A new page With the launch of electronic versions of its onboard magazine, shopping catalogue and entertainment guide, Singapore Airlines has moved a step closer to the 'paperless cabin'. The airline also plans to move its menus and international newspapers and magazines to its entertainment screens. The airline is emphasising the hi-tech and eco-friendly angles of the move, although the financial savings on fuel from the lightened aircraft loads will, of course, be considerable. Runway stars The Hilton Beijing Capital Airport's (right) claim to be China's only five-star international airport hotel will expire tomorrow, after less than three weeks, with the opening of the nearby Langham Place Beijing Capital Airport. Both properties, located close to Terminal 3, are late arrivals: they were scheduled to open for the 2008 Beijing Olympics. The 322-room Hilton is more traditional in outlook and design than the 372-room Langham Place, which claims to be 'the first lifestyle hotel to open in Beijing'. Bravely, it hopes to 'make staying at the airport in Beijing an exciting thing to do', starting with DJs in the lobby. Competing introductory rates will probably be of greater interest to most travellers. These can be found through the hotels' websites at www.hilton.com and beijingairport.langhamplacehotels.com. Never one of the hospitality industry's more appealing products, the airport-hotel concept began with the San Francisco Airport Hilton in 1959. Light reading Guidebook publisher Lonely Planet is adapting its unwieldy Discover travel guides for iPad users. With the device's touch-screen functionality, readers can navigate the contents using hyperlinks, bookmark key sights and details and make notes with a format that Lonely Planet claims 'takes the e-book to a new level'. Downloadable destinations include Britain, France, Ireland, Italy and Spain. At the time of writing, these were selling at www.lonelyplanet.com for an introductory offer of US$14.99, less than half the price charged by Hong Kong retailers for the books. Trouble in paradise The travel advisory websites of the British, Australian and United States governments are all warning their globetrotting nationals about rabies in Bali, Indonesia. Although no tourists are thought to have caught the disease there yet, 78 locals have reportedly died from rabies in the past two years. A lack of vaccines and a religious reverence for dogs have been cited as major causes of the spread of the disease, which is also reported to have hit domestic cats. For updates and advice on prevention and cure, see Britain's National Travel Health Network and Centre website at www.nathnac.org . Deal of the week A two-night package to Tokyo that includes deluxe room accommodation at The Peninsula Tokyo (right) and round-trip, economy-class flights on Cathay Pacific is available from Farrington American Express Travel for HK$6,750. The deal includes travel insurance but not breakfast. That's not a problem, as the Peninsula is within walking distance of the Tsukiji fish market, where fresh early-morning sushi and sashimi are one of the city's great culinary experiences. The price for this package, available until mid-September, is quoted per person on a twin-share basis. For bookings, call 3121 3121, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org .