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British Airways passengers are now able to check in on the go through mobile phones such as BlackBerry

in Sydney

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Sydney Festival 2009

10-31 January)

It may be freezing in Blighty, but the sun will shine on artists from all over the world in Sydney for its annual festival. Highlights in the programme of theatre, music, dance and film include Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Cate Blanchett in Wars of the

Roses, which spans eight of Shakespeare’s plays. The festival uses the city’s great outdoors. For “Play Me I’m Yours” pianos will be placed in streets throughout the city and “Dawn Chorus” will bring choral concerts to local beaches. iiNet Films Afloat will run a free programme of classic movies with new scores performed live on the water in Darling Harbour.

www.sydneyfestival.org.au

TO STAY...

Blacket Hotel

Based in Sydney’s business district, the Blacket hotel is what you would call a solid boutique hotel. The 19th century neoclassical exterior belies a calm, sober and thoroughly modern interior of creams and browns. In the restaurant, you can peer up through a glass ceiling as you tuck into your meal. If for you, the night is always young, the hotel has a nightclub Privilege Bar in the basement area, in the former bank vault. Rooms start from AUS$230/£99 a night for a deluxe room. www.blackethotel.com.aum


Information desk>

Check in, anywhere

British Airways passengers are now able to check in on the go - through mobile phones such as the BlackBerry.

No additional software is needed and the service is available in 11 languages. Mobiles with wireless connectivity can visit www.ba.com/mobile to find timetable information in real time and select seats, as well as check in individuals or groups. The mobile service follows the launch of an application allowing iPhone users to check in.

Can’t get no satisfaction

Many chief financial officers are unhappy with how their company’s travel costs are managed, according to new research.

 

The report from travel technology firm Amadeus, found 40 per cent of executives across Europe, the US and the Asia Pacific were dissatisfied with the savings from corporate travel plans.

 

The report also found that more than 50 per cent of CFOs are still not wholly convinced of the business benefits of green travel.

 

Find the study at

www.amadeus. com/corporations/CFOWP

 


NEW ROUTES>

 

Liverpool to Amsterdam

KLM is to launch a cityhopper route from Liverpool to Amsterdam, starting from 29 March 2009. Three flights will operate daily.

 


London to Copenhagen

 

EasyJet will begin a daily service from London Gatwick to Copenhagen on 15 January 2009.

The new route fills a gap left when Sterling Airlines recently collapsed. EasyJet operates three Stansted to Copenhagen flights a day.

London to Mexico City

The airline Mexicana is launching its first transatlantic route – between Gatwick and Mexico City. From 17 January, two flights will operate every week, extending to four from 17 February.


GADGET WATCH>

T-Mobile 0 G1

Google hasn’t just crept into desktops across the globe, it also has designs on mobiles. The G1 phone which runs Google’s new operating system Android has been launched through T-Mobile.

As well as a three megapixel camera and the kind of mobile web access you’d expect from an iPhone competitor, the touchscreen device has a range of nifty applications. There is access to Google maps and Googlemail, but even more exciting is software such as ShopSavvy.

It uses the camera to scan barcodes before searching for the best deal online. There’s also Ecorio, which will track your carbon footprint.

The phone has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

www.t-mobile.co.uk/g1

More staying on these shores

Business travellers may have noticed that queues have been a little lighter at check-in desks lately – passengers using BAA airports have dipped.

This September, the airports handled 5 per cent fewer passengers than at the same time last year. European charter traffic is down 12.6 per cent, North Atlantic traffic down by 6.8 per cent and long-haul routes down by 6 per cent.

SITE VISIT

www.wikitude.org

This site plucks nuggets of information from the behemoth database Wikipedia and spreads it out on maps as points of interest to enlighten travellers.

People who have a T-Mobile G1 mobile (see left), can actually view the site on the device thanks to a piece of software from Mobilizy (www.mobilizy.com).

What is special about the Wikitude AR Travel Guide software is that you can point the mobile’s camera at a landmark and information on it will automatically pop up

on screen.

 

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