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Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Edition

Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Edition April 2018

The leading magazine for the corporate traveller. We aim to save you money and make your travelling life easier. Each edition has the latest news from airlines, airports, hotels and car hire companies, reviews of the latest gadgets, technology and accessories and destinations pieces - where to stay, what to eat, what to see, and how to behave, all delivered by our own writers and journalists around the world. In addition, loyalty programs are examined, deals and promotions collected and feature stories cover a wide range of issues such as health, security, technology, golf, automotive and finance. With editorial staff based in our offices around the globe we are uniquely placed to ensure that our different editions reflect the needs of our readers locally.

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As we were going to press, news broke that world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking had passed away. One of the most brilliant minds of the 20th century, Hawking often mentioned the fact that his birth date was exactly 300 years after Galileo’s death. No doubt he would have enjoyed the coincidence that his death was 139 years to the day that Albert Einstein was born, too. His contributions to the world of cosmology – concerning the birth, evolution and fate of the universe – led to repeat Nobel-prize nominations, particularly for his groundbreaking theory that “black holes ain’t so black” and that some things, dubbed “Hawking radiation”, can escape after all. His last work, entitled “A Smooth Exit from Eternal Inflation”, was submitted just days before he died and could be his most…

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MARISA CANNON A former staff writer at Business Traveller, Marisa Cannon is now a content editor at Cedar Communications, working on British Airways digital platforms. Passionate about luxury travel and business trends, in this issue she reports from the Spanish capital on how a tech revolution has revived Madrid’s fortunes; page 22 MINTY CLINCH Avid golfing enthusiast Minty Clinch has written about the best greens all over the world for publications including the Independent and the Financial Times. In the run-up to the 2020 Olympic Games, Tokyo’s courses are swinging into action so Minty heads to the Japanese capital to highlight a selection of courses, including the official 2020 Olympic course; page 66 APRIL HUTCHINSON A travel journalist and editor for more than 20 years, April Hutchinson is the editor of TTG Luxury, a business…

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elevating the guest experience

Awarded “2017 Best Business Hotel in Taipei” by Business Traveller Asia-Pacific readers, the elegant Shangri-La’s Far Eastern Plaza Hotel, Taipei is going from strength to strength with new offerings for 2018. Standing 43 storeys tall in the heart of Taipei’s premier financial district, the hotel boasts panoramic views of the Taipei skyline with many rooms overlooking the iconic Taipei 101, along with unparalleled service and exquisite décor that blends East and West. The 420 luxuriously appointed guestrooms, including 37 suites, have been designed with the concept of “eternal elegance” inspired by the Song Dynasty, featuring a mix of traditional Chinese décor with modern design details. The majority of rooms feature cosy window seats to create a homey relaxation space and enjoy the impressive views. A highlight of the property is the year-round heated…

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food for the long haul

Qantas’s 17-hour flights between Perth and London took off last month with an in-flight menu designed to help passengers cope with the long flight and reduce jet lag. Working with researchers from the University of Sydney’s Charles Perkins Centre, Qantas has developed dishes that it says will “encourage sleep at optimal times during the flight” by improving passenger hydration. Passengers can expect dishes such as tuna poke salad and salmon, soba and raw zucchini noodles in business class, and marinated beef, citrus, cumin and zucchini salad in premium economy and economy. The airline’s drinks menu, meanwhile, comprises probiotic-infused Botanica cold pressed juice shots to aid hydration, as well as Qantas sleep tisane (herbal tea) and hot chocolate to help passengers fall asleep. qantas.com…

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new airport lounges

CATHAY PACIFIC has opened a new lounge, The Deck (a former Dragonair lounge) at Gate 16. Operated by Sodexo, the facility features familiar favourites such as the Noodle Bar and a unique offering among the carrier’s other Hong Kong lounges in the form of The Terrace – an open-ceiling, L-shaped veranda that overlooks the airport’s apron, taxiways and northern runway. cathaypacific.com BANGKOK AIRWAYS’ new Boutique Lounge and the Blue Ribbon Club at Suvarnabhumi International Airport are located opposite Gate D7 at the airport’s concourse D. Boutique Lounge offers 120 seats and features a computer room, newspapers and snacks such as popcorn. The smaller Blue Ribbon Club has 50 seats, also featuring a selection of hot foods, a private shower room and a massage service. bangkokair.com MALAYSIA AIRLINES has reopened its Satellite Golden…

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park hyatt aims high in kl

MALAYSIA will be getting its first Park Hyatt-branded hotel in 2021, situated in what is set to become Southeast Asia’s tallest skyscraper, the PNB 118 tower in Kuala Lumpur. The new Park Hyatt Kuala Lumpur will occupy the top 17 floors of the upcoming 118-storey tower, which is also set to be the third tallest skyscraper in the world when it opens in 2020. A total of 232 rooms – including 28 suites – will be available in the luxury hotel, plus 30 residential apartments. There will also be a number of residential-style spaces including galleries and libraries. Three on-site restaurants and bars will be open to guests and visitors, comprising a signature restaurant as well as a “skyline-level” restaurant and bar. hyatt.com…