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Corporate Newsletter: Issue #7

Welcome to Edge Intelligence for April 2008

Letter from the Editor

We have reached a milestone in the travel industry. As of June 1, 2008, paper tickets will officially become obsolete. All airlines worldwide are in the final stretch of phasing out paper tickets this month and will be in full e-ticket compliance by the end of May. Ultimately, a universal e-ticket mandate will assist in a more efficient industry, better service and a more streamlined procedure for agencies and airports. Please contact your Executive Edge Corporate Consultant if you have any questions.

As always, we are pleased to have you as valued clients and we thank you for your business.

Kimberly Rosbe
Marketing and Communications Manager


 
   

INDUSTRY NEWS

BUSINESS HOTEL NEWS

EVENTS AND CONFERENCES

EDGE INTELLIGENCE

EDGE BRAIN TEASER

   

INDUSTRY NEWS

Business Meeting Rooms Open this month at Domestic Terminals in Melbourne and Sydney
New Shuttle at LAX for Qantas Passengers
Qantas Terminal Changes for Chinese Flights to Beijing and Shanghai
New Way to Earn Frequent Flyer Points – Duty Free

BUSINESS HOTEL NEWS

Featured business hotel: Urbn Hotel Shanghai
Traditional Hotels on Comeback
Crowne Plaza brand growth
Westin debuts first in-room spa program

EVENTS AND CONFERENCES

Northern Territory familiarisation trips
2008 Australian Events Expo (AEE) in Sydney
Team Building Exercise – Ansett Flight Simulator

EDGE INTELLIGENCE

Frasier Suites Sydney launches guest loyalty program

EDGE BRAIN TEASERS


INDUSTRY NEWS

Business Meeting Rooms Open this month at Domestic Terminals in Melbourne and Sydney

A worldwide first, Qantas has built state-of-the-art airport business meeting rooms for its Australian city business hubs Melbourne and Sydney. This month Qantas Meeting Rooms open in the domestic terminals in Sydney (T3) and Melbourne offering contemporary spaces accommodating 2 to 20 guests. The meeting rooms contain the latest high-tech business services including interactive plasma screens for data projection, teleconferencing, broadband/wireless internet, PCs, copying, printing and scanning. Catering is also available from light snacks and refreshments to full-day packages. Best of all, Qantas meeting rooms are not limited to travelling customers. Therefore, scheduling a meeting with transit clients has just been made possible without coming to the office. Booking times are available from 8:30am to 5:30pm Monday-Friday.

For Sydney (Qantas Domestic T3 Level 1 satellite, opposite Qantas Heritage Collection) Call 02-9952-9608 or book online at meetingroomssyd@qantas.com.au

For Melbourne (Qantas Domestic T1 Mezzanine level, opposite Gate 1) Call 03-8336-4140 or book online at meetingroomsmel@qantas.com.au

New Shuttle at LAX for Qantas Passengers

Anyone who has flown from Australia to Los Angeles’s LAX airport with a connecting flight (or visa versa) knows the maze of hassles involved in transferring from Terminal 4 to Tom Bradley International and visa versa. Now Qantas has streamlined the process for its lucky passengers with a new complimentary dedicated shuttle bus. Qantas passengers connecting at Los Angeles to travel to Australia and New Zealand can now transfer easily from Terminal 4 (T4) to Tom Bradley International (TBIT) with this complimentary shuttle. The service runs daily from 4pm to midnight and operates from Gate 44 in T4.

Qantas Terminal Changes for Chinese Flights to Beijing and Shanghai

Beijing:

Qantas flights operating in and out of Beijing Capital International Airport (BCIA) have moved from Terminal 2 to Terminal 3. Airport transfers between the terminals (T1, T2 and T3) are provided by a shuttle bus service.

Shanghai:
From March 26th, Qantas flights operating in and out of Shanghai Pudong International Airport will move from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2. Airport transfers between T1 and T2 will be provided by a shuttle bus service between 6am and 9pm.

New Way to Earn Frequent Flyer Points – Duty Free

Qantas has devised yet another clever, easy way to earn frequent flyer points. Now at all F1RST Tax and Duty Free stores in Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane and Cairns International Airports, you can earn one point for every one dollar spent. Extra points can be earned on selected products including technology, liquor, wine, watches, sunglasses, fragrance and gifts. Frequent Flyers can also shop online with goods ready to collect upon departure or arrival.

BUSINESS HOTEL NEWS

Featured business hotel: URBN Hotel Shanghai

Once a factory warehouse, this hip, 26-room boutique hotel in Shanghai offering 5 star service is China’s first carbon-neutral hotel. URBN Hotels & Resorts is a specialised company based in Shanghai whose focus is to immerse travellers – business or leisure – deeply in their authentic surroundings beyond a traditional hotel experience while being environmentally responsible. To connect you to the heart of urban Shanghai, the hotel offers localised extra services such as tai chi and yoga classes, bike and walking tours and Chinese cooking lessons. Each room has free wireless broadband, a state-of-the-art entertainment system and a freestanding bathtub. URBN Hotel Shanghai is conveniently located two blocks away from Nanjing Road –Shanghai’s premium shopping, entertainment and business district. Whether for business or leisure, URBN provides a taste of the local culture and character beyond the average hotel experience.
183 Jiao Zhou Road, Shanghai, China. www.urbnhotels.com

Traditional Hotels on Comeback

Despite the recent boom in serviced apartment hotels, traditional hotels are making a comeback accounting for a massive 80 percent of rooms scheduled to be built in the next few years. According to the latest National Hotel Development Register, a significant uplift in the number of proposed projects for traditional hotels in Australia’s major markets has been tracked as of late. In fact, 6000 more rooms are currently under construction plans.

Even though serviced apartment hotel developments are no longer dominating development activity, operators are convinced that there is still growing demand for this style of accommodation. The Chief Executive Officer of Stella Hospitality Group Bob East rejected the notion that the recent building trend for traditional hotels reflected a slowdown in demand for apartment hotel accommodation. He maintains that the long-term potential for serviced apartments is enormous appealing to a niche sector of the market.

Crowne Plaza brand growth

Intercontinental Hotel Group (IHG), the network of Crowne Plaza hotels in Australia, continues to expand with their latest acquisition of Ramada’s Sunshine Coast property in Queensland. With the recent signing of a franchise agreement with Reed Property Group, IHG will rebrand the strata-titled Ramada Pelican Waters as Crowne Plaza Pelican Waters Golf Resort and Spa as of this month.

Crown Plaza Pelican Waters Golf Resort and Spa is located adjacent to the Greg Norman designed 18 hole golf course and also offers the Vida health spa, fitness centre, two swimming pools, tennis courts and in-house restaurant.

Inclusive of this rebranding, Crowne Plaza hotels have now reached 16 in Australia, adding to an international network of more than 280 hotels with another 70 in the pipeline.

Westin debuts first in-room spa program

Westin Hotels and Resorts just announced the debut of its in-room spa program. Westin becomes the benchmark by which other hotels must match as their program is the hotel industry’s first global in-room spa program. Bringing the personalised luxury and comfort of a full-service spa to the privacy of your hotel room, the experience includes a portable spa bed and basket filled with sensory items to be enjoyed before, during and after the massage. The spa experience is customised from start to finish. 40 minutes before the massage appointment, a Westin staff member delivers a spa basket holding water, a flower, a CD with relaxing music, a healthful treat such as dark chocolate and a letter explaining the forthcoming treatment. The basket also contains a selection of plant-based aromatherapy oils and room sprays. Indulge!

EVENTS AND CONFERENCES

Northern Territory familiarisation trips

The Northern Territory Convention Bureau in conjunction with Qantas are hosting two familiarisation tours for meeting and event organisers after the 21st Annual Meetings and Events Industry National Conference being held May 9-12th in Alice Springs. Given the range of conferencing facilities in Darwin, Alice Springs and Yulara as well as the plethora of places and adventures to choose from in the Northern Territory, your biggest obstacle will be deciding which destination to hold your event.

For more information or to apply for a famil trip to Kings Canyon and Uluru May 13-16 go to http://meetingsevents.com.au/alicesprings/Kings%20Canyon.pdf

For more information or to apply for a famil to Darwin May 13-16 go to http://meetingsevents.com.au/alicesprings/Darwin.pdf

2008 Australian Events Expo (AEE) in Sydney

The ideal way to see and experience the diverse selection of event professionals on offer this year is to visit the 2008 Australian Events Expo being held at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre on May 21-22. The Australian Events Expo is a national show for the business, corporate, association, incentive and festival events industry. The expo will showcase the very best of the industry and allow visitors to witness exactly what makes so many suppliers so unique. There will be live acts on a number of stages and opportunities to meet the performers after the shows.

On Wednesday, May 21st, the Showtime Stage will host an impressive line up of acts provided by corporate entertainment booking agent Music Theatre Australia One Stop Entertainment including comedian Tahir (from the Footy Show and Thank GOD You’re Here), Maske (Australia’s hottest electric string trio), and Stretch MK1 who perform highly visual theatrics.

For more information visit www.AustralianEventsExpo.com and preregister.

Team Building Exercise – Ansett Flight Simulator

Hilton Melbourne Airport in partnership with the Ansett Flight Simulator Centre has created an innovative corporate activity which can be used as a unique team building exercise. The experience is intensive, challenging, exciting and fully interactive aimed to encourage team building. Fly a zero flight simulator, representing the world’s most popular airliner 737 and witness your company’s team bond.

EDGE INTELLIGENCE

Frasier Suites Sydney launches guest loyalty program

Fraser Suites Sydney has just announced the commencement of its guest loyalty program. Having recently celebrated its first anniversary, Fraser Suites is quickly establishing a repeat following among business and leisure travellers and in accordance has created a reward loyalty program for those regular clients. The new loyalty program is designed to track travel patterns and preferences of all guests, with an emphasis on recognising key milestone stays. David Brown, Fraser Suites Sydney’s General Manager, said “Most business related travel is a necessary function and not viewed as a glamorous activity, but this program seeks to better identify with our customers’ needs while letting them know how much we appreciate their decision to stay with us.” Frasier Suites in Sydney is the first of a collection of designer all-suites residences under the management of Frasers Hospitality to open in Australia.

EDGE BRAIN TEASERS

March Answers to last months' teasers:

  1. M: ZyxwVutSrQponMlkJiH

  2. 84, 17: There are two interwoven sequences. Starting at 100 deduct 1,3,5,7. Starting at 1, add 1,3,5,7.

April Teasers:

  1. The school faculty is conducting a prize drawing to raise money for scholarships for bright students. You have to pick the tickets out of a box that looks like a dictionary. There are fifteen non-prizewinning slips, ten $1.00 winners, and five slips that are worth $25 each. How much would you have to spend at $1.00 per ticket to be sure of winning one of the $25 prizes?

  2. Lost in Liars and Truthtellers Town, you need to ask directions from a Truthteller, but how can you tell who is a Truthteller? You stop a group of three women and ask if they are Truthtellers. The first says, “Two of us are Truthtellers.” The second says, “Only one of us is a Truthteller.” And the third one chimes in, “The last woman who spoke is telling the truth.” Well, who was or were Truthtellers?

 
   
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