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Corporate Newsletter: Issue #3

Welcome to Edge Intelligence for November 2007

This month Qantas celebrates the 20th anniversary of its award-winning frequent flyer program.  If you haven’t already signed up for the Qantas reward program, your corporate consultant at Executive Edge Travel + Events will be happy to arrange for you.

Edge Intelligence this month features major industry and hotel news.  Long considered the premier international hub, Heathrow’s congestion has become so serious that the global face of aviation is showing signs of a potential major shift.  Closer to home, Crown Melbourne has announced plans to build the largest hotel in Australia – a huge feat.

Stay tuned for December Edge Intelligence which will dedicate an entire issue to examining industry trends and the 2008 forecast for aviation, hotels and events/conferences.

As always, we are pleased to have you as valued clients.

Kimberly Rosbe
Marketing and Communications Manager


 
   

INDUSTRY NEWS

BUSINESS HOTEL NEWS

EVENTS AND CONFERENCES

EDGE INTELLIGENCE

EDGE BRAIN TEASER

   

INDUSTRY NEWS

Heathrow’s status as gateway to Europe in danger
Corporate Customers’ Carbon Offset Program begins this month with Qantas
Qantas celebrates Frequent Flyer 20th Anniversary with draw for members
Bmi offering new fully-flat business seats

BUSINESS HOTEL NEWS

Featured business hotel: The Four Seasons Shanghai
Crown Melbourne plans to build Australia’s largest hotel
New Fairmont Beijing to open next year

EVENTS AND CONFERENCES

Letter from our Events and Conferences Manager
Byron at Byron Resort and Spa’s team building activities
Edge Conference Venue Famils – March 2008

EDGE INTELLIGENCE

Mastercard Worldwide launches World Mastercard for Businesses
Business Travel Spending to Increase in 2008

EDGE BRAIN TEASERS


INDUSTRY NEWS

Heathrow’s status as gateway to Europe in danger

Earlier this month, the British Competition Commission told the UK Civil Aviation Authority that Heathrow’s airport should be limited to an 18% landing charge raise.  Furious, officials at Heathrow countered that without bigger price rises (significantly more than 18%) investment plans at Heathrow would have to be shelved.  The implication of this could be dire.

Ultimately, the congestion problem is at the heart of this issue.  Currently, Heathrow has the worst punctuality record of any major airport in Europe despite its elite status as Europe’s premier transatlantic gateway and world’s busiest international airport.  Unfortunately, the much hyped new $4.2 billion Terminal 5 opening March 27th won’t solve the congestion issue, it will merely move the traffic instead of dissolving it.  The congestion problem has reached such epic proportions that Heathrow’s status as ‘The Gateway to Europe’ is being called into question.  In fact, viable alternatives are being considered – namely Dubai, which was recently named “airport of the year.”  Global travellers could potentially bypass Europe altogether and hub through the Gulf while intra-European travellers could potentially move to alternative airports within Europe.  If these factors collide, the face of global aviation could change dramatically.  Overall, if significant price rises aren’t allowed, and Heathrow’s congestion problem worsens, this transatlantic hub may be in jeopardy.

Corporate Customers’ Carbon Offset Program begins this month with Qantas

As of November 1st, corporate customers can determine their carbon footprint and offset emissions to help the environment. Qantas’s recently launched Carbon Offset Program has developed a customised solution for companies using the Qantas corporate deal reporting system. QDM, Qantas Deal Manager, will provide current and retrospective reporting for travel on Qantas, Jetstar and Qantas codeshare flights. This information provided will be based upon average emissions per kilometre travelled. Corporates will have the option to offset part or all of their company’s flights through the Carbon Offset Program. Tax benefits will apply as GST is payable on your contribution. A tax invoice can be emailed directly to you or your company upon offsetting emissions.

Qantas celebrates Frequent Flyer 20th Anniversary with draw for members

This month the Qantas Frequent Flyer program turns 20 and to celebrate this milestone anniversary the loyalty program is offering a special draw for its members. 

Until November 30th, every point earned by Frequent Flyers will be entered into a draw by your name to win these amazing prizes:

  • 4 Qantas Business tickets to San Francisco
  • 7 nights’ accommodation at the Hilton San Francisco
  • 7 days Hertz car hire
  • $20,000 spending money

For more details on this incredible prize draw visit Qantas.com

Bmi offering new fully-flat business seats

For its long-haul business travellers, Bmi is now offering fully-flat business class seats as well as larger premium economy seats.  The airline’s two A330s will now feature 18 fully-flat seats in business class and 30 new seats in premium economy.  Bmi’s third A330, flying from London Heathrow, will now offer 42 business class seats and 156 in economy.

BUSINESS HOTEL NEWS

Featured business hotel: The Four Seasons Shanghai

At last a business hotel which caters to the female business traveller.  The Four Seasons Shanghai, located only a short distance from the city’s business areas of Nanjing and Huaihai roads, has just launched its ‘Men Don’t Get it Concierge’ service especially for women.  It includes recommendations for the best restaurants, shopping and spas and beauty pampering for moments of relaxation filtered amidst busy work schedules.  When spa time ends, the hotel’s business centre is arguably the best in the city.  Located on the 5th floor, it offers guests state-of-the-art technology, private workstations, audiovisual equipment, secretarial service and even an Executive Club with additional privileges including complimentary use of the boardroom and personalised concierge business services.  
500 Weihai Road, Shanghai

Crown Melbourne plans to build Australia’s largest hotel

Crown Melbourne Limited announced plans to construct the biggest hotel in Australia at the Crown Entertainment Complex. The proposed hotel - the third in the Crown Entertainment Complex - will front Clarendon Street and be near Melbourne’s Exhibition Centre. Crown’s new conference facilities will include 50 exhibition booths, 7 state-of-the-art conference meeting rooms and an 800 seat Plenary Hall. The sleek, modern design of the new hotel is estimated to cost $300 million and have 658 rooms targeting the international leisure market as well as heavily focus on global conventions and conference industries. Pending construction approvals, digging should commence this month with an opening date of May 2010.

New Fairmont Beijing to open next year

Fairmont Hotel and Resorts has announced a new hotel under the same name is under development and set to open in Beijing in Summer 2008.  The 25-story property will enjoy a premier downtown location near business and shopping districts.  Award-winning architectural firm Paul Tange & Associates has been chosen for the project.  The hotel will feature 235 spacious guest rooms, function facilities, a business centre, 1000 square meter spa, multi-purpose theatre, library lounge and restaurants.

EVENTS AND CONFERENCES

Letter from our Events and Conferences Manager

“The time has come for me to take some maternity leave as of this Friday (2 weeks to go!). This is until the New Year when business will be as usual. In the meantime, should you require any quotes or bookings, please send the information to Gary at garyr@executiveedge.com.au , this will then be actioned by myself or our staff to ensure you receive the same level of service.

I trust you will have a very safe festive season and New Year, and I hope it will not be as busy as mine will be!  I look forward to catching up around February.  Kindest regards, Jane”

Byron at Byron Resort and Spa’s team building activities

For your next conference or event, consider Byron at Byron Resort and Spa with its unique range of challenging outdoor activities promoting team building.  Located just one hour south of Queenslands’ Gold Coast Airport in Northern New South Wales, this five star accommodation is set amidst a stunning 45 acre lush rainforest and an easily accessible venue for an Australian conference.  

The activities which can be arranged as part of a conference for team building are plentiful and include:

  • hang gliding
  • ocean kayaking
  • sky diving
  • hot air ballooning
  • mountain biking
  • ocean diving at Julian Rocks
  • circus and flying trapeze school

See www.thebyronatbyron.com.au for more details

Edge Conference Venue Famils – March 2008

Jane Ouvaroff, our Events and Conferences Manager at Edge, will be conducting a 1 day regional Victorian conference famil in March 2008.  If you are considering running a conference or event in the upcoming calendar year but are uncertain as to the details, this informational tour will be an ideal opportunity to familiarize your team with all the diverse options Victoria has to offer.

Please register your interest with Jane by emailing your details and questions to:  info@executiveedge.com.au

EDGE INTELLIGENCE

Mastercard Worldwide launches World Mastercard for Businesses

Mastercard Worldwide announced this month the launch of its new World Mastercard for Business – a premium payment credit card which provides high-spending small businesses with greater benefits, service and rewards. 

World Mastercard will offer the following enhanced rewards for high-spending small businesses:

  • entertaining clients via specially held tables and private dining rooms at world class restaurants
  • access to tee times at renowned golf courses
  • reservations at office and meeting room space at participating Regus locations throughout U.S.

Daily benefits for World Mastercard Business cardholders  include:

  • no preset spending limit
  • points that never expire
  • enhanced protection, including accident insurance, purchase insurance and extended warranty coverage
  • concierge services for aid in reservations
Chase Card Services will be the first issuer to introduce the Mastercard World for Business cards.

Business Travel Spending to Increase in 2008

According to the latest survey of ACTE, the Association of Corporate Travel Executives, business travel spending will continue to increase in 2008.  The research survey of senior-level executives and corporate travel managers reported an on-average increase in travel spend by eight percent in 2007 with every indication that the trend would continue in the next calendar year.  The ACTE cited increased supplier costs in air, hotel and car hire as well as general growth in the number of trips business travellers took as the rationale for the increase in spend.

December Edge Intelligence will dedicate the entire issue to examining industry trends and the 2008 industry forecast.

EDGE BRAIN TEASERS

October Answers to last months teaser:

  1. If you and your friend each have ten coins totalling 49 cents, then they must be four pennies, three dimes, and three nickels. Between you, you have six dimes out of twenty coins. The chance is six out of twenty, or 30%.
  2. 859,189

November Teasers:

  1. BORN GENIUS is an anagram of which two words that are similar in meaning?
  2. Which word in brackets is closest in meaning to the word in capitals?

    HESITANT (careless, careful, restless, ambivalent, tergiversate)
 
   
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