PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 06 August, 1996, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 06 August, 1996, 12:00am

How much business you can do in Bangkok in a day depends on how long you must spend in traffic jams, but the city's Regent Hotel has come up with the ideal solution.

It has introduced an office on wheels which enables its guests to get things moving as soon as they leave the airport.

The Regent Bangkok has a fleet of new Mercedes Benz limousines that can pick up and transport guests to any part of the city, but the star of the service is a Chevrolet Presidential van, the only one of its kind available at any hotel in Thailand.

It is equipped with a computer, fax machine, mobile telephone, writing table, VCR and television set. Local telephone calls from the cellular phone are complimentary.

The drivers and transportation staff are all Regent employees, and guests can order room service from their limousine even before they check in.

Virgin Atlantic has introduced a special economy round-trip ticket at GBP499 (about HK$6,000) for travel commencing from London to Hong Kong from November 1 to December 8.

Ticket validity is two months, and the ticket must be purchased before October 1.

Ansett Australia, which operates five times weekly between Hong Kong and Sydney is offering special single or return tickets from Hong Kong to Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne or Sydney. Travel must be before December 16 and return economy class tickets are $8,260.

Visitors to Thailand from Hong Kong showed a strong increase during the first quarter of this year, rising 14.5 per cent to 61,463.

Europe Tax-free Shopping (ETS) has opened value-added tax (VAT) refund points at New York's JFK Airport and Charles de Gaulle airport in Paris.