Category: Business Travel

Canada leading the way in high-tech hospitality?

Canada leading the way in high-tech hospitality?

High-tech hotels are getting more and more sophisticated in Canada, in order to  secure the loyalty of  their visitors — especially the large percentage who travel on business.   Each room in the SoHo Metropolitan in Toronto, for instance, features state-of-the-art entertainment, heated marble floors, remote-control lighting, motorized drapes, laptop-compatible safes and wireless Internet access. […]

Top 10 business hotels opened in 2005

Top 10 business hotels opened in 2005

According to Forbes, the top 10 business hotels to open last year were: Intercontinental Financial Street, Beijing Sofitel on Renmin Square, Xian Hotel Fox, Copenhagen Four Seasons Hotel  Hong Kong Shangri-La Hotel, New Delhi Mandarin Oriental, Tokyo Park Hyatt, Seoul The Setai, Miami The Shoreham, New York City St. Regis Hotel, San Francisco Interestingly, all […]

Food fight in the sky

Food fight in the sky

There’s a food fight going on in the sky. Competing for premium customers who pay $5,000 and up for trans-Atlantic and Asian round trips, airlines are employing celebrity chefs and offering multicourse meals, long wine lists, caviar, crème brulée and goats’ cheese. Lufthansa have winter dishes conceived by Joachim Splichal, American Airlines are using Stephan […]

New business class seat designs

New business class seat designs

Business class air travel is poised to move into a new era of supreme comfort as the major airlines gear up to install more luxurious seats. UK airlines British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have already launched fully flat business class beds, with the major US airlines set to follow. Such changes could pave the way […]

Best Hotel Chain in Asia

Best Hotel Chain in Asia

Asia Pacific’s leading luxury hotel group, Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts, was named Best Hotel Chain in Asia in the annual FinanceAsia Business Travel Poll Awards 2005.    The poll invited FinanceAsia readers to rate the best and worst elements of Asian travel. Of 768 responses, 25% of respondents spent more than 50 nights per year […]

Hilton San Francisco Financial District hotel

Hilton San Francisco Financial District hotel

The 549-room Hilton San Francisco Financial District hotel reopened Thursday after closing in June for a $40 million renovation, becoming the city’s third Hilton. The hotel was formerly a business-oriented Holiday Inn Select. The renovations included an entryway water sculpture and rooms with work desks and ergonomic chairs, and wired and wireless high-speed Internet access.

Bangkok luxury hotel news

Bangkok luxury hotel news

The luxury Bangkok Siam Intercontinental, once a top hotel in the heart of the city at Siam Square, has been torn down, and is being replaced by the Paragon (currently under construction).  Bangkok’s Inter-Continental hotel replaces a building that once housed Le Meridien. Also near the city centre, the Hilton Nai-Lert is rebranding and opening […]

Yotel coming to London airports

Yotel coming to London airports

Yotel, the radical hotel concept unveiled at last year’s World Travel Market, confirmed in December that it will open its first two hotels at London Heathrow and London Gatwick in mid-2006. The move follows a major investment by Kuwaiti-based IFA Hotels & Resorts, a subsidiary of International Financial Advisors (IFA). At Heathrow, the Yotel will […]

Business Traveler magazine awards

Business Traveler magazine awards

Business Traveler magazine asked 60,000 of its subscribers to choose the best in the business travel industry, as part of its 17th annual Business Traveler Awards, including their favorite airlines, airports and hotels around the world. Among the winners are Singapore Airlines (Airline with the Best First Class Service), Four Seasons (Best Luxury Hotel Chain […]