• Can you travel on a passport within six months of its expiry date?

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. All Australian passports carry an expiry date, but can you actually use your passport right up until it expires, even when that date is less than six months away? As it turns ...

    POSTED 7 Feb, 2019 9 Comments

  • Here's how to tailor your jet lag strategy to suit each trip

    When it comes to jet lag, a proactive approach to managing it is better than a reactive one: there's nothing worse than yawning in the middle of an important business meeting, regardless of how far you've flown to get there. As somebody who regularly travels long distances for work, over the yea...

    POSTED 1 Feb, 2019 21 Comments

  • Chinese New Year 2019: our guide for business travellers

    Chinese New Year 2019 begins on Tuesday 5 February, ushering in ‘The Year of the Pig’ and a two-week long Spring Festival celebrating family, prosperity and good fortune. It’s also a particularly busy travel period in the regions that recognise the Lunar New Year, inc...

    POSTED 14 Jan, 2019 9 Comments

  • Make your reservation at these newest London restaurants

    The year ahead looks promising for London diners as high-profile chefs and restaurateurs from the U.K. and around the world prepare to open new restaurants, even in the face of Brexit concerns. Here are four we're eagerly awaiting, and why they should be on your list the next time a business lunc...

    POSTED 11 Jan, 2019 2 Comments

  • Power up your Australian passport with these six savvy traveller tips

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. Don't take your Australian passport for granted – here are six ways to make the most of it. 1. Make your passport last longer when running out of pages Many busine...

    POSTED 4 Jan, 2019 20 Comments

  • How to travel by train from Hong Kong to Shenzhen

    Many business travellers headed to Hong Kong also choose to visit nearby Shenzhen, which is perched on the edge of the Chinese mainland but barely one hour away. Considered the heart of the Pearl River Delta manufacturing zone, Shenzhen is one of China's eight business- and trade-friendly "...

    POSTED 4 Jan, 2019 16 Comments

  • Why you should never pay in Australian dollars on overseas trips

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. When using your Visa or Mastercard debit or credit card overseas to make purchases or ATM cash withdrawals, you may be asked if you’d like to pay in Australian dollars ra...

    POSTED 20 Dec, 2018 37 Comments

  • USA lengthens ESTA processing times: no more instant approvals

    Business travellers and tourists heading to the United States under the visa-waiver program will now need to apply for their US ESTA at least 72 hours before travel or risk being offloaded from their flight, with the US Government no longer granting “real-time” ESTA approvals. Althou...

    POSTED 18 Dec, 2018 22 Comments

  • Cash Passport Platinum Mastercard helps you avoid overseas fees

    If you’re a frequent traveller, you’ll know that paying for goods and services overseas can quickly add up with all those pesky fees associated with international transactions. Mastercard’s Cash Passport Platinum pre-paid travel money card can help you avoid those international...

    POSTED 11 Dec, 2018 0 Comments

  • From golf balls to smartphones, graphene changes how things are made

    Once hyped as a miracle material, super-thin super-strong graphene is finally making its way into consumer goods. By now you’ve probably heard of the coming graphene revolution. Perhaps it was in 2004, when a team of scientists at the University of Manchester in England announced they...

    POSTED 4 Dec, 2018 0 Comments

  • NSW chauffeur-drive hire cars lose access to bus lanes

    Chauffeur-driven hire cars in NSW will no longer be able to use bus lanes following the state government's decision to roll the industry into a new all-encompassing category of 'point to point' transport operators. The government's Transport for NSW department no longer issues the white-on-black...

    POSTED 28 Nov, 2018 15 Comments

  • The extraordinary desserts of El Bulli have arrived in London

    Once voted World’s Best pastry chef, Albert Adrià contributed to what made an El Bulli reservation coveted for years. His fabulous desserts, rich in looks and content, first grabbed attention at El Bulli – a record five times winner of the World’s Best Restaurant title &...

    POSTED 22 Nov, 2018 0 Comments

  • These airport VIP services make flying a breeze

    How much would you pay to skip the security and customs lines at the airport? Easing the pain of jet-setting is a promise that a growing number of "airport concierge" companies are making to frequent fliers, whether they’re departing or arriving. These concierge companies are a fast-growin...

    POSTED 15 Nov, 2018 1 Comment

  • Here are the best breakfasts in London, as voted by top chefs

    Breakfast is the one meal the Brits have always done well. The novelist Somerset Maugham once observed that "to eat well in England you should have breakfast three times a day.' That’s no longer true, of course, but it still wouldn’t be a bad idea to eat nothing but breakfast in Lond...

    POSTED 2 Nov, 2018 2 Comments

  • Hong Kong, Macau and China now linked by world's longest sea bridge

    Another step in China’s project to bring Hong Kong into its bosom is complete, with the opening of a $21.2 billion, 55km bridge linking the former European outposts of Hong Kong and Macau with the mainland city of Zhuhai. Both the world’s longest sea bridge and tunne...

    POSTED 23 Oct, 2018 7 Comments

  • Here are the world’s most powerful passports

    Japan has now pipped Singapore to take the crown of ‘World’s Most Powerful Passport’, according to the 2018 Henley Passport Index. As of 1 October 2018, Japanese passport holders can travel to 190 countries without a visa, with Singaporeans able to enter 189 countries hassle-fr...

    POSTED 18 Oct, 2018 1 Comment

  • What the 'Schengen Area' means for your European business trip

    This article is part of our ongoing Business Travel 101 series for newcomers to the world of business travel. If your business travels take you to Europe, there’s a good chance you’ll visit the ‘Schengen Area’: a network of 26 countries that share open borders, ...

    POSTED 16 Oct, 2018 8 Comments

  • Four tips on proper etiquette when exploring Japan

    Japan is famed for its culture of politeness and respect, with a number of traditions which may seem unusual to those visiting this popular destination . Even if you're there for business, you’ll undoubtedly find some downtime to explore the local surroundings. Here are a few easy ti...

    POSTED 15 Oct, 2018 13 Comments

  • For the ski set, Hokkaido is powder paradise

    With some of the world's best powder, Hokkaido – in the far north of Japan – is taking over as the ultimate ski destination. Poor local snowfall is becoming increasingly common among Americans and ski enthusiasts around the globe. While the world’s best resorts have s...

    POSTED 11 Oct, 2018 9 Comments

  • Michelin's top-rated UK restaurants of 2018

    Gordon Ramsay was on hand to congratulate his former leading chef Clare Smyth today as her restaurant was one of three in the U.K. to join the list with two stars in the Michelin Guide Great Britain & Ireland 2019. Notting Hill's Core by Clare Smyth, which opened to widespread acclaim in 201...

    POSTED 3 Oct, 2018 1 Comment

  • Monaco Yacht Show kicks off with almost $5 billion in luxury vessels

    Buyers, industry professionals, and 30,000 yachting enthusiasts congregate every September at the deepwater Mediterranean port of Hercules for the Monaco Yacht Show. This weekend sees the 28th annual networking and display showcase featuring roughly 120 luxury vessels worth more than US$3.5 bill...

    POSTED 30 Sep, 2018 0 Comments

  • Tips for staying trim when travelling on business

    By nature, most business travel involves lots of sitting – whether that’s at the airport, on the flight, in meetings or in cars to and from – and plenty of eating too, such as at the hotel breakfast buffet, dinners out with clients, or again, in the air. Combine the two and it&...

    POSTED 26 Sep, 2018 24 Comments

  • How to get from Hong Kong to Shenzhen, Guangzhou via high-speed rail

    The new High Speed Rail line between Hong Kong and mainland China (sometimes also known as the Express Rail Link) connects the bustling metropolis to China's sprawling 25,000km network of high-speed rail lines. One of the most attractive destinations for business travellers from Hong Kong will...

    POSTED 21 Sep, 2018 6 Comments

  • Business traveller downtime: unwind over a long weekend in Noumea

    Like anybody else, hard-working journalists need time away – time out – from the daily grind. Ideally, that means clocking off for a week or even two, but sometimes the most you can carve out of your schedule is a long weekend. That means keeping your travels short in order to maximi...

    POSTED 7 Sep, 2018 12 Comments

  • Beyond schnitzel: your guide to eating like a local in Vienna

    Vienna is moving beyond its staid past as a center for the U.N. and OPEC meetings and taking its place as another alternative for business in Europe. Historically a bridge between East and West, its storybook 18th-century feel has been augmented with new office towers on the edges of its 23 dist...

    POSTED 21 Aug, 2018 2 Comments

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