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Business Traveller June 2019

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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, financial and buying property. 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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United Kingdom
Perry Publications Limited
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We’re moving towards the midpoint of the year and by now many of us will have been to more places than we care to remember. Some trips will have gone well, some not so well, and the vast majority will be, well, forgettable. Sometimes I have to go back to my notes or even my diary to work out where I was on a particular day in the previous month, so while I try to remember as much as possible, it’s undoubtedly true that if you travel all the time, much of what happens is no more memorable than another day in the office. It’s understandable, therefore, that we take so much for granted. In fact, what we recall most clearly about our travels is when something goes wrong. Perhaps it…

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DOMINIC BLISS Dominic Bliss is a London-based journalist who writes on travel, sport and general interest. Work assignments have included hiking with Berbers across the Atlas mountains, searching out polar bears in the Arctic, boxing with Amir Khan in Hollywood, and mountain biking in Utah. In this issue he checks out Malta’s thriving business scene; see page 26. GRAHAM BOYNTON A journalist for 40 years, Graham was editor of Business Traveller in the 1980s before helping to launch Conde Nast Traveler in the US. He then returned to the UK as group travel editor of the Telegraph Media Group and is now a freelance writer and co-founder of wildlife NGO Community Conservation Fund Africa. This month he experiences Southern hospitality in Charleston; see page 34. MICHAEL FRENKEL Michael is an investor and adviser in the…

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new-look lounges for ba and star alliance

BRITISH AIRWAYS HAS OPENED its revamped Club lounge at New York JFK’s Terminal 7. It has a bar in partnership with Brewdog and a self-service Quaich Bar in partnership with the Craigellachie hotel in Speyside. It is part of a £52 million investment in the terminal. Star Alliance has also unveiled a new-look lounge at Paris Charles de Gaulle, featuring a garden terrace, quiet working areas and more power sockets. QATAR AIRWAYS IS MAKING a number of enhancements to its in-flight economy dining, including larger meal portions and a wider range of snacks. The newly branded “Quisine” will be rolled out across the airline’s network, starting with Brussels, Cardiff, Gothenburg, Moscow and St Petersburg. Long-haul passengers will get redesigned menu cards with a service timeline, and pre-dinner sparkling wine and cocktail snacks.…

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hotel chains branch out

MARRIOTT IS EXPANDING INTO HOME RENTALS, offering an initial 2,000 properties in 100 destinations across Europe, the US, the Caribbean and Latin America. Homes and Villas by Marriott International is an extension of its Tribute Portfolio Homes pilot, which has been running since last year. Marriott Bonvoy members can earn points at the same ratio as those staying at its hotels. Meanwhile, Accor has unveiled plans to open 1,200 co-working spaces across Europe in the next three years. Marketed under its Wojo brand – which was until recently known as Nextdoor – the venues will span the group’s economy, midscale and luxury segments and range from small Wojo Spots to large Wojo Sites with meeting rooms, kitchens and offices.…

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etihad refreshes narrow-body economy

ETIHAD HAS ANNOUNCED A REFIT of its A320 and A321 aircraft that will see seatback screens in economy replaced by a holder for personal devices and wireless IFE streaming technology. The new “extra-spatial design” seat will be on 23 aircraft by August. Etihad says it will provide more legroom, fast-charging USB points and more than 300 hours of free IFE content for streaming, while “premium TV programming” and movies will be available via an app (picture below). The carrier’s narrow-body A320s and A321s are used on routes of up to five hours; seatback screens will remain standard in economy on the wide-bodied aircraft. The airline is also refreshing soft products on all economy flights, including new blankets, pillows, headrest covers and a revamped dining service with larger main course portions.…

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a sibling for ace hotels

CREATIVE AGENCY ATELIER ACE has launched an affordable offshoot to its hip Ace Hotels chain, located in New York’s Bowery. The 200-room Sister City features interiors inspired by an eclectic mix of “Finnish saunas, bento boxes, rock-cut cliff dwellings and John Cage’s 4’33”, the brand says. Minimalist in style, entry-level rooms start from 12 sqm – enough, the hotel says, for “two small humans” – while the highest category features terraces with city views. The 11th-floor bar, Last Light, has indoor and outdoor spaces and serves wines, cocktails and small plates, while Floret restaurant offers all-day dining and a garden. Standard rates in July start from US$159. sistercitynyc.com…