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Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Edition

Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Edition November 2020 - January 2021

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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1 min
covid-19 cover

A small but growing number of airlines have begun offering free cover for Covid-19-related expenses in a bid to boost confidence in travel. Emirates was the first, in July announcing that it would provide free global cover for Covid-19 health and quarantine expenses for passengers flying to any of its destinations. The airline said that travellers diagnosed with the disease during their travel within 31 days of taking their first flight would be covered for up to €150,000 (US$177,000), including quarantine costs of up to €100 (US$118) per day for 14 days. (The cover ends once the passenger has returned to the point of origin.) Adam Li, Emirates’ vice president for China, said the carrier had received positive feedback about the cover from travellers and the industry at large and that…

3 min
le méridien munich

BACKGROUND This member of Marriott’s “upper upscale” brand opened in 2002. It underwent refurbishment in 2016. WHERE IS IT? Right next to the Hauptbahnhof (central train station) – you can catch the S1 or S8 train from Munich airport. The hotel is opposite the station entrance on the south side. WHAT’S IT LIKE? Modern in style, the nine-floor hotel is set around a courtyard that provides some peace and tranquillity in the centre of the city. Unless you look up and see the flags and signs, it would be easy to pass by without realising you are outside the property, owing to the bright-blue welcome art covering the windows and hiding the lobby. ROOMS There are 381 in total, split across three room categories – Superior (23-28 sqm), Deluxe (29-34 sqm) and Executive…

4 min
taxing times

Of the many industries hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, aviation has taken a particularly big knock. At the height of lockdown in April, flights were down by 94 per cent across the world compared with April 2019. Thousands of airline jobs have been lost, huge bailouts have been granted by governments, and low demand will persist for some time as travel restrictions and social distancing combine with passengers’ reluctance to board planes and get cosy with strangers. We might wonder when air travel will get back to normal. But given that the impending climate emergency has not gone away, perhaps the better question is whether it should it get back to normal at all. FUEL TO THE FIRE First, back to basics. The lifeblood of aviation and the main source of its…

1 min
the big picture

Staring into space The Royal Observatory Greenwich has revealed some of the phenomenal images that were entered into the Insight Investment Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2020 awards. Run in association with asset management company Insight Investment and BBC Sky at Night Magazine, the annual competition received more than 5,000 entries from six continents. German photographer Stefan Liebermann was a runner-up in the Skyscapes category for Desert Magic, a shot depicting the Milky Way from Wadi Rum, Jordan. As Steve Marsh, art editor at BBC Sky at Night Magazine and one of the judges, put it: “The composition of the ground and sky is brilliantly put together and creates a scene almost devoid of life, yet also bursting with it.” You can see the best shots at London’s National Maritime Museum.…

1 min
business traveller

Managing director Julian Gregory Editorial director Tom Otley Director Peggy Teo EDITORIAL Consulting editor Jeremy Tredinnick Online editor Seher Asaf Contributors Paul J Devries, Derek Picot, Richard Tams, Dr Roger Tyers DESIGN Art director Loretta Lam ADVERTISING Singapore & Malaysia – Juliet Lim Email jlim@panaceamedia.com China, Hong Kong, Macau – Iris Yeung Email iyeung@panaceamedia.com Elsewhere – advertising@businesstravellerasia.com ADMINISTRATION Admin & production manager Renee Chiu Circulation manager Allan Chan…

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DEREK PICOT Veteran hotelier Derek has worked in senior positions on five continents, most recently as regional vice president for Jumeirah’s hotels and resorts in Europe. He now consults for hotel owners and luxury developers, advising on design and trends in hospitality. In his regular column (page 54), he takes a wry look at his many peculiar experiences working in the hotel business, which he mined for use in his lockdown mission: writing a novel. RICHARD TAMS Richard is a London-based airline consultant who has worked in Europe, North America and Asia. He spent most of his career at British Airways and has sat on several boards including those of airlines, tour operators and chambers of commerce. He now runs his own consultancy and coaching business, Tailwind Advisory. On page 55 of this…