Just landed

14 Sep 2008 by Mark Caswell
compiles stories from the lighter side of business travel. This week: W Hotels,
Radisson Edwardian, Changi airport, Crowne Plaza and ViaMichelin.

Dressed for

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.
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.

Butterfly effect

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

expert 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

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