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Business Traveller

July / August 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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United Kingdom
Perry Publications Limited
R 77,89

in this issue

8 min
mexican wave

One of the most evocative sites – and sights – of Mexico’s Riviera Maya is El Castillo. Its pale grey stone blocks stand high above a sandy beach edged by palm trees swaying in the breeze, its façade impassively looking out to the Caribbean Sea. The surrounding temples once protected ships with power from a God whose followers have long departed, and whose rituals have been forgotten. Well, almost forgotten, although experts have made educated guesses. Information boards with QR codes allow you to read in great detail about the past and purpose of the ancient Tulum site. And, just as historians had to clear trees and bushes from the area to reveal its hidden buildings, so, too, do these boards clear away a lot of misconceptions. For instance, El Castillo isn’t…

3 min

1 BRISTOL TEMPLE MEADS STATION Bristol’s main rail hub is located in Redcliffe, about 15 minutes’ walk from the city centre, and was designed 180 years ago by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, making it the oldest station in the city. As you exit the main entrance, turn on to the slip road on the left (Lower Approach Road). You’ll spy a series of street artworks that juxtapose strikingly with the station’s Gothic façade in the background. Highlights include a colourful collaboration between Copyright and Paul Monsters of a woman with butterfly wings, and posters paying tribute to the NHS. These give you a first taste of the city’s rich graffiti scene, which exploded in the 1980s and counts Banksy as a participant. The Visit Bristol website lists some of the elusive artist’s…

4 min
the going is rough

Travelling frequently to Europe? There are more hurdles to overcome than in the Grand National. This year has seen many changes to the way we fly, from undergoing Covid screening before travel to pre-booking tests for your arrival home. Slightly lost in this has been what has changed for those of us who are frequent business and leisure travellers to Europe who are not European citizens. Since March 2021, the only way to overcome the 90-day maximum stay in 180 days rule has been to apply for a long-stay Schengen visa. I’ve just attempted the tortuous course and can report that there are more jumps to clear than for two circuits of Aintree. Before you attempt it, I should tell you that most European countries have delegated the visa process (but not…

3 min
kingsland locke, london

BACKGROUND Open since May, this is the eighth outpost for the design-focused aparthotel brand Locke, which has properties in the UK, Ireland and Germany. It is part of the Edyn group, which also includes Saco serviced apartments. WHAT’S IT LIKE? The new-build draws inspiration from its surroundings and is aimed at younger business travellers. The design, by Red Deer Architects, features industrial-style elements, bold prints and glass walls that let in light and give the sense of a shared environment. Sustainability is a focus, with eco-friendly amenities and plenty of greenery. To the left of reception is Shaman coffee bar, followed by a co-working area with communal tables, lounge seating and plenty of plug sockets. This space has its own street entrance and an oval bar. Stairs take you down to…

1 min
doubletree london westminster rebrands as curio property

HILTON HAS REBRANDED its Doubletree by Hilton London Westminster property under the group’s Curio Collection portfolio. Located on John Islip Street, the hotel is now known as the Westminster London following “a multimillion-pound” conversion. It has 464 rooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows, 50-inch TVs, Nespresso machines and “giant high-pressure rainfall showers”. Food and drink options include STK Steakhouse, with its own bowling alley, and Bao Yum Café. Other facilities include a 13th-floor gym with Thames views and five meeting rooms.…

1 min
singapore airlines to restart flights from manchester

SINGAPORE AIRLINES PLANS to restart services from Manchester on July 17, with three-times weekly flights operated by an A350-900 aircraft. The carrier said it also hopes to resume onward flights from Manchester to Houston. Karen Smart, Manchester airport’s managing director, said: “Singapore Airlines is one of our longest-serving airlines and its routes have been extremely popular with passengers from across the north over the years." “We look forward to working with our colleagues at Singapore Airlines to make this returning service a success, especially given the destination’s inclusion on the UK government’s green list. Together, we hope to be able to relaunch the Houston service as soon as possible once travel to and from the United States is opened up.”…