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Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Edition

Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Edition July - August 2017

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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13 min

Craig Bright compiles the latest news from businesstraveller.com/asia-pacific Gulf carriers suspend flights to and from Doha AIRLINES including Etihad Airways, Emirates and Gulf Air have suspended all flights to and from Doha, following the decision by Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain, the UAE, the Maldives and Yemen to cut diplomatic ties with Qatar. In response, Qatar Airways suspended all flights to Saudi Arabia, the UAE, Egypt and Bahrain (until further notice at time of writing). According to reports, the four Arab countries have accused Qatar of “destabilising the region” through its support for terrorist groups including IS and al-Qaeda, a claim strongly denied by Doha. etihad.com, emirates.com, gulfair.com, qatarairways.com Marriott builds its independent hotel portfolio MARRIOTT International has revealed growth targets for its portfolio of independent hotel brands, which it says, “underscores the demand Marriott is seeing…

3 min

1 PETTAH FLOATING MARKET Colombo is a vibrant city with a long colonial history and exciting modern developments. Begin by visiting Pettah floating market, found on the banks of Beira Lake in Fort, the financial district. Opened in 2014, the 92 floating stalls sell a diverse range of clothes, shoes, fabric, gadgets and jewellery. Souvenirs here are cheap but be prepared to haggle. As you walk through the busy crowds – a mixture of tourists and local shoppers – you’ll see freshly made dishes being prepared at local food stalls. Make sure you grab some roti (flat bread) as you wander past the market’s pavilions. By now you will have noticed the prominent smell of Beira Lake, an ongoing issue in the area. Once you’ve finished, exit the markets to the…

9 min
at home abroad

Serviced apartments have always been a good choice for long-stay business guests or relocating families: there’s more space, cosy living areas to ward off homesickness, and kitchens that offer independence. For the regular business traveller, however, the convenience and luxury of hotel facilities often wins. But changing trends and a new generation of travellers are shaking up the market. New entrants like Airbnb, while grabbing a slice of the pie, have also opened up the concept of apartment stays to a new demographic – suddenly it’s not just feasible, it’s cool. Serviced residence operators have also been busy reinventing themselves, updating their offerings to court a more diverse audience of millennials, leisure travellers and business travellers on short hops. Livin’ la vida local A key differentiator for serviced apartments is still that “residential” appeal…

5 min
united b777-300er polaris business san francisco–hong kong

BACKGROUND United took delivery of its first B777-300ER in January this year, named the “New Spirit of United”. The aircraft began international services between San Francisco and Hong Kong in March, supplanting the regular B747 service. CHECK-IN I arrived at San Francisco’s international terminal at 1115 for flight UA869, scheduled to depart at 1300. I had already checked in online and had no problems dropping my luggage at the bag drop counter. Border security was extremely thorough, but 15 minutes later I was airside. LOUNGE Normal business class ticket holders have access to the United Club Lounge, located just a few minutes’ walk from security (open 5am-midnight). Currently construction work is ongoing – they are building a new Polaris Lounge – but there was still plenty of space, although this lounge can and…

3 min
lifestyle news

STYLE Poolside perfection GET ready for summer with these new beach-ready tote bags, a collaboration between premium luggage manufacturer Tumi and British luxury swimwear brand Orlebar Brown, known for its photographic prints. The Tumi x Orlebar Brown four-piece tote collection draws inspiration from Slim Aarons’ iconic pictures of Riviera and Palm Beach life during the 1960s. Each tote has a waterproof rubber base, making it an ideal companion for a day spent by the sea. From HK$2,810 (US$360). tumi.com and orlebarbrown.com STAY Hoi An hiatus LUXURY resort La Siesta Hoi An Resort & Spa (formerly The Essence Hoi An Hotel and Spa) has completed a major expansion, refurbishment and rebrand. The new East Wing boasts a 37-room annexe, encompassing a spa, saltwater pool and fine-dining Temple restaurant. Poolside suites come with private Swedish saunas, Duplex…

2 min
welcome home

At the end of the day, it’s people that make (or break) one’s accommodation experience: the helpful concierge who finds sold-out theatre tickets, the friendly housekeeping staff who smiles and greets you by name, the breakfast server who gives you a wink and an extra pastry… At Lanson Place, dedicated, genuine customer care is at the heart of the experience. Guests aren’t seen as customers – they’re family. This is exemplified by the regular programme of activities that are specifically designed to help guests feel comfortable in their new home, as CEO Marc Hediger explains: “We offer our best concierge service to help our guests to settle down in a foreign country. For example, we bring guests who are new to the city to local markets to buy fresh produce, or organise…