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8 Jul 2008 by Mark Caswell

Puff piece

Swissotel has employed a
female “cigar sommelier” at its Krasnye Holmy property in Moscow. Elena
Terekhina, who has represented Russia at the “Festival del Habano” cigar
competition in Cuba, says she is there “to find the cigar for you that will be
yours for a long time”. Businesstraveller.com wonders if the whole idea will go
up in smoke?

Flying minijumbo

German aircraft model-maker
Reinhard Oetken has built a five-metre long version of the A380 superjumbo. The
working model weighs around 100kg, has a wingspan of 5.35 metres, and takes
just 21 litres of fuel. Perhaps cost-conscious airlines will be snapping up the
minijumbo for their fleets.

Bathing culture

The Clarendon Hotel in
downtown Phoenix is offering a US$20 voucher for guests who check in wearing
their bikini or swimming trunks. The gift can be used against room service or
in the hotel’s restaurant, but beware – men checking in wearing thongs will
apparently be charged an extra US$20 “hammock-handling fee”.

Is it a bird?

To celebrate its 85th
birthday, Finnair has unveiled an Airbus A319 with a retro silver livery.
Appropriately named “Silver Bird”, the plane has been painted like a 1950s
Convair aircraft, the type used by the airline under its previous name of Aero.
Rumours that the captain will be sporting a leather jacket and teddy-boy
haircut are unfounded.

Business butlers

Business travellers visiting
the Dylan hotel in Dublin can now call upon the services of Marcin and Madison,
the property’s resident business butlers. Their responsibilities range from
providing in-room laptops for guests, to co-ordinating printing facilities and
booking restaurants. Unfortunately, their remit doesn’t stretch to closing that
million-dollar deal or taking your place at the next “blue sky” meeting.

By Mark Caswell

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