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Gourmet Dining In The Clouds
Lufthansa’s First and Business class guests will be spoiled for choice this June by no one less than the icon of international cuisine, Paul Bocuse. This will be the latest highlight in the already successful and well established on-board service programme ‘Star Chefs’. The Star Chefs working for this programme do so exclusively for Lufthansa during their tenure with the airline and alternate every two months. The airline has also announced an attractive Bonus Miles offer for its Miles & More frequent flyer programme members as well as customers purchasing return journey tickets, to coincide with the launch of its non-stop daily services out of Mumbai, which commenced from April 1, 2002. All customers travelling between April 1 until June 30, 2002, on Lufthansa from Mumbai, will earn 7,500, 5,000 and 2,500 bonus miles for travel in First, Business and Economy class respectively, in addition to their actual miles accrued. This offer is valid for all return journeys until June 30, 2002.

Shop Till You Drop
India’s shopaholics should head to Singapore between May 24 and July 7 for the annual Great Singapore Sale (GSS). This exciting event sees bargains on the best merchandise in a multitude of shopping complexes and mammoth stores around the island. From the latest electronic goods to the trendiest fashion items, Singapore boasts an extensive range and high quality of merchandise. The GSS offers unbelievable markdowns of up to 70 per cent on branded goods, electrical appliances, fashion apparel, jewellery and more. Shoppers will be spoilt for choice as stores woo with attractive promotions, freebies, and great entertainment. For the first time, consumers can look forward to a truly island wide promotion that cuts across all sectors, thanks to VISA’s Islandwide Instant Win & Grand Lucky Draw. Using your VISA card during the GSS could make you S$ 50,000 richer! Simply spend S$ 50 on your VISA card , and you will qualify to enter a series of lucky draws.

The Class Act
British Airways (BA) has introduced a new class of travel for long haul economy passengers called World Traveller Plus. This unique new service is aimed at the cost-conscious business traveller and discerning leisure passenger who want more space and privacy than in World Traveller. It features a dedicated cabin, wider seats and technology to work or relax. It follows extensive research, which showed that customers wanted greater comfort and quality at an affordable premium. BA is the first major airline to offer four cabins for travel on a worldwide network. The new service is a key element of the airline’s revolutionary programme of product improvement - its biggest ever yet - that will redefine business travel for the 21st century and set new benchmarks for comfort and innovation. A dedicated cabin with new interiors sets it apart from World Traveller, with five rows of 2-4-2 configuration offering up to 40 seats on the airline’s fleet of B747s and B777 aircraft. The new wider seat boasts greater legroom and fully adjustable headrest, footrest and lumbar support. In-seat power and telephones give passengers the opportunity to work.

New Look At Hyatt Regency
Hyatt Regency Delhi has recently completed an extensive refurbishment programme for all their guestrooms and suites. This includes the Regency Club floors and Lounge. Created by Bilkey Llinas of California, the rooms feature parquet flooring from Malaysia and contemporary furnishings, which create a sophisticated ambience. Mirrored walls in the rooms heighten the sense of space and accentuate the luxurious style. The Italian marble bathrooms feature unusual transparent glass vanity counter from Singapore. The Regency Club Lounge is expansive with comfortable furnishings and art deco accessories. The accent is on minimalist decor in subdued hues.

Best Requests
It doesn’t matter which Best Western Hotel you choose, you’ll always benefit from Best Requests - the worldwide standard for service and amenities. This one single standard of service includes dataports in all rooms, free local calls under 30 minutes, free long distance access, complimentary in-room coffee/tea makers, 50 per cent non-smoking rooms, hairdryers in every room, iron and ironing board in every room, complimentary toiletries available upon request, bottled or canned water available on-site, clocks in all guestrooms, photocopy facilities, bottled shampoo, king size beds available, music provided in all guestrooms and guestroom TVs offering at least one English language channel with international news.


New Quarantine Intervention System
The launch of a new $ 10 million increased quarantine intervention system (IQI) at Sydney Airport has provided Sydney with the world’s first automated arrivals and departures screening process. The new system adds another layer to Australia’s border protection by the use of 24 sophisticated X-ray machines and a 300 per cent increase in trained quarantine personnel to detect prohibited items. This is in addition to the recently upgraded multilevel passenger and baggage screening process in place for all departing passengers. The new intervention programme includes 440 Australian quarantine inspection service staff at Sydney International Terminal, 16 dog teams and 24 state-of-the-art X-ray machines. Passengers and air crew who fail to declare items of quarantine concern are now faced with a $ 220 on-the-spot fine. More serious breaches can be punished with jail terms and fines of up to $ 60,000.

Scratch Card Fly-n-Win
In its bid to woo more Indian tourists to the country, Royal Nepal Airlines Corporation (RNAC), in coordination with Nepal Tourism Board has launched the ‘Fly-n-Win’ scratch scheme. The scheme is valid from May 1 to July 31, 2002. Fly-n-Win scratch scheme is a special promotion programme targeted at Indian tourists wherein consumers flying to Nepal from India could win a host of exciting prizes. The passengers flying RNAC only need to scratch their boarding cards and see what they have won. The exciting range of prizes include three big screen TV sets, 20 two night, three day all-expense paid stay at Nepal, 1,000 travel bags and discount shopping coupons for all. The grand prize is a brand-new TATA Indica car. All the prizes will be handed over at the airport itself expect for the car and TV sets, which will be presented at the end of the scheme to the winners.

Try Your Luck!
Casino Luzern - more spacious, more inviting and more lustrous than ever - opens its doors for the Grand Jeu on June 27, 2002. This promises to be an historic event, bringing new glamour to Luzern, the cosmopolitan city of culture and sights. With its classical ambience, the Casino Luzern will be treating visitors to a luxurious banquet of entertainment. Architectural masterpieces such as the Grand Jeu Casino, the Jackpot Casino and the Cocktail Bar or The Restaurant are a feast for the eye.

Spa Oasis At Grand Hyatt
Spa Oasis, a luxurious spa featuring a set of comprehensive health and beauty therapies, has opened at Grand Hyatt Delhi. Being the city’s one and only hotel with a Day Spa, it has been planned with the goal of enhancing wellness. Located within 10 acres of landscaped gardens, Spa Oasis is spread over a spacious area of 11,000 square feet. Treatments at Spa Oasis are a synergetic blend of various traditional, oriental rituals with a modern scientific basis. Different varieties of herbal products have been sourced from traditional sources like Kerala and Himalayas to give an authentic touch to the spa experience. Through consultation with the highly qualified instructors at Spa Oasis, a holistic health and beauty programme can be meticulously planned and worked out. Lifestyle consultation, stress busting yogic sessions, aqua aerobics, sauna, Turkish baths, herbal mud baths and a large variety of massages will be offered with a view to promote holistic health.

Power Points
Holiday Inn Golden Mile Hong Kong, Holiday Inn Parkview Singapore, Holiday Inn Resort Penang and Crowne Plaza Bangkok have launched a Power Points Programme rewarding points to those valued customers who travel through the region. Commencing January 1 through to December 31, 2002, guests who stay and spend HK$ 2,000 in any of the four properties will be entitled to a coupon to the value of 10 points. For 15 coupons (150 points), guests will be entitled to one night’s complimentary stay in a deluxe room. For 18 coupons (180 points), a guest will be able to redeem a complimentary stay at the Executive Club for one night. In addition, 8 coupons (80 points) will allow guests to upgrade their room to the next category. Coupons are fully transferable and redeemable at any of the four participating hotels. For more information, call (852) 23693111.
Gulf Air Launches New Services
Gulf Air has launched Gulf Air Holidays, the Gulf Air Premium Pass and the Heathrow Chauffeur service, besides a frequent flyer partnership with Oman Air. Gulf Air Holidays are designed to take the onus off the holidaymaker so that flights, accommodation and transfers are arranged directly through Gulf Air. The newly launched Gulf Air Premium Pass is a special scheme that allows Gulf Air First and Business Class passengers to fly between destinations in real luxury. Customers need to buy from four to eight first or business class single sector coupons (eg Bahrain-Riyadh or Abu Dhabi-Kuwait) to be able to save up to 25 per cent on the original cost of the ticket. Meanwhile, passengers flying First or Business class with Gulf Air to or from Heathrow, will have a free chauffeur service to pick them up and drop them off at their desired location