ON THE ROAD
Guests paying the full room rate at any Shangri-La or Traders hotel will automatically be given a free round-trip limousine service, American breakfast, dry-cleaning and laundry, local telephone calls, fax and IDD calls at cost and late check-out at 6pm. The concept was introduced three years ago, but the benefits were only available on request. Shangri-La manages 27 hotels and eight resorts in the Asia Pacific region.
Non-smokers, welcome to Paradise. That's the name of a cruise ship which has been designated smoke-free a year before her first sailing. Passengers on the US$300 million (HK$2.32 billion) Paradise, which is still under construction, will not only be banned from smoking in dining rooms, show lounges and the casino, areas where smoking is already prohibited on many cruise ships, but on open decks as well. The ban will even apply to the crew.
The ship's owner, Carnival, has billed it as the world's first completely smoke-free cruise ship. No other ship scheduled for delivery in the next few years is known to have adopted a total ban on smoking.
Ansett Australia's Golden Wing lounges are providing an interesting service this week for business travellers under stress.
The lounges in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra and Brisbane have neurosurgical representatives on duty taking passengers' blood pressure and providing advice on how to minimise physical and mental stress.
Golden Tulip resorts are offering special room rates until next March 31. Rates for rooms in Bali, Bandung and Lombok (Indonesia), Tokyo, and Pattaya and Koh Samui (Thailand) are from US$45 (HK$350) to US$87. Fax (65) 334-9968 for more information.