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Business Traveller May / June 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, 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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in this issue

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Welcome to the May/June issue of Business Traveller. It is a great pleasure to be back, and I hope you are reading this either on your travels or as you plan your next trip. At the time of writing, the rules are carefully and gradually being relaxed, and we have some prospect of being able to resume our lives this summer. No one wants to tempt fate, though – we will all be very cautious, I’m sure, not only in negotiating this new world, but also in making predictions. First, an explanation. The past year has been extremely difficult for everyone and with the passenger fleets of most major airlines grounded and hotels closed for long periods, we at Panacea Media took the decision to suspend publication of Business Traveller UK…

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new routes: gibraltar and jersey

BRITISH AIRWAYS IS SET TO LAUNCH FLIGHTS from London City to Gibraltar and Jersey on June 25. The twice-weekly Embraer E190 services will initially operate as summer seasonal routes, with fares starting from £42 each way to Jersey and £43 each way to Gibraltar (pictured). The airline already flies to Gibraltar from Heathrow and to Jersey from Gatwick. Both destinations are set to welcome a flurry of new services this summer – Loganair will launch flights between Newcastle and Jersey on May 28, while Eastern Airways has announced two new routes to Gibraltar from Birmingham and Southampton.…

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a palatial stay

HYATT HAS UNVEILED THE RESTORED Hotel du Palais Biarritz, which joined the group’s Unbound Collection in 2018. First built in 1854 by Napoleon III for his wife Eugénie de Montijo, it’s the only property on the French Atlantic coast to be recognised with “Palace” status. Most of the 86 rooms and 56 suites have been “meticulously restored to reflect the palace’s iconic past in French history”. Top-floor rooms feature “an extraordinary marine ambiance, highlighted by nautical themes reminiscent of cruise ships with rounded windows and portholes”. Facilities include La Rotonde restaurant, offering dishes from the Pays Basque region, the Napoleon III bar and a 3,000 sqm spa spread over four floors. The hotel will remain open until November 1, when it will close again for the final phase of the restoration programme, reopening…

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take it slow

THE GREEK ISLAND OF ANTIPAROS in the Cyclades will welcome the Rooster on June 1, a boutique hotel that espouses “slow living”. Located on Livadia Beach, it comprises 17 houses, each with private gardens, freshwater pools, outdoor showers, and terraces or sundecks. The interiors feature materials such as wood, marble and cotton. The restaurant has a farm-to-fork philosophy, serving fruit and vegetables from the on-site farm and sourcing other products locally. Guests can also pick ingredients and partake in an outdoor cooking class. Plus, there’s a spa and complimentary yoga and meditation experiences. theroosterantiparos.com…

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airports offering covid-19 tests

Travellers will have to get used to testing requirements should they wish to go on work or leisure trips in the months to come. To encourage the recovery of global travel, airports worldwide have set up Covid-19 test centres ranging from walk-in and drive-through facilities to rapid testing in departure and arrival lounges. Here we round up some of the UK and Ireland airports offering such services. Be aware that not all Covid-19 tests permit entry into every country – see “Which Covid-19 tests allow you to travel?” (businesstraveller.com/tag/pcr-test) for more details. LONDON HEATHROW The airport has partnered with Collinson to offer four types of tests – antibody, antigen, LAMP and PCR. Samples are processed on-site by staff from Prenetics, one of Collinson’s biotech partners. Passengers will need to book their test…

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spending power

There are a number of charges you can face when paying with plastic abroad. Pick the right card and you can eradicate most of these, making foreign transactions much cheaper. First, consider the cost of converting your money into the local currency. Just like when you buy currency at a foreign exchange, the rate can vary between different card providers. Your provider will use an exchange rate set by Mastercard, Visa or American Express – these are all very close to the “spot” price so offer a better rate than you would get at a foreign exchange. Of the three, Mastercard tends to offer a slightly better exchange rate than Visa or American Express but it is a small difference. For example, at the time of writing Mastercard was offering €1,157…