In Brief


It’s Hong Kong for WinterFest
HONG KONG is promoting itself as a winter wonderland of festive sights and sounds – in the tropics! Through to January 1, the region has a slew of activities on offer.

Visitors should head to the dazzling Christmas display in Santa Town (Statue Square) where the centrepiece is the giant Christmas tree, festooned with lights making it a great seasonal landmark in the heart of Central district. The Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront is the place to be at 8pm when the Hong Kong skyline lights up for the Symphony of Lights laser display, a spectacle involving 33 participating buildings. This is also the best time to experience Hong Kong’s world-class shopping. The Hong Kong WinterFest Passport to Special Offers serves up discounts of up to 70 per cent at thousands of shops and dining outlets and is available at the Hong Kong Tourism Board Visitor Information and Service Centres at the airport on arrival.

A cruise for Christmas
AGENTS looking to book families onto something different this festive season can simply log onto to check out MSC Cruises flagship MSC Musica’s inaugural Christmas cruise. Departing December 16 from Genoa, the 11-night itinerary begins from £545 ($1032) per person, with children up to 18 years cruise for free – paying just for their flights, taxes and transfers. Ports of call include Naples, Piraeus, Rhodes, Alexandria and Tripoli before returning on December 27.

Christmas All’Italiana
THE 77-unit Hotel Le Dune in the heart of the National Park of Circeo, 70 minutes south of Rome, is the ideal oasis for a relaxing New Year Holiday, far from the madding crowds. A deal of 302 euros ($387) per person in a double room includes a two-night stay in a sea-facing room, welcome drink, two buffet breakfasts, one dinner with a daily menu excluding beverages or one brunch on January 1 excluding wines and alcoholic drinks and one New Year’s Eve Party including beverages. The stay must include the night of December 31.