Published from 1946 to 1977, Holiday magazine gave millions of Americans a vividly inspiring introduction to the outside world. In its heyday, under editor Ted Patrick and art director Frank Zachary, it promoted the intellectually and spiritually enriching aspects of travel, rather than the five-star luxury constantly peddled today (foreign travel still being a luxury in itself for the average American at the time). A healthy monthly circulation paid for bylines such as James Michener, John Steinbeck, Ernest Hemingway, Truman Capote, Paul Bowles, Lawrence Durrell and Ian Fleming. Photographers included Henri Cartier-Bresson, Slim Aarons and Robert Capa. Contributors were sent all over the world – before accountants ruled – with no expense spared, and the results were spectacular. Following Patrick’s death in 1964 and Zachary’s subsequent ouster, Holiday ’s output changed for the worse. Its best days were far behind it by 1977, when it was merged with Travel magazine to become Travel Holiday , which folded in 2003. A 5,000-word article in Vanity Fair , in 2013, rekindled memories of Holiday , and the following year it was, at least in name, resurrected as a biannual publication based in Paris, France. Holiday: The Best Travel Magazine that Ever Was , by Pamela Fiori, is a colourfully illustrated, 270-page coffee-table book covering “the magazine’s history, giving it context during the era of the jet age, world turbulence, and the rise of Madison Avenue advertising”. Published on September 24, it is available for pre-order at amazon.com . Holiday magazine can be found in its modern incarnation at holiday-paris.fr , while some back issues can be located at holidaymag.wordpress.com . After nearly 40 years, Delhi’s Centaur hotel to shut down The once-proud Centaur Hotel, at Delhi’s Indira Gandhi International Airport, will close its doors for good next month. Opened in 1982, just in time for that year’s Asian Games, it marked Air India’s entry into the hotel business (the mythical centaur was the carrier’s corporate logo at the time), and had a good reputation for some years. Its closure to make way for airport expansion was announced in early 2017, after which the property seemed to go steadily downhill. At the time of writing, it was placed at No 835 out of 1,092 Delhi hotels on TripAdvisor, with recent review headlines including “Terrible experience”, “Shocking” and “Worst hotel”. If you’re passing through Delhi and need an airport hotel, there are now several good ones, though you might want to avoid the imaginatively named Airport Hotel at Terminal 1, which predates the Centaur by five years and still touts in-room amenities such as colour television, hot and cold running water, and phones with a direct outside line. Despite a series of apparently fake five-star reviews, it still only hovers around 500 on the TripAdvisor rankings. Immeasurably better options include the Pullman New Delhi Aerocity, Andaz Delhi and Roseate House. Cathay’s twice-weekly Hong Kong-to-Tokushima flights leaves this writer puzzled Cathay Pacific announced last month that it would be operating seasonal scheduled flights to Tokushima, on the Japanese island of Shikoku, from November 9 to March 28, but the start date has since been pushed back to December 11. Why Cathay is operating this twice-weekly winter service to Tokushima at all is unclear, since even the comprehensive discovertokushima.net can offer only two not-very-convincing reasons to visit during the season. Autumn is a better time to visit Shikoku, and HK Express operates much cheaper year-round flights to nearby Takamatsu, which is a convenient gateway to the island. Deal of the week – two nights in Singapore The monolithic Hotel Boss (no relation to Hugo) gets Tiglion Travel’s two-night Singapore package off to a cheap start, from HK$2,430 per person. Snug accommodation at Yotel Singapore starts from HK$3,090 while the Amara Sanctuary Resort Sentosa offers more space and relaxation from HK$3,790. These are all twin-share prices, include flights with Cathay Pacific and daily breakfast, and will be available until January with occasional seasonal, weekday or weekend surcharges. For further details and more hotel choices, visit travel.com.hk .