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Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Edition

Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Edition January - February 2019

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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Welcome to Business Traveller Asia-Pacific’s first issue of 2019 – and the first put to bed by me, your new editor. Our deputy editor Craig Bright was uninspired by Air China’s International Business Lounge in Beijing (page 65). Not only did security treat him rudely, but the lounge was overcrowded. This problem seems to extend to other airports in China. A Shanghai-based executive, who flies on average two return trips a month on Chinese domestic carriers, tells me he finds China Eastern’s Shanghai lounges in both Hongqiao and Pudong airports to be “always packed”. “All lounges in China have this problem: too crowded, and seats and facilities are not properly maintained,” he says. Okko Kuivalainen, the subject of our “Air Miles” interview (page 14), recently travelled to Guilin and tried the lounge at…

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this issue’s picks

BEATING THE FIREWALL How to choose the best virtual private network (VPN) to ensure privacy and security on your devices when travelling VEGETARIANS REJOICE Buddhism has always given vegetarianism a place in Asia, but plant-based offerings are just getting better and better CHILD LABOUR CONCERNS No one quite seems able to tell us exactly where the cobalt used in aircraft engines comes from SEXISM IN THE SKY Business Traveller Asia-Pacific’s former editor Tamsin Cocks excoriates airlines that treat their cabin crew as sexual objects…

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DAVID PHELAN London-based David Phelan has been analysing the latest gadgets for around 20 years, during which time things have changed quite a lot – although less than you might think. He regularly travels to tech launches, including recently in San Jose, New York and Las Vegas. In this age of constant connectivity, business travellers must stay online whenever and wherever they can, making protecting one’s data while connected more important than ever. David dives into the world of virtual private networks on page 44. CHRIS DWYER Hong Kong-based freelance food and travel writer Chris Dwyer contributes regularly to publications including CNN.com, BBC Travel and the South China Morning Post. With a particular interest in produce, he has reported on jamón ibérico in southern Spain, caviar in China, pufferfish in Japan and even…

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shifting alliances

BIG SHAKE-UPS are under way at two of the world’s three major airline alliances with China Southern officially beginning its departure from Skyteam at the beginning of this year. Oneworld is also bringing on board its first new full member in six years, Royal Air Maroc, in mid-2020. China Southern’s decision ends months of speculation over the future of China’s largest carrier in Skyteam, which in recent years has enhanced its collaboration with non-member airlines, notably Oneworld’s American Airlines. The process of leaving Skyteam is expected to take until the end of 2019, though it remains to be seen whether the airline would be able to join its US partner in Oneworld afterwards, considering the pressure such a move could place on Hong Kong-based founding member Cathay Pacific. That being said, Oneworld…

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rosewood hong kong set for launch

THE ROSEWOOD HONG KONG has been given an official opening date of March 17 this year, finally marking the debut property in the city for Rosewood Hotels and Resorts. The new hotel, which has now begun accepting bookings, is located next to the Victoria Harbour waterfront in the city’s Tsim Sha Tsui district. Rosewood Hong Kong fills a notable gap in the portfolio of Hong Kong-based Rosewood Hotels and Resorts, which currently doesn’t operate a property in its home market. The new hotel will take up residence on the site of the former New World Centre, with 43 of the building’s 65 storeys dedicated to the hotel and its associated residences. Overall, the property will offer 322 rooms and 91 suites, with 80 per cent of guestrooms offering views of Victoria…

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new sofitel bedding for hainan airlines

BUSINESS CLASS passengers flying on select long-haul Hainan Airlines services to overseas destinations are getting a significant upgrade to their bedding with a new range of products from Sofitel being rolled out by the Chinese carrier. The new products form part of the hotel brand’s popular Sofitel MyBed collection and include a waist cushion, full-size pillows, a duvet, bed sheet, feather topper and blanket. Hainan Airlines has also employed its latest Dream Feather design for the high-thread-count duvet covers, pillowcases and bed sheets. If you find yourself flying business class with Hainan Airlines on its services departing Beijing, Haikou, Changsha, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Xian, Shanghai, Tianjin, Chengdu or Chongqing, keep an eye out. hainanairlines.com…