On the road

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 18 June, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 18 June, 1996, 12:00am

KLM is offering a special package to the UK which includes a free Air UK domestic flight to any one of 17 British cities, two nights free hotel accommodation with daily breakfast and discount on optional tours, rail passes and car hire.


The 'Round the UK hop-over' package costs $8,990 and is available through Geo Traveller, phone 2840-9139, until March 31 next year. The British Tourist Authority can help you make your sightseeing plans, phone 2882-9967 A new airport bus service linking Bangkok International Airport to popular downtown hotels has been launched. There are three routes, and the fare for each route is 70 baht, much less than the cost of a taxi.


No prizes for guessing the title of the new service. They've called it 'Airport Bus'.


All non-stop flights operated by US airlines between American and foreign destinations are smoke-free from this month.


Smoking has been prohibited on all US domestic flights since 1990.


While hotel occupancy and room rates are steadily rising, a recent survey by New York University's Centre for Hospitality, Tourism and Travel Administration found that the hotel of the future would increase profits more from new services and products sold to guests rather than from traditional room sales.


These services and products could range from computer links to accessing stock prices and brokers, to shopping in the hotel's electronic store.


Whatever happened to the friendly skies? It is understood that some British charter airlines plan to have handcuffs on board this summer to restrain disruptive passengers.


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