Newsletter 5 – April / May 2015

Emerald Corporate – Connecting you to the world of business travel.

April / May 2015 – Issue 5

WelcomeEmerald Corporate newsletter aims to give you an occasional snap shot of what is happening in the world of travel. It is brought to you by Emerald Corporate, part of the Emerald Global Group which has been arranging business and leisure travel for over 35 years.

If you are planning a visit abroad whether it be for business or leisure, our team of account managers are ready to help source the most competitive and convenient flights/hotel accommodation for you.

sq-corporate[1] Singapore tops rankings Singapore is the best country when it comes to doing business according to a World Bank report based on factors such as set-up costs, tax rates and energy prices. This is an annual report and the ninth consecutive time Singapore has come out tops. New Zealand and Hong Kong are second and third respectively with the UK coming in at number eight.
tips-news[1]tips-news2[1] Top tips for today’s business travellerHere are a couple of tips to  consider: Labelling your check-in luggage is a must, the brighter and more colourful  the better, that way you don’t need to worry too much about identifying your bag when it arrives onto the baggage  reclaim carousel. A good quality pair of ear plugs is always a good item to have with you when travelling. They come in  handy on planes as well as hotels.
EurostarEurostar will mark its 20th anniversary this year with the introduction of new rolling  stock which aims to boost its capacity by 20 per cent carrying 900 passengers per  train. The new trains will still be able to reach 200 mph and are being designed by  Italian firm Pininfarina. The overall investment is in excess of £700 million with a  further £100 million on upgrading its business lounges at St Pancras as well as  Paris Nord and Lille. The planned new direct services to Amsterdam via Antwerp,  Rotterdam and Schiphol will be introduced in 2016. eurostar-corporate[1]

Airline news

British Airways teams up with Heathrow Express & First Great Western British Airways has joined forces with Heathrow Express and First Great Western to offer travellers from the West Country and Wales, a seamless journey from their home to their final destination. With one booking this new partnership means combining air and rail travel. 11 First Great Western Stations are included making flying even more convenient for customers who are travelling from the regions without a local airport. This combined booking now means if a train is delayed or a connection missed customers have the peace of mind to know they will be on the next available flight. Cathay Pacific add new UK departures Cathay Pacific started codesharing with Flybe from Manchester on seven UK routes (Aberdeen, Belfast, Edinburgh, Exeter, Inverness, the Isle of Man and Southampton) in December and has just added an additional five more routes offering links from UK points to Hong Kong via both Paris and Amsterdam. These five include Birmingham, Southampton (via Schiphol) and Birmingham, Manchester and Exeter (via Charles de Gaulle).  Business Class only fights to NYC French operator La Compagnie is planning to introduce direct business class only flights from Luton to Newark from April with return fares starting at around £1500pp. Initially operating three times per week this will become daily by the autumn using B757-200 aircraft. Offering 74 seats with a 62 inch leg room it will also feature menus devised by the Mitchelin chef Christophe Langree at Hotel Matignon in Paris. Thai Airways launch Airbus A380 on London route Thai Airways will start operating its first Airbus A380-800 non-stop from London to Bangkok from 1 July 2015. This aircraft will fly one flight each day departing Heathrow Terminal 2 at 12.30 arriving Bangkok at 5.45. There will be 435 economy seats filling the lower deck and back of the upper deck with 60 Royal Silk executive class seats and 12 Royal First seats.