bookings must be made by Dec. 11 for travel through May 31, 2010. Less than eight hours nonstop from Los Angeles International Airport, Tahiti is unspoiled, with azure waters and year-round sun. Never rushed or hurried, visitors can choose to do as much or as little as they please. Explore beautiful flora and fauna via easy walking trails or expeditions to the islandOs volcanic center, or hop over to the heart-shaped island of Moorea for a day trip to enjoy leisurely catamaran rides through beautiful side-by-side bays and shopping for French PolynesiaOs famed Tahitian black pearls. Those in search of relaxation and romance will love the stunning black and white sand beaches, sunset lagoon cruises, and spa treatments featuring Monoi oil -- while families and kids can enjoy friendly shark and ray feedings and scenic helicopter rides. Of the three resort options, families might enjoy the Hilton HotelOs OSpecial Family OfferO of one child staying free with two adults, while larger groups might take advantage of the Radisson Plaza ResortOs OSuite UpgradeO option to an ocean-view duplex for...