Tsunami Update

Tourism is critically curtailed in Asian countries struck by the tsunamis as of December 26, 2004. This section will monitor the recovery, announcing properties as they open. The following is the status of mid-January 2005:

INDONESIA Sumatra The Aceh province is at presstime off-limits to tourists due to civil unrest.

SRI LANKA Major hotels in Hikkadua, Yala, and Beruwala are closed, with final construction on Angsana's Swanee Hotel in Beruwala delayed to the latter half of 2005. Closings include the Hotel Trident (Anghulla) and the Lighthouse (Galle).

THAILAND Phi Phi and Khao Lak are "closed until further notice" as most properties suffered major damage. Included in the more than 200 closings are the Inter-Continental Holiday Inn Resort Phuket, Sofitel Magic Lagoon Resort & Spa Kao Lak, the Best Western Premier Bangtao Beach Resort & Spa, and Le Meridien Phuket Beach Resort Relax Bay. The Amari Coral Beach Resort is expected to be closed until Apr 2005.

MALDIVES Of the 87 resort islands in the Maldives, 19 resorts are closed, including the Four Season Resort (Kuda) and the Soneva Gili Resort & Spa. The Taj Exotica Resort is closed until 3rd quarter 2005.

MYANMAR Only regions in the extreme south (Kaunthaung city and the Mergui Islands) were affected. No hotel damage was claimed.

MALAYSIA While the northwest coast (including Penang and Kedah) were hit, most hotels in the area are said to be operating normally.

INDIA The Beach Resort (Chennai) and Peerless Resort (Port Blair) are closed.

SEYCHELLES The Paradise Sun, La Reserve, and the Vacanze Cote d'Or Lodge are closed.

Planners with affected programs can contact chain representatives or go to www.pata. org/tsunami. To donate humanitarian aid, go to www.unfoundation.org.