Businesstraveller.com compiles stories from the lighter side of business travel. This week: W Hotels, Radisson Edwardian, Changi airport, Crowne Plaza and ViaMichelin.
Dressed for success
Gwen Stefani is to design the new uniforms for bar staff at Starwood’s W Hotels. The Californian singer has reportedly signed a deal to produce the uniforms through her LAMB fashion label, with the new attire due to debut early next year. Businesstraveller.com has No Doubt the uniforms will be a great success.
How does your garden grow?
The Radisson Edwardian Hotel Manchester has come up with an ingenius way of sourcing local foods, by launching a fully sustainable kichen garden on its rooftop. The “secret garden” includes tomatoes, courgettes, chilli peppers, onions and various herbs. A sage idea if ever we heard one.
Gardens are also on the agenda at Singapore’s Changi airport, where the Butterfly Garden has been opened inside Terminal 3. The 330-sqm passenger experience is home to more than 1,000 free-roaming butterflies from 47 species. Rumours that the whole idea was due to be mothballed are unfounded.
I think we’re alone now
Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts has announced the second contributor to its business-travel Think Tank campaign will be designer Stefan Sagmeister. The Crowne Plaza Hamburg will launch the campaign with an installation called “Travelling alone is useful for a new perspective on life” featuring a set of mannequins. Anyone who doesn’t like the display is quite frankly a dummy.
All mapped out
Road-travel expert viamichelin.co.uk has launched “Road to Knowledge”, an online treasure hunt challenging visitors to solve riddles through clues hidden in different sections of the website. Participants stand to win a trip for two to Mauritius, although businesstraveller assumes you won’t be expected to get there by car...
By Mark Caswell