Assemble a travel kit and store it in a convenient location in your bathroom. Having this ready to go will eliminate last-minute shopping and scrambling around. Buy these travel-sized items if your hotel will not supply them: shampoo and conditioner, styling gel, liquid soap, moisturiser, toothpaste, toothbrush, floss, mouthwash, blow dryer, shaving cream, razors, contact lens solution, ear plugs, sewing kit. When you return from your trip, note the items that need replenishing and purchase them on your next trip to the shops. You should not have to think about what is missing the next time a last-minute business trip strikes. Find your way: Worldroom maps provide detailed information on 16 key Asia-Pacific destinations. Simply click on the icon to view the appropriate map of Bangkok, Beijing, Guangzhou, Ho Chi Minh City, Hong Kong, Jakarta, Kuala Lumpur, Manila, Mumbai, New Delhi, Seoul, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney, Taipei or Tokyo. www.worldroom.com Views of Mount Fuji: The second Formule 1 hotel in Japan has opened at Numazu, in the heart of the high-technology industrial area of Shizuoka Prefecture, 140km west of Tokyo. The hotel will be officially opened on Friday, but already on its first night, it recorded a 63 per cent occupancy rate. The hotel has a very visible position, just south of the Numazu Interchange off the Tomeu Expressway and on Gourmet Street, the main thoroughfare into the city of Numazu and further beyond to Izu and the Hakone lakes district. The location is also convenient for travellers going east to Tokyo and west to Nagoya and Osaka on the Tomeu Expressway. In addition to being a key business centre, the area is surrounded by many of Japan's most famous tourist attractions, including Mount Fuji and Izu Peninsula, home of some of the country's leading golf courses and other outdoor sporting facilities. The new hotel follows the debut of the first Formule 1 in Japan - at Isesaki, to the north-west of Tokyo - and is part of a proposed expansion of Formule 1 in Japan. Formule 1 positions itself uniquely in the Japanese hotel market by being the first hotel to offer a standard room rate irrespective of the number of people occupying the room. This is vastly different from the standard practice in the Japanese market of charging on a per person basis. This innovative rate policy is expected to have a significant impact on the performance of F1 Numazu because the area around the hotel is so popular with holidaymakers, especially families. With rates of 5,000 yen (about HK$332) per room for up to three people, the F1 will offer the most cost-effective, quality accommodation in the market. The 92-room hotel is one of the most progressive F1's developed in the world, featuring two concept rooms that will give guests a taste of the future of Formule 1, with the new rooms boasting different bathroom designs. The hotel also has sweeping views of Mount Fuji and the Numazu Bay area. All Formule 1 rooms offer a queen-size bed and overhead bunk bed plus en suite bathroom. The hotels are usually positioned close to fast-food outlets and restaurants, but also offer a breakfast room and 24-hour vending machines. Suite Singapore: Four Seasons Hotel Singapore has a Royal Suite Package at S$2,000 (about HK$8,956) per room per night for single or double occupancy. It includes accommodation in a one-bedroom Royal Suite, American breakfast for two people daily either in-room or at the One Ninety restaurant, hotel-airport transfers in a Mercedes-Benz limousine and a one-hour massage of your choice. This package rate is valid until December 31. www.fourseasons.com Bangkok break: Prince Travel VIP Holidays has a Bangkok Summer Getaway at the Grand Hyatt Erawan from HK$2,890 and valid for travel until September 30. A surcharge of HK$700 per adult/child sharing with a single adult and HK$550 per child will be added to the price until August 25. Price includes return economy tickets with Cathay Pacific Airways, two nights accommodation and daily breakfast. Additional benefits include late check out at 4pm and welcome fruit. E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com Back in favour: Manhattan hotels, often viewed as a bellwether for the overall United States lodging industry, should see occupancy rates of 74 per cent this year, slightly above the 73.3 per cent occupancies recorded last year, according to statistics released by PricewaterhouseCoopers. Average daily rate, however, is projected to fall this year to US$187 from US$197 last year. This would suggest that hotels have reduced rates approximately 5 per cent in an effort to drive business, a figure travel buyers could use as a benchmark as they enter negotiations with hotel companies for next year's rates.