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Brisbane welcomes daily flights to Shanghai 

Saturday 7 May 2016
By Lachlan Nicolson |

Starting this December, Queensland will welcome year-round daily flights from Shanghai with China Easter Airlines.


Julienne Aloe, the CEO of Brisbane Airport applauded the airlines for its commitment to Queensland which will provide a convenient, direct connection to China’s largest city and one of the world’s financial hubs.


“Connecting China’s busiest international hub with Queensland’s biggest international airport is a significant step for the city and state in positioning Brisbane as a major Asia Pacific centre.”

“These new services are a huge victory for the whole of Queensland and every sector of our economy, from business and commerce to tourism, trade, education and beyond,” she said.


The Chinese visitor market, which is the second largest for Brisbane Airport, has experienced 23 per cent growth in the last 12 months. The new flights provide over 3000 weekly seats to and from BNE with services operated with Airbus A330 wide-body aircraft, including lie-flat business class seating.


The flight will arrive into BNE at 09:45 daily, departing at 11:45 the same day. Flight time to Shanghai is approximately 10 hours.


From Shanghai’s Pudong International Airport, corporate and leisure travellers can access a broad network of destinations across China, Europe, North America and Asia.

Are you looking to travel soon? Why not speak to one of our personal travel advisors and let us help you plan and book your next journey.

Attention Business Travellers to Singapore!

Tuesday 19 April 2016
By Michael Chase-Smith |

A review of the luxurious Valley Wing at Shangri-La, Singapore from our Executive Director, Michael Chase-Smith

Another trip to Singapore. I couldn’t tell you how many times I’ve been here, but have to say, my last visit was a fantastic experience and I honestly can’t wait to get back there!

So, apart from the fact that Singapore has gone through an amazing transformation over the last few years and has a great vibe, with fantastic new restaurants, bars and attractions - what made this experience so enjoyable was my stay in the Valley Wing at the Shangri-La Singapore.

Location and Experience

As the flagship property for The Shangri-La group, the Shangri-La Singapore has been an icon in Singapore since 1971 and has always been renowned for its amazing service and outstanding facilities, immaculately maintained.

However, to stay in the Valley Wing takes the Shangri-La experience to another level. The experience starts way before you even get to the hotel, being met at the airport by the iconic “red jacket” concierge and escorted to your latest model Mercedes and transferred in style to the hotel.

From the initial greeting on arrival, there is this sense of luxury when you enter the magnificent lobby with beautiful marble, impressive artwork and a very welcoming lounge area. This is no normal reception and lobby area.

The Room and Amenities 

The rooms are large, well designed and you just feel comfortable and at home (albeit a very luxurious home!) Breakfast is a lovely, civilised experience in the Summit Room on the lobby level. A wonderful and relaxed atmosphere.

While Shangri-La is renowned for its Horizon Club, the Valley Wing has its own lobby lounge version of sophistication and indulgence. It's not often I can sit in a comfortable lobby at the end of a work day, manage a few e-mails, make a few business calls and have Champagne, Chablis or a great New Zealand Pinot Noir (or all three!) and some lovely nibbles. The wines are very good quality and free flowing for Valley Wing guests. The cold and hot capapes served between 5pm and 7pm are visually gorgeous and taste better. The staff in the lobby lounge are simply brilliant, nothing is a problem. They are constantly on the move, always smiling and genuinely enjoy looking after the Valley Wing guests.

The Valley Wing is really a luxury hotel in its own right, it is just conveniently connected by a garden walkway and private elevators to the main Shangri-La Hotel.

So, while indulging in the Valley, if you still want to enjoy the tradition of a Shang Palace dining experience, it is only a short walk away from the lobby lounge. Another popular dining option is The Line, which features 16 theatre kitchens, offering food from all over the world- a favourite amongst the locals.

The pool area is also great. I could get in some decent laps and whilst I didn’t get a chance to relax beside the pool, I’m hoping to cram in a couple of hours next time.

Located just a short walking distance to Orchard Road, it’s actually nice not to be right in the centre of the city. The concierge are there to arrange cars and taxis and so wonderfully accommodating to every request. It’s very close to the Botanical Gardens too, so if you are a runner, there is the most amazing tracks to explore.

I have to compliment all the staff in the Valley Wing - Doormen, Reception, the wonderful staff at Breakfast and in the Lounge.

Make this your next stay in Singapore – business or pleasure. You won’t be disappointed. Our personal travel advisors here at World Travel Professionals can organise everything for you, just give us a call on 1800 067 819 or leave an online enquiry.


Safe and enjoyable travels - Michael Chase-Smith.

 

Book Shangri-La Singapore with World Travel Professionals and you will receive*

  • Complimentary full breakfast for 2, including in-room dining
  • Early check-in and late check-out, subject to availability
  • Upgrade to the next room type within category at time of booking (subject to availability)
  • VIP welcome amenities
  • Hotel credit of US$100 or 10% of room rate, whichever is higher (per stay)
  • Enrolment into the Golden Circle at Jade membership level

 

 *Benefits available from 1 June, 2016

Review: Thai Airways 787 Dreamliner to Bangkok

Wednesday 2 March 2016
By Michael Chase-Smith |

Thai Airways has recently replaced their Boeing 777’s with the new Dreamliner aircraft, offering daily flights between Brisbane and Bangkok, Thailand. Our executive director Michael Chase-Smith was recently onboard this route, here’s what he experienced:

 

Review: BNE to BKK onboard Thai Air Business Class

Flight: TG474
Aircraft: 787-8 Dreamliner
Duration: 8 hours 15 minutes
Purpose: Business conference

 

I am travelling through Asia this week attending a corporate travel technology conference. With multiple flights over the next week and my first destination Bangkok, I made the choice to fly Thai Airways direct from Brisbane.

There’s two very good reasons for this decision, Brisbane airport is an hour from home and I don’t have to transit via Sydney. But the 2nd reason was the main one: Thai Airways is now flying the 787 Dreamliner from Brisbane to Bangkok.


I can now confirm that business class on the 787 is a real treat. The new business class features fully-flat bed seats (which should be mandatory these days), comfortable personal space, and a very generous sized screen for entertainment. As this is the only time I get to watch a movie, I find a good inflight entertainment system a must.

Onboard, the menu was a good mix of Thai and western food and provided four main course options which would please most travellers. My selection of the stir-fried beef fillet was very enjoyable. The French champagne and wine selection were also of good quality.


The staff really made the flight. Very attentive from boarding, efficient, nothing was an issue, and they never went missing in those middle hours of a longer flight when the movie is reaching a peak and you need that last glass of red wine and sparkling water to finish with. They were a very good crew.


The 787 is a very good aircraft in economy or business class and Thai Airways have embraced the next generation of international travel. The technology packed into the Boeing Dreamliner allows for less noise, better quality air and improved smoothing of turbulence. Thai Air offers the right aircraft, combined with quality on-board service - overall a very good experience.

 

Michael is the executive director of World Travel Professionals, with over 25 years in travel technology and airline experience. Connect on Linkedin

 

Thai Airways offers daily flights from Brisbane to Bangkok, along with connections to Europe and North America. To book your next journey simply enquire with us and our personal travel advisors will help you make your next business trip an enjoyable one.
 

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