In spite of all the airline advertising designed to woo passengers by featuring smiling, attentive hostesses carrying trays of mouth-watering food, it appears that businessmen are more concerned with an airline's safety record when deciding who they fly with. According to the OAG Business Travel Lifestyle survey, published by Reed Travel Group, convenient schedules are followed by safety as uppermost on passenger's minds. More than 5,200 business travellers from the United Kingdom, Japan, Australia, Italy, the United States, Germany, France, Singapore and Hong Kong were interviewed. On board, business travellers will do anything to avoid talking to the person in the adjoining seat, the survey reveals, and the greatest single fear was sitting next to someone with body odour. Cultural traits shine through the survey results. The British wouldn't be seen dead in a jogging suit, the French blithely ignore flight safety announcements, Italians are paranoid about losing their wash-bags, Americans work throughout a flight, Australians like to hang around the executive lounge, Singaporeans eat their way through a flight and Hong Kong travellers just want to sleep. Four Seasons hotels in Singapore and Tokyo and Regent hotels in Hong Kong, Bangkok, Sydney and Jakarta are offering special discounts to holders of Visa Gold cards. For further information fax 2721-4400. Faced with stronger competition from other exotic locations, Thailand's tourism authority is expecting only 10 million foreign tourists to visit the country in the next four years. That would be a sharp drop from the 7.2 million tourists Thailand received in 1996 alone. Thailand is now considered a 'mature' destination - well-known to international travellers - and so is having a harder time attracting tourists, said an official at the Tourism Authority of Thailand.