Arora airport hotels & Covid-19 testing

Travellers staying overnight at the Sofitel Heathrow, which is directly connected to Terminal 5, can now book a self-administered saliva-based PCR Covid-19 test kit. The facility available at the Hilton Garden Inn Terminals 2 and 3, and both Sofitel and Hilton Gatwick.

It is very fast into T5, and for parking too.

Called Arora’s ‘Test and Rest’ programme, the package is produced by HALO, a UK-based biotech firm based at the Imperial College i-Hub in White City, London. Guests at the hotel simply download the HALO app, scan their test kit, spit in a tube and put it back in the HALO pack.

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The Aspire Road Test

Editor Malcolm Ginsberg, a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, writes a full car review every month in Business Travel News. Read the full review in BTN.

The Alfa Romea Giulia Quadrifoglio is very quick indeed, quoted 0-60 in just 3.9 seconds, faster than all but the most advanced of Jaguars.

Cruising into 2021

If the air travel industry has been hard hit by Coivid-19 it is nothing compared to cruising, both deep-sea, and on the world’s rivers.

In 2019 the British travel industry sold two million cruise packages just over half requiring flights.

P&O's new flagship Iona.

With the exception of a busy January and February all ex-UK holiday cruises came a halt in 2020, with some in distant seas unable to organise flights home, finding themselves taking a slow but luxury route back to Southampton in liners such as QM2.

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Four Seasons

Just opened is the Four Seasons Bangkok, on the Chao Phraya River. Occupying 200m of waterfront the property has 299 guest rooms including suites with terraces. 


The riverside terrace view.  

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The Londoner to open

Leicester Square, in the heart of London, is about to have a new flagship five-star hotel. Opening on 21 April The Londoner is bound to become an icon. The property has been described as an ‘urban resort'.

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