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31 Jan 2008 by Mark Caswell compiles this week’s stories from the lighter side of business travel.

Pillow talk

Conrad Hotels and Resorts has introduced a “pillow menu” for guests, with “destination-based and mood-inspired” varieties available at its properties worldwide. Guests at the Conrad Bangkok can try out the “Shogun Pillow”, made of woven tatami rush designed to moderate temperature, absorb humidity and keep air fresh, while at the Conrad Chicago the “Cold and Flu Pillow” is infused with four essential oils to relieve congestion and muscle aches. In total there are 75 different types on offer – enough to send you to sleep.

Lounging around

Emirates is to install state-of-the-art massage chairs at all of its 18 airport lounges worldwide, following successful trials at its lounge in Singapore. The airline plans to roll out the chairs over the next few months, and describes the experience as being like a “seat spa” – presumably without the indoor swimming pool and steam room.

It’s no yolk

The Hilton Copenhagen Airport hotel has hatched an idea for the stressed traveller – the Golden Egg spa treatment. Guests shell out to lie cocooned inside the hollow of a soundproofed, super-sized golden egg, affording the user a “deep sense of relaxation and stillness”. Perfect for the business traveller with scrambled nerves – we wonder if anyone else will poach the idea?

Mind your manners

Transport for London is launching a series of posters and short films aimed at encouraging travellers to be more considerate of one another when using public transport. The ads show the effects on other passengers of anti-social behaviour such as talking on mobile phones or playing music too loud. Ken Livingstone, mayor of London, says the campaign examines ways of making our journeys “more pleasant and less stressful”. So presumably it will also tackle the issues of delays, overcrowding and price hikes.

What a drag

The Haymarket hotel in London is launching a weekly cabaret show at its pool bar, featuring West End drag artists “The Globe Girls”. The performances take place at 7.30pm and 9.30pm every Friday night, and according to the hotel, you can expect “polished performances and a dazzling array of costumes featuring extravagant feathers and sparkling diamonds” – sounds like a normal day at the Business Traveller office to me.

By Mark Caswell

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