Putting fun into travel
Many frequent business travellers enjoy airline lounges offering free Wi-fi and a spread of food and drinks, where they can work for a few hours until their flight departs.
However, lounges don't provide much privacy. Phone conversations are often overheard, e-mails may be looked at over the shoulder, while excited, screaming small children travelling with their families often pose a distraction.
For executives who wish to get some work done or arrange a meeting as they wait at the airport, the Airport Premium Services run by Plaza Premium Lounge Management comes in handy.
'We started out as a serviced office provider in 1988, but turned our focus to airports in 1998 to make a day productive and pleasurable for travellers,' says Song Hoi-see, founder and CEO of Plaza Premium Lounge Management which operates in 17 international airports worldwide.
In addition to providing lounge and business facilities at 14 outlets at Hong Kong International Airport, the company runs an IT-enabled business and conference centre in the grade-A Airport World Trade Centre office tower, next to Terminal 2.
The business and conference centre has more than 11,000 square metres of serviced office space, including connected work stations and individual offices, a conference centre and a club that offers dining services.
The centre's 128 work stations can be rented on an hourly, daily or monthly basis. Office support, such as secretarial, translation, reception and administrative services, and interpretation during meetings are available. The two meeting rooms accommodate up to eight people each and there is a six-seater cybercafe.
The conference facility offers a suite of work stations and individual offices, and meeting rooms in different sizes. Plaza Premium Lounge Management can arrange meetings, seminars or conferences for up to 200 people.
Song says video and audio-visual conferencing facilities with technical back-up are available. 'After a meeting or a conference call, you can go up to the Airport World Trade Centre Club to network or host an event,' he says.
The private membership club has 300 branches in 85 countries. Those wishing to impress business associates with a meal at the club's exclusive restaurants can apply for one-day membership.
They can dine at The Terrace, the Chinese restaurant, socialise in the Moon Bar or in the open-air Cigar Lounge, and network in the roof-top Sky Terrace, while enjoying a 360-degree view of Hong Kong.
Song adds that meetings can be arranged airside if participants flying into Hong Kong do not wish to go through immigration. After the meeting, participants can get a massage or foot massage before flying out again.