Newsletter - September 2008

HEADLINES

1 CWT Predicts Whopping 2009 Airfare Hikes
2 Only 4 days and 4 seats remaining for our Autumn Forum
3 American Airline First to Go Online In-Flight
4 Go for Green
5 New Kingfisher service
6 Hilton now in Moscow
7 Fine dining arrives at St Pancras
8 All Quiet in the City
9 Rezidor grows in Russia
10 BA to increase excess bag charges
11 Corporate Manslaughter Act
12 Food Cutback on United

  1. CWT Predicts Whopping 2009 Airfare Hikes

    Carlson Wagonlit Travel in a report to clients last week said that international and US domestic airfares would undergo double-digit percentage increases in 2009, while it expects hotel rates to climb modestly and rental car rates to remain flat.

    CWT said US domestic airfares are likely to rise by up to 12 percent in 2009, while international airfares are expected to increase between 16 and 20 percent, attributing much of that staggering growth to high fuel costs, new fees and surcharges and capacity cuts, the bulk of which take hold in the latter half of 2008.

    CWT in its forecast said preferred supplier adoption, advance airfare purchases and use of restricted airfares, among other cost-saving tactics, could help companies in tempering the expected fare increases.

    Source BTN Online full story

  2. Only 4 days and 4 seats remaining for our Autumn Forum

    This is the Sixteenth Forum we have organised over the past ten years, and the third with ACTE Global - this event will be held in London at the centrally located Hotel Hesperia-Victoria London - for further information concerning the venue click here

    In order to secure one of the last seats click here

  3. American Airline First to Go Online In-Flight

    American Airlines Inc. became the first U.S. airline to launch wireless broadband access in-flight, turning a time robbing flight into a productive workday and launching a service that industry officials say will soon be a necessity to attract the lucrative business travellers.

    American Airlines announced broadband service on its Boeing 767-200 aircraft for nonstop flights to New York and from San Francisco, Los Angeles and Miami.

    The company launched the service Gogo last Wednesday. Aircell, which obtained an exclusive frequency license from the Federal Commission Communications, will provide Wi-Fi in all cabins.

    American isn't the only carrier planning broadband service. Delta Air Lines Inc. has announced it would install Aircell's service across its 133 McDonald-Douglas MD-88/90 jets this fall, and would have it available throughout its 330 mainline jets by mid-2009.

    And Virgin America Inc. is expected to have Aircell's system up and running across its fleet by the end of this year.

    Source TravelMole USA full story by Karen Loftus

  4. Go for Green

    Exclusive Hotels recently unveiled its latest innovation, Exclusively Green Conferencing - this is a collaboration between the conference team and clients and an extension to the Company’s existing green initiatives.

    Acting upon a survey conducted amongst regular clients and bookers, meeting rooms now offer pencils made from recycled CD cases, blotters from recycled car tyres, coasters created from recycled vending cups and an organiser’s tool box made from 100% recycled card.

    In addition, Exclusive Hotels’ Food Heroes initiative ensures local suppliers are supported, with only the best seasonal produce used to develop varied banquet menus with fresh ingredients and even the chosen water supplier, Hildon Water, is in close proximity to Lainston House, one of the four Exclusive Hotels.

    Source TravelMole full story

  5. New Kingfisher service

    Indian airline Kingfisher announced last Thursday the launch of its daily non-stop service between Bangalore and London Heathrow. The route, to commence on September 3, is the airline’s first international service. Tickets are now on sale.

    Inflight entertainment will include live TV channels BBC World, CNN International, Bloomberg and Eurosport/ESPN via satellite to every seat, plus some 357 hours of programming on 36 channels.

    Kingfisher Airlines will operate a new Airbus A330-200 on the route with two classes of service. Food onboard will be provided by London's Chutney Mary's restaurant. There will be webchat and email, USB connectors and in-seat plug/chargers available throughout the aircraft.

    In Kingfisher First, guests will be offered in-seat massagers, a bar with a bartender, a jacket pressing service, and spectacles cleaning.

    Source - Business Traveller.com full report by Sara Turner

  6. Hilton now in Moscow

    Hilton Hotels has made history by opening its first property in Russia. The 273-room Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya is housed in one of the city’s famous “Seven Sisters” skyscrapers.

    The 28-storey Hilton Moscow Leningradskaya is located on Komsomolskaya Square in the centre of the city, served by the Leningradsky, Yaroslavsky and Kazansky rail termini. The hotel’s 273 rooms start from 25 sqm, and feature 32-inch LCD flatscreen TVs, wifi internet access, laptop-size safes, UK power sockets and separate baths and showers.

    Dining options include Janus restaurant, open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and serving Russian specialities, as well as the Lobby Lounge (open 7am-12pm), set among the hotel’s marble columns and bronze statues, and Leningrad Bar, open 5pm-2am daily.

    The hotel has a fitness centre, swimming pool and solarium, and for meetings there is a ground-floor ballroom holding up to 350 delegates, and six meeting rooms.

    Source Business Traveller.com full report by Mark Caswell

  7. Fine dining arrives at St Pancras

    St Pancras International’s redevelopment nears completion on September the 3rd, when Searcys opens its St Pancras Grand restaurant, situated opposite their Grand Champagne Bar on the station’s Upper Concourse.

    Promising to “combine the romance of travel from a bygone era and quintessentially British dining”, diners will be able to choose from a locally sourced all-day menu, as well as breakfast, elevenses and afternoon tea.

    Open daily between 7am and midnight, the 200 capacity restaurant will feature a casual bar area, leather booths, oyster bar and an outside seating area.

    For more information visit http://www.searcys.co.uk/

    Source Air & Business Travel News full report by Andrew Gough

  8. All Quiet in the City

    Passengers departing from London City Airport now experience a silent terminal with no tannoy announcements made throughout the departure lounge.

    The move follows extensive research carried out at London City Airport where satisfaction levels have continued to increase with passengers describing the airport as ‘having a relaxed environment’.

    The new policy will mean no flight and gate announcements will be made, instead all information will be displayed on information screens that are located throughout the lounge and restaurants.

    London City Airport recently extended its departure lounge to accommodate more seating, retail outlets, a sports lounge and the new Bar Ten 28.

    For more news of London City Airport click here

  9. Rezidor grows in Russia

    The 173-room Park Inn Volgograd is scheduled to open in spring 2010, followed by the Park Inn Kaliningrad, with 276 rooms, in early 2011. The Radisson Grand Hotel Rostov-on-Don, with 520 rooms, will open mid 2011. All three are new-builds.

    The Park Inn Volgograd will be located alongside the river Volga, close to the city centre, and is one of the key stops on the route of city cruises. The train station, with links to Moscow, Ukraine, the Caucasus and Siberia, is seven kilometres away, while Volgograd international airport is 14 kilometres away. The hotel will offer a restaurant, two bars, and 1,000 sqm of conference space.

    The Park Inn Kaliningrad will be situated in the heart of the city, next to the Radisson SAS Kaliningrad – which is due to open in 2009, and 24 kilometres from Kaliningrad airport. Services will include a restaurant, a lobby bar and lounge, a fitness centre, a Paulaner mini-brewery and more than 1,500 sqm of conference space.

    Source Business Traveller - click on this full report by Sara Turner

  10. BA to increase excess bag charges

    British Airways will start to charge a £25 fee for bags weighing over 23kg and below 32kg from 26 November, the airline has announced. The Heavy Bag Charge can only be paid at the airport. Bags weighing more than 32kg will not be accepted.

    Meanwhile, from 1 September, the airline will increase excess baggage charges that are paid at the airport by 20%. In a bid to encourage people to prepay these charges online, anyone who pays the charges via the ba.com website in advance will receive a 20% discount.

    The airline says that previously arranged corporate deals on baggage limits will remain unchanged.

    Source Business Travel World online BTW stories

  11. Corporate Manslaughter Act

    If you are uncertain how this you then you might like to downlod a copy by clicking here

    If you would also like to hear how other users have been affected then you might consider attending our Forum this coming Thursday, here we will be examining what this legislation really means to you and your business with three industry experts including Cynthia Barbor, a partner with the law firm K L Gates, Matthew Judge, the MD of the security specialists The Anvil Group, and providing the view of the human resources function from the TMC’s perspective we have Sue Kavanagh the former head of HR with Carlson Wagonlit.

    To find out more click here.

  12. Food Cutback on United

    United Airlines is to start charging for meals in economy class on all international routes from Washington with the exception of its 12-hour Kuwait service.

    The new charges come into force on 1 October.

    The airline will also scrap complimentary meals on all domestic business class services except those between New York and Los Angeles and San Francisco, according to a memo from management to cabin staff obtained by the San Francisco Chronicle.

    Economy passengers on international flights from Chicago O'Hare Airport and United's other hubs will continue to receive free hot meals for the time being. However, this policy could change, subject to the results of a survey of passengers on Washington routes.

    Food in first and business class cabins on all international flights will remain free of charge.

    Source E-Tid full report

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