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28 Jan 2008 by Mark Caswell

100 million The amount in UK pounds Sterling spent on the Park Plaza County Hall hotel, due to open on February 1. The property has 398 rooms and is located near Waterloo station.

10.3 million The number of visitors to Singapore in 2007. The Singapore Tourist Board says it recorded just under 500,000 visitors from the UK last year – up 1.5 per cent on 2006.

4 million The record number of people passing through Brisbane airport in 2007. The figure was helped by the addition of China Eastern and Etihad flights to the Australian city last year.

85,000 The number of people who have registered an interest in flying into space with Virgin Galactic. The company unveiled the latest designs for its spaceship last week, and test flights are due to start this summer.

527 The number of lounges now available to premium passengers within the Oneworld Alliance – an increase of 66 in the last six months. The main reason for the rise is the addition of affiliate carrier Dragonair in November 2007.

100 The number of years since the opening of the Waldorf Hilton. The iconic hotel celebrates its official centenary this week, and will be holding a number of events throughout the year, including a Tango Tea in February.

60 The number of storeys in the new Intercontinental Doha West Bay, due to open in 2009. The 540-room property will comprise both hotel rooms and serviced apartments, and is the second Intercontinental in the Qatari capital.

54.6 The percentage of visitors to businesstraveller.com who say their baggage has been lost or delayed by an airline more than once. Just 12.5 per cent said they had never experienced the inconvenience. Click here to take part in our latest survey.

13.2 The percentage increase in passengers recorded by Swiss Airlines last year. The airline carried a record 12,208,558 travellers on its scheduled services in 2007.

One The first Millennium Hotels and Resorts property has opened in the UAE. The Copthorne Hotel Dubai is located in Port Saeed, and has 163 rooms, four restaurants, a swimming pool and a fitness centre.

by Mark Caswell

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