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Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Edition

Business Traveller Asia-Pacific Edition June 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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5 min
malaysian spice

Penang’s new SPICE Convention Centre, the flagship events space in the Setia SPICE complex, opened its doors in early March. The impressive new facility marks the first step in turning the Malaysian state, known for its multicultural identity and the heritage of its capital George Town, into an international business events destination. Penang has long done well with incentives and smaller meetings, due in no small part to the charms of George Town’s architecture and food. According to the Penang Convention and Exhibition Bureau’s 2016 review, the state hosted 1,251 events over the year, with a total of 142,000 participants having an estimated economic impact of about RM808 million (US$184 million). Now it wants to up its game, to handle more – and bigger – events. In realising that dream, SPICE –…

1 min

MARK GRAHAM, a Beijing-based freelance writer, was training for a half marathon while researching our Beijing restaurant feature (“In-house haute cuisine”, page 76). Which was just as well, given the kilo-loading potential of the superb fare he sampled. “Naturally, it’s the best place on the planet for Peking duck,” he says. Western food has raised its game, too, as he discovered on his (full) marathon culinary mission. JENNY SOUTHAN is the features editor of Business Traveller UK. For her article on DNA testing (“All in the genes”, page 72), she submitted herself to a number of tests freely available to consumers. According to her genes, she is best suited to resistance training, has an increased sensitivity to carbs and is 1 per cent Sardinian – which came as a surprise.…

2 min
ideal for leisure and relaxation

Regal Airport Hotel in Hong Kong is a favourite with road warriors, known for its convenient proximity to Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) as well as premium accommodation and first-rate facilities. In fact, it has been voted the “World’s Best Airport Hotel” by Business Traveller UK for nine years and “Best Airport Hotel in Asia- Pacific” by Business Traveller Asia-Pacific readers for the last 16 years. But the hotel offers much more than just a place to sleep in between flights, and travellers in transit should take advantage of the plethora of leisure options. Of course, the key to any successful “mini break” is good food. At the Regal, guests can enjoy a global feast with six international dining options offering up delicious regional, Western and Halal cuisine. Guests are well placed to take…

6 min
under vietnam’s spell

I’m sipping an espresso at La Terrasse – the Parisian-style pavement bistro of the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi. The hotel lies in the heart of the French Quarter, an area resplendent with colonial architecture, broad, tree-lined boulevards and stunning landmarks like the Hanoi Opera House. The Sofitel Metropole is a prime example – opened in 1901, the beautiful granddame hasn’t aged a day, with a perfect chalk-white, four-storey façade elegantly framed by lofty French windows and dark-green shutters. Except tonight, I can’t see any of these details. The entire street – along with most of the city – has been plunged into darkness for Hanoi’s participation in Earth Hour, a global WWF initiative that sees businesses and landmarks power down to raise awareness of environmental issues. Hushed under total darkness, the effect is…

2 min

Air New Zealand revamps Melbourne lounge Air New Zealand’s recently renovated Melbourne International Airport lounge opened last month after an extensive overhaul and expansion that has grown its seating capacity by 50 per cent. The ground-floor lounge was designed by architectural firm Gensler and design firm Marsen Collective, and follows the style of Air New Zealand’s lounge at Sydney International Airport. It is now split into five separate areas, and features a self-service food buffet, two self-service drink stations and a barista station. The lounge’s enhancement is part of a wider four-year plan that has seen the carrier pour NZ$100 million (US$68 million) into the development of its lounge network. airnewzealand.com Krisflyer and UOB launch new debit card Singapore Airlines’ Krisflyer programme has partnered with United Overseas Bank Limited (UOB) to launch a new Krisflyer…

2 min
accommodating china

Q: As an experienced hotelier in China, what do you think the future holds for the country’s hotel sector? A: The hotel industry in China will continue to bloom due to rapid economic development and increasing consumption levels. In particular, China has become the preferred destination for numerous international large-scale events, exhibitions and trade shows, including Formula One, ATP, the auto show… and a great number of hotels are required to accommodate these events. Additionally, the young generation is now the dominant consumer demographic in the market, and millennials expect a higher quality of lifestyle, service and experiences from a hotel. The result will be that hotel types will become more diversified than ever before, with resorts, leisure and boutique hotels increasing in popularity. Q: Grand Hyatt Shanghai is celebrating its 18th anniversary…