Interesting bits and pieces from around the world of travel and beyond…

London Gatwick opens new domestic arrivals route

London Gatwick has opened a new arrivals facility for domestic travellers from other parts of the UK and Republic of Ireland.

It is hoped the facility will provide a faster and more convenient exit from the aircraft through a new dedicated arrivals route.

The £24 million investment means that passengers arriving from the UK and Republic of Ireland, will now be able to disembark their aircraft from a jetty, or via aircraft steps and straight into the terminal building.

We Tried These Unusual Jet Lag Remedies to See if They Actually Work

In the pursuit of finding a cure, AFAR editors tested four jet lag treatments on their recent travels.

Discovering a new destination—along with its food, people, and landmarks—can be an exciting experience that gets your adrenaline pumping. But getting there and back can be exhausting. Flying across a number of time zones at once can make any seasoned traveler feel the debilitating effects of jet lag, a sleep disorder that can also bring headaches and indigestion.

To see if there’s actually a cure for jet lag, four AFAR editors tested several treatments on their recent travels. From homeopathic pills to a Gwyneth Paltrow–backed technique, here’s what we found:


Material Matters at The St. Regis: Covering the Job of Hotel Upholsterer

You likely haven’t paid much mind to the material covering a hotel’s chairs, sofas, and, in some cases, walls. But that’s all Jose Gabriel Perez thinks about during his workday.

The 52-year-old Perez is the upholstery specialist at The St. Regis New York, a full-time position he has held since 2007. He handles all the upholstery needs at the Marriott property, ensuring that the fabrics within the walls of the landmark hotel are preserved and in excellent condition. The scope of work ranges from mending couch pillows and curtains to re-covering armchairs and sofas.

AWFUL: IHG Hotels Will Move to Bulk Toiletries Across All 17 Brands

When you ‘make a green choice’ to let hotels save money on housekeeping, at least they’ll usually give you points so you can share in the savings (but not at the Hyatt Regency Seattle).

Marriott revealed that wall mounted toiletries save a couple thousand dollars per hotel each year. That’s a big savings across all of their managed North American properties who are making the switch from individual bottles.

Now IHG will replace mini bottles with bulk toiletries across all 17 of its brands. Naturally they say they’re doing ‘what customers expect’ by giving customers less and not sharing the savings they’ll reap across “843,000 guest rooms in more than 5,600 hotels” when the change goes into effect during 2021.

Raffles Singapore reopens after two-year renovation

Raffles Singapore has reopened for guest stays following more than two years of renovation work across its guest rooms and public spaces.

The iconic property closed for the project in February 2017.


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