Newsletter - April 2008

  1. Pretty in Pink

    Hesperia Hotels has launched The Pink Room, bedrooms designed specifically for female guests. The chain is donating €1 per stay to the Spanish Association Against Breast Cancer, with room features including a pink bathrobe, women's magazine, and a cooling gel eye-mask in the minibar. Should be enough to leave female guests tickled pink by their stay!

    Source: BusinessTraveller; further stories

  2. Touch and Go

    A new innovative e-ticketing system from Deutsche Bahn and Vodafone is being tested across Germany by 200 users.

    The e-ticketing concept from Deautche Bahn and Vodafone is based on new mobile phone technology called Near Field Communication (NFC), enabling non-contact data transmission within the distance of a few centimetres.

    The new system is set to transform the mobile phone into a ticket. Travellers will have to sign on before departure by simply holding their phone next to a Touchpoint and sign off again on arrival at their destination.

    Source: Air & Business Travel News; full story

  3. New Police Chief

    Aristide Police has been named chairman of Alitalia following the resignation of Maurizio Prato earlier last week.

    Prato stood down on Wednesday after takeover talks between Air France-KLM and unions representing Alitalia staff broke down.

    In a statement on Thursday Alitalia thanked Prato for his commitment to the airline "and the tasks he carried out during his brief but difficult mandate". He had been in charge since August 2007.

    The airline also said its board still considered AF-KLM's initiative "appropriate to ensure Alitalia's return to a profitable growth".

    Source: E-Tid; further details

  4. Corporate Travel Forum News

    Thanks to the sponsorship and support from BCD Travel and HRS we have been able to extend the early booking discount until the 14th April - which means if you haven't booked yet you can still book a place at the Value for Money ACTE-Global supported Spring Forum and enjoy the opportunity to discuss your travel management experience and problems with experts and your fellow peers.

    Click here to find out more about this totally unique event which has become the benchmark for Educational / Networking events.

    This is an actual transcript from a letter we received following our Forum last October.

    "There are so many of these types of events that you can attend, so I am very careful and selective about the subject matter to ensure I get the most out of being out of the office. The day you organised was truly excellent in it's format, structure and content."

    If you want to make sure of your place for this event that has sold out for the past two years book now by clicking here now.

  5. Numbers

    3.7 billion
    109,983,372.
    811,000
    745,781
    200
    22
    14
    Three
    Two

    No, these are not our lottery  numbers, what these numbers translate to can be found on BusinessTraveller.com; full report by Mark Caswell

  6. Cathay upping the Economy stakes

    New seats, cabin design and in-flight entertainment are being introduced on Cathay Pacific long haul routes.

    The new-look is currently available on one of four flights a day between Heathrow and Hong Kong. It will be installed on all the airline's new aircraft and also retrofitted on long-haul aircraft already in service.

    The economy seat is claimed to be the first in the airline industry to offer a fixed living space and recline without intruding on passengers seated behind. With a "fixed back" design, it allows passenger to recline without encroaching on the personal space of others.

    Other features include a bigger personal television and the introduction of audio and video entertainment on demand.

    Source: TravelMole; full article by Phil Davies

  7. Eastern Increases

    Eastern Airways is ramping up its schedule from Monday 7 April on several key business routes.

    The airline says it will increase from three to four flights a day its services from Leeds Bradford to both Aberdeen and Southampton.

    At the same time, its Newcastle to Cardiff service goes from two to three flights a day while its Manchester to London Stansted service increases from three to four flights a day on Mondays to Thursdays.

    Source: TimesOnline; full story; Eastern Airways

  8. Eos tempts the tastebuds

    Eos, the uncrowded, uncompromising choice for air travel, has introduced an "unairline" new menu for today's business traveller.

    Upon boarding, Guests are welcomed with the new pomegranate vodka cocktail with lemongrass stick, served with Japanese rice crackers. After the towel service, cocktails are served, followed by a passed tasting of canapés, including items like feta zucchini roll, grilled artichoke with pepperonata, and prawn with cucumber.

    Main course options include the Tenderloin Steak Sandwich with herbed sautéed onions and green tomato chutney, served with arugula-frisée mixed salad with spicy lemon dressing; Grilled Scallop and Crabcake Lollipops served with marinated glass noodle salad and soy sauce dip; and Vegetable Curry With Saffron Rice, served with mint raita-arugula-frisée mixed salad and spicy lemon dressing.

    Eos introduces a new menu every six weeks - twice as often as most commercial airlines.

    Further information can be found by clicking here

  9. Doubletree open in the UK

    The UK's first Doubletree by Hilton hotel has celebrated its debut with hotel executives and special celebrities in the heart of one of the world's most renowned and scenic university communities.

    The Doubletree by Hilton Cambridge Garden House represents a new addition and an important milestone to a fast-growing portfolio of nearly 200 upscale, full-service Doubletree hotels and resorts around the world.

    Source: Hotel News; full article; Doubletree by Hilton Cambridge Garden House

  10. Cheaper and Cheapo

    According to a report carried in Air Travel News EuroCheapo.com has announced the launch of CheapoSearch Flights, a new search engine for European budget airlines.

    A Budget airline route finder, with times and prices: Travellers can search for budget routes between thousands of European cities. If a specific route isn't available, EuroCheapo offers suggestions for budget carriers flying into airports within 65 miles.

    Search results also display flight times, along with ticket prices for seats bookable through EuroCheapo's reservation partner wegolo.com. Unfortunately when MS-UK tested the site it kept freezing but this is obviously a teething problem that should be resolved quickly.

    The full story can be found here and the CheapoSearch Flights website can be found here

  11. ACTE add to European Team

    ACTE-Global announced last week the appointment of Christine Dunton-Tinnus and Caroline Allen as their new Regional Directors for Europe. Christine is based in Germany and Caroline will be based in the UK.

    Christine and Caroline will be aided by Jennifer Fitzgerald also in Germany and Pilar Sanchez Aita in Spain.

    Caroline will be well remembered by British Corporate travel buyers for her past role as a Supplier Director of the ITM.

    Source: ACTE Globalink; further information

  12. Thumbs up for St Pancras International

    An independent customer survey of 260 people found that 93% of those interviewed said they were at least "satisfied" with the station while more than half (54%) were "very satisfied".

    Eighty one per cent said St Pancras International had "met or exceeded" expectations. No one said they were "disappointed".

    Source: Travelmole; full article by Phil Davies

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