Category: Business Travel

All-business-class flights from Lufthansa

All-business-class flights from Lufthansa

Lufthansa has begun flying all-business-class Boeing 737 flights between Frankfurt and Newark, arriving in the Big Apple at 11.20am local time. The planes have 44 “lie-flat” seats, power ports for notebooks, integrated reading lamps and  generous tabletop areas. Passengers also get their choice of a dedicated limousine shuttle to and from Manhattan or a helicopter […]

The best business hotel in the UK?

The best business hotel in the UK?

Malmaison Manchester – a hotel I have stayed at on a couple of occasions, but not for a few years now – has won Best Business Hotel of the Year 2007  at the Esquire Magazine Awards, fighting off stiff opposition from Hotel du Vin Birmingham, Balmoral Edinburgh from The Rocco Forte Collection, and Four Seasons […]

Mobile office from Nissan

Mobile office from Nissan

One for some of the business travellers among you!  Nissan is to unveil a new mobile office concept at the  40th  Tokyo Motor Show which begins this Friday. Their NV200 concept has a rugged exterior and a rear packed with features. This latest model happens to be specially deisgned for professional ocean photographers and is […]

Cell phones on flights - yay or nay?

Cell phones on flights – yay or nay?

The use of mobile phones on planes has long  been put on hold  because it was feared that it compromised a plane’s own radio communications and safety. More recently, however, airlines have begun testing the use of mobile phones on flights. Personally, I’m not a big fan of that prospect – I’d sooner travel in […]

Best hotel chain for business in Asia?

The Australian branch of the Hilton  chain has been voted the best hotel in Asia for the third year in a row, by Asia Pacific’s business travellers. The hotel group was also named Number 1 Asia Pacific Hotel Brand and Asia Pacific’s Leading Hotel Choice in a poll of 1,450, during the 2007 BDRC Asia […]

Best business hotel in Hanoi?

Best business hotel in Hanoi?

The Sofitel Metropole Hanoi has been voted the city’s best business hotel in 2007 by the readers of the Business Traveller Asia Pacific magazine. Each year readers selected the premium hotel of each city in Asia, and base their votes on criteria such as  location, room facilities, customer service, food and drink, and  technology. The […]

Free helicopter transfer service from Continental

You may recall me mentioning a free helicopter transfer service last month, for passengers flying to  JFK with  Delta. Now business class  travellers flying transatlantic to Newark with Continental Airlines are being offered free helicopter transfers into New York City. The shuttle service runs on weekdays and  connects passengers to heliports in Downtown and Midtown […]

Improvements at Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa now completed

Improvements at Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa now completed

Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa has recently enjoyed a $20 million investment which has seen the addition of Lexington’s Spa at Griffin Gate, a spectacular facility added in June. As part of the hotel renovation, the expansion of its meeting and event spaces are now complete.   Meeting space has been increased to a […]

Next destination for Silverjet: Dubai

Next destination for Silverjet: Dubai

The all-business airline Silverjet has chosen Dubai as its next destination, with services from Luton starting in November.   They will be the first and only commercial airline to use the executive terminal at Dubai International Airport.    This will be  the first time a business class-only airline has covered a non-transatlantic route.

Paso Robles first luxury boutique hotel

Paso Robles first luxury boutique hotel

La Bellasera Hotel & Suites opened its doors last month, making it the first luxury boutique hotel in Paso Robles, California. Located in the heart of California’s Central Coast wine region, La Bellasera is a full service experience, offering  60 luxury suites, restaurant, spa, and meeting facility. The hotel’s Enoteca Restaurant & Bar features “globally […]

Special feature: Lausanne Palace & Spa, Switzerland

Special feature: Lausanne Palace & Spa, Switzerland

In the heart of the Olympic capital of Lausanne, Lausanne Palace & Spa exudes elegance and class. It is perfectly situated – just 500 metres from the railway station and a mere 40 minutes from Geneva Airport, by car or train.   As it happened, though, we reached Lausanne by ferry, having ventured across Lake […]

Airlines adding regional jets with luxury features

According to the Associated Press, airlines are currently rushing to add new regional jets with first class seats and roomier cabins. Northwest Airlines Corp. is adding 72 new 76-seat jets through next year, Delta Air Lines Inc. plans to fly 77 dual-class regional jets by the end of 2008, and United regional partners now fly […]

Steigenberger Hotel Herrenhof in Vienna

The  Steigenberger Hotel Group will open a four-star superior hotel in the Palais district in  the heart of Vienna in late 2008/early 2009. Located in the Old Town district, itself a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Steigenberger Hotel Herrenhof will combine both tradition and modernity, and serve both business travellers and city tourists. It will […]

Hotel Las Arenas in Valencia, Spain

Hotel Las Arenas in Valencia, Spain

Valencia is a growing and state-of-the-art destination, and Hotel Las Arenas is a good example of what’s available: pure luxury by the seaside. The hotel combines architectural beauty with the latest in elegance and comfort, just steps from vibrant Valencia. The hotel’s spa offers private, personalised treatments and includes facilities such as a  fitness centre, […]

Largest Marriott in the world just gets bigger

Largest Marriott in the world just gets bigger

The largest Marriott on Earth, the 2,000-room Orlando World Center Marriott Resort and Convention Center will unveil the largest pillar-free resort ballroom in the country. With this latest phase of an extensive transformation, this premier meeting destination and Orlando conference centre resort will provide planners with more than 400,000 sq. ft. of flexible space almost […]

Renovations completed at Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel

Renovations completed at Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel

The beautiful Auburn Marriott Opelika Hotel and Conference Center at Grand National, Alabama, nestled on 2,000 acres of lakefront countryside,  has unveiled  a new look. Overlooking the Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail, this Auburn hotel offers 54 holes of championship golf, a stunning location for a business retreat, a peaceful, serene atmosphere, and is only […]