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High Flying Kids

“Are we there yet?” will be a phrase of the past on long flights as British Airways has launched the new ‘Skyflyers’ activity pack. Designed and developed with Disney, the new packs are designed to amuse and entertain even the most energetic of young flyers. The younger lot need varied and frequent new activities to keep them amused and entertained. Capitalising on Disney’s vast knowledge and experience of how children interact and respond to different characters and activities, the packs have been developed focusing on two key age groups - 3 to 7 and 8 to 12. For ‘Junior’ flyers, the Winnie the Pooh bag comes packed with plenty to do. The 3 to 7 years olds will receive an exciting activity magazine full of games, colouring and story telling, crayons, an eraser, pencil and topper. Committed to being cool, pre-teens will love the exclusively designed street-cred style Mickey Mouse bag filled with activities to keep them occupied in the air and on the ground.


Club Royale Lounges
The stylish new Air Sahara lounge facilities have commenced operation at departure halls in Delhi, Lucknow and Mumbai. The endeavour is to provide a comfortable and peaceful environment for passengers, who might want to unwind before they board their flights. Air Sahara business class passengers and frequent flyer members can also avail of these services. The amenities range from the most basic hot and cold towel service and washroom facilities for a hurried passenger to a delightful selection of food items for the more relaxed. A hostess will be present to guide passengers and inform them of services offered.

Food and alcohol will be catered to by a five-star hotel chain and will include non-vegetarian and vegetarian snacks. Other facilities include work-space for the corporate traveller, while for those who prefer a little entertainment, there is provision of World Space Music system. For passengers at Delhi and Mumbai, the airline will now provide the convenience of a pick-up and drop facility from city centre or major city landmarks to the airport and drop at a convenient city landmark at the destination city. This solution to the transportation woes of passengers is a complimentary service.


Colours Of Malaysia
Citrawana Malaysia, the month-long showcase of rich Malaysian culture and tradition, starts May 26 throughout the country. Popularly known as ‘Colours Of Malaysia’, this event is a celebration of the diverse cultures that make up the 12 different states of Malaysia. To celebrate the distinctly Malaysian heritage, a spectacular parade bearing the theme ‘Colours of Malaysia’ will be held on May 26, 2002, in Kuala Lumpur. The participants dressed in coloured costumes portray the legends of their respective states through ornate dances, that aptly showcases the rich legacy of Malaysian arts and culture.

Tee Off With SWISS
The newly revamped SWISS has launched a top-flight golf club. The major benefits include:
  • Free transport for golfing baggage throughout the entire SWISS route network (except on charter flights), when you register, you receive an exclusive travelling cover for your golf bag.
  • Special terms for golf courses, hotels and golf lessons around the world.
  • Exclusive SWISS Golf Traveller trips with specially selected golfing programmes and a variety of additional entertainment.
  • Opportunity to play in the popular SWISS Golf Trophies tournaments in Switzerland.
  • Professional advice on questions concerning all aspects of golf from the SWISS Golf Traveller Info Desk.
  • Quarterly newsletter containing the latest information on the club.
  • You need no handicap in order to register and you do not have to belong to a golf club. As a SWISS Golf Traveller member, you are also automatically a member of Qualiflyer, the SWISS frequent flyer programme.

For more information e-mail: golf@swiss.com


Patriotic Indian Summer
Nothing captures the essence of India better than its cuisine. So if you are in London this summer, do drop in at Chor Bizarre and get a free welcome drink, (wine, beer or scotch). Not just this, your business card showing an Indian address gets you 15 per cent off, and if you happen to bring along a copy of our bill from Chor Bizarre Delhi, you get 50 per cent off on food at Chor Bizarre London - our way to toast ‘Chor Bizarre Regulars’. This offer is valid till 15 August, 2002. And for those of you who aren’t going to be in London this summer, there is reason to be at Chor Bizarre Delhi. For it promises to be a Cool Summer at the restaurant with a wonderfully refreshing menu.

Briefcase

CX Voted Asia’s Top Airline
Cathay Pacific Airways’ (CX) decision to invest in superior product and services, even during the current industry downturn, has been rewarded with the carrier being named Best Airline-Asia in a global poll of more than four million travellers. In the survey, conducted between August 2001 and March 2002 by UK-based consulting firm Skytrax, Cathay Pacific was also voted Best Airline Trans-Pacific and was overall ranked as the number-two airline in the world. Despite the current world recession, Cathay Pacific has stood out from the competition by publicly committing to maintaining the momentum of its product enhancements. The airline’s acclaimed new Business Class product - launched at the end of last year - will next month have been installed on one-third of its long-haul fleet. The airline’s new Business Class product features one of the longest and widest stretch-flat seats in the sky, an exclusive bar and reception area for passengers to meet and mingle in-flight, and a private dressing room. Cathay Pacific is the only airline in the world to offer an onboard high-speed data network for in-flight e-mail.

Revolutionary Products
Members of US Airways frequent flyer programme, Dividend Miles, can look forward to even more benefits. The airline is teaming with Space Adventures, a five-year-old space tourism company, to let its customers redeem frequent flyer miles to break free of the earth’s gravitational pull. Passengers who will accumulate 10 million miles - the equivalent of roughly 20 round trips to the moon or 2000 US coast to coast round trips - can cash in on the coveted Sub-Orbital Space flight, the first private spacecraft set to take passengers into space in a few years. Two or three US Airways frequent flyers are already nearing the 10 million benchmark, while several corporate accounts already qualify.

Accolades For The Oberoi
Leading business hotels of the Oberoi Group - The Oberoi, New Delhi, The Oberoi, Mumbai, and The Oberoi, Bangalore, have been voted the most popular hotels in their respective cities by Asiamoney magazine’s 10th annual travel poll conducted across 20 countries in Asia, Australia, Europe and North America. Asiamoney, a Euromoney publication, is the leading authority on finance, banking, investment and treasury in the Asia-Pacific. It is the most influential financial magazine in Asia. The votes are based on an exhaustive survey that takes location, good in-room facilities, personalised customer services, hi-tech business equipment and excellent English communication skills amongst others as the top consideration for a first class business hotel.

Personal Shopping By Sheraton
Sheraton Grande Laguna Phuket is proud to introduce its newest exciting service ‘Personal Shopping by Sheraton’, which provides a personalised and professional shopping experience to its guests. This special service is offered to assist its guests, who have limited time in Phuket, and would like to take advantage of the wonderful local and international shopping available on the island. The service is delivered by well-trained personal shopping assistants. They discuss with guests their shopping needs and also recommend the best place and items to purchase. They also accompany the guests on shopping trips to assist them to find the best quality products at the best prices. With the guidance of a Personal Shopping assistant, guests will have no difficulties in finding their shopping needs. Besides, they can also enjoy the fun in discovering many unique items in the small shops located in small alleys in the old Phuket town, at the same time, explore the old part of Phuket town. Many of the shops in this area are built centuries ago in an old Chinese Row shop style. Apart from this, the hotel is also currently developing a brand new fitness centre.

Arts & Delights At Vienna
Vienna has a wealth of cultural and culinary treats in store for visitors in 2002. The attractions include the new MuseumsQuartier Wien (MQ), the Life Ball with Sir Elton John, daily waltz concerts in the refurbished Kursalon, the world premiere of the musical Wake up and inline skating around downtown every Friday. What’s more Vienna boasts delightful oases of green and exclusive stores spanning the imperially nostalgic to the fashionably trendy. Vienna’s restaurant and bar scene is booming. The Ma’estro opened at the Konzerthaus only a few weeks ago. Its menu spans classic Viennese dishes and finest nouvelle cuisine, all served in a carefully adapted art nouveau setting. Imperial flair coupled with dynamic vitality is also the order of the day at Demel, the former imperial confectioners.

Healthy Living
Urban life is becoming very fast and one finds very little time to exercise. But for all those health freaks in Kolkata, who are concerned about the health and physique, there is definitely good news. Hotel Hindustan International, Kolkata, has recently thrown open its newly renovated health club and gym - ‘The Verve’ - the one-stop shop for total body fitness. The timings are flexible from 6:30 am till 9:30 pm to appeal to a large cross-section of customers. The state-of-the-art fitness equipment at Verve ranges from multi-gym facilities to a walker and stepper to cycling and rowing machines. These will be available for use by both guests at the hotel as well as non-guests. A dietician will be available once a week to look into a member’s diet. Though the gym is unisex, there will be separate sauna and steam facility for ladies and gents. Apart from the usual multi-gym equipment, steam and sauna facilities, a brand new oxyzone parlour is another attractive feature of Verve, offering refreshing aroma baths and a mouthful of pure oxygen. Members can also opt for physiotherapy and avail of a personal diet chart. The target clientele are senior executives/managers of different corporate houses, who have little time for regular health check-ups. Here they would get to know their basic health condition and can be treated accordingly, the hotel authorities claim. There are four different membership packages, which include access to the Oxyzone, Winning Streak, the sports bar and the swimming pool.