By Brian McInnis
Panda Travel has announced its prices for the Hawaii men's basketball "Warriors to Asia" tour in August, which is open for fans to accompany the team through several locales in China and Japan.
Prices are a bit higher than initial projections, but the following includes airport tax and fuel surcharges and the $175 China entry visa. These appear to be set, but the latest itinerary indicates that these prices and the itinerary are still subject to change.
Current pricing for the full tour, Aug. 5 to 21, comes out to $5,143. That includes two practice games against international World University Games teams in Dong Guan, and six full-fledged games for the rest of the tour through Shanghai, Beijing and Osaka. Looks to be plenty of sight-seeing time along the way, with stops like the Great Wall, Tiananmen's Square and the Forbidden City.
There are two variations of a half tour from Aug. 5 to 14. One has five total games and ends in Shanghai (total cost $3,666) and the other has four total games and ends in Hong Kong (total cost $3,420).
These costs include airfare, hotel accommodations, some meals, all game admissions and ground transportation to major stops on the itinerary. An English-speaking travel guide is included.
Per Panda Travel, a $500 down payment (non-refundable) is mandatory with all orders. Final payment to Panda Travel is due by June 21. The tour cap size is about 100.
All travelers must have a valid U.S. passport good through at least six months beyond the return date. Contact John DeFreitas (who has been most helpful through this process as everything came together) at 738-3573 to inquire about orders.
As for UH coach Gib Arnold's contract, nothing appears to be imminent. A source indicates that, though the target date for the new contract to go into effect is still July 1, the contract could be finalized after that date and be made retroactive to start July 1 anyway.