29.4 million bags worldwide did not fly with their owners last year, an increase of 6 per cent on 2009. In Europe mishandled bags rose to 12.6 bags per 1,000 passengers from 10.9 the year before. The rate however fell in the US to 3.6 bags per 1,000 passengers from 4.
Well the much talked about Royal Wedding is just over a day away and The Mall looks splendid all decked out with Union Jacks lining the way up to Buckingham Palace.
One Aldwych in London’s West End is currently offering a special Royal Wedding Package.
Guests staying over the long holiday weekend will enjoy accommodation for two, breakfast and dinner. You will be welcomed with champagne and a mini traditional wedding cake and can even enjoy watching the event on the day in their private Screening Room. However, the hotel is located very close to the Processional Route should you wish to see it “live”.
Starwood is going all digital and is giving business travellers the ability to check in and enter their rooms using their mobile phone. This will replace the good old key card. A barcode will be downloaded on to the guest’s phone, which in turn will give them access to their room. Let’s hope it works smoothly and you don’t get anyone wondering into your room at an awkward moment!
A special Moroccan menu is being served in the Brasserie Roux restaurant on Pall Mall for one week only until 26th March. Starters include a selection of Moroccan salads with medina flavours; assorted briwats, kefta, rice, fish and vegetables or traditional harira soup. There is then a tasty selection of Tajines and couscous to choose from including Sea bream tajine Fes style and Lamb tajines with plums plus four other dishes.
Our man on the ground in London informs us that the brand new Olympic Countdown Clock in Trafalgar Square stopped working less than 24 hours after it was unveiled to the world. In fact it started counting backwards! The other side of the clock was however working apparently, showing the countdown to the Paralympics. We understand that it is now working properly and counting down to the games in 499 days time.
Are you often confused as to what you should tip the Bellman for getting your luggage out of the taxi, the Doorman who hails you a cab or whether you should tip the housekeeper who cleans your hotel room?
I read last week that New Englanders and New Yorkers are ready for spring. It is not surprising given all the snow they have had this winter. Why is it that some countries seem to be able to cope with snow and others can’t?