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Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Edition

Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Edition March 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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12 min
beside the border

I wonder aloud if my travel insurance covers hospital visits for severed fingers, hands or limbs “Standing here is safe; standing there is not safe,” the elderly man in the sawdust-covered puffer jacket warns me, before proceeding to set a rusty belt-driven buzz saw standing about three metres tall into motion. I watch anxiously as the machine, emblazoned with four sets of Chinese characters spelling out lucky slogans about thriving business and good health, slices off the whole side of a log with ease. As the serrated blade whirs less than a metre away, I wonder aloud if my travel insurance covers sawmill visits, as well as hospital visits for severed fingers, hands or limbs. But before long the brutalised log comes to an undramatic rest, and the push of a button…

1 min
earn qantas points while you sleep

QANTAS is giving away points for sleeping at a sensible hour; its Frequent Flyer club members can now accrue a small number of points through the Qantas Wellbeing app if they develop a healthy sleeping routine. You won’t get points-rich off the scheme, though: the “Sleep Health Challenge” earns members five Qantas Points per night provided they set a bedtime routine, place their smartphone down at least 30 minutes before going to bed, and refrain from moving it until they wake up the following morning. This rate also drops to just 0.5 miles per night after the first month, unless members are also Qantas Insurance policyholders. qantas.com…

2 min
european luxury in beijing

Kempinski Hotel Beijing Lufthansa Center, Beijing’s first European hospitality pioneer, has unveiled the transformation of its 480 new rooms and suites after the most substantial renovation in its 26-year history. These include a western and oriental presidential suite, a new large Executive Lounge, and a new all-day dining outlet. The hotel is conveniently located in Beijing’s thriving lifestyle, diplomatic, and upper residential district next to the head offices of Fortune 500 companies, embassies, international schools, and renowned shopping centers. The first phase of the US$30-million renovation brings international leisure and business guests timeless elegance, while providing Beijing with a rejuvenated complex that aims at reinterpreting European luxury in modern China. The hotel has long been a preferred local destination for high-level diplomatic and embassy events, official government summits and state visits. “Kempinski has…

1 min
lufthansa sues flight skipper

“HIDDEN CITY” tickets are a travel hack known to many regular travellers, involving intentionally missing out particular legs of a multi-destination itinerary in order to get cheaper flights. But doing so could now land you with more than just a penalty from an airline – it could land you in court. German carrier Lufthansa, which has taken umbrage with the practice, has gone so far as to take legal action against a passenger who skipped the final leg of his flight itinerary, according to CNN. The customer in question had booked a return flight from Oslo to Seattle with a layover in Frankfurt, but on the return journey failed to board the final Frankfurt-Oslo leg of his journey. He instead flew on a Frankfurt-Berlin flight under a separate booking. The carrier is seeking…

1 min
qatar airways plans 50 hotels

QATAR AIRWAYS is planning a rapid expansion of its hotel division, Dhiafatina. The group already has five hotels, including above-pictured Sheraton Melbourne. Speaking at the launch of the new flights to Danang, Qatar Airways' Group CEO Akbar Al Baker detailed expansion plans for the airline and its hospitality division, saying the aim was “to have 50 hotels”, adding that these would be in destinations that the airline flies to (150 and counting, at present), but that the expansion would not be indiscriminate. “We have already turned down three deals this year because when people learn they are dealing with Qatar they think I have a bank in my pocket,” Al Baker said.…

1 min
solar yachting in the mergui archipelago

BURMA BOATING, a sailing firm owned by Myanmar tourism company Memories Group, has recently acquired the solar-powered Silent 55, offering expeditions around the Mergui Archipelago from January 2019. Designed by Silent-Yachts, the 16.7-metre yacht is said to be the first 100 per cent solar-powered boat to sail in Asia, equipped with a fuel-based engine as backup. The power generated by the solar panels allows the catamaran to travel an unlimited distance on an average sunny day, and the two silent 30kW motors allow the boat to reach a maximum speed of 12 knots without the usual generator noises. The S55 can accommodate up to six guests and three crew members and is composed of three levels: the fly bridge offers 360 degrees views; the main deck features a 40 sqm air-conditioned saloon;…