Business Traveller: Thailand alert over protests
TRAVELLERS around the world are being urged to exercise caution when visiting Thailand where anti-government protests have erupted.
The Department of Foreign Affairs is now recommending against all travel to a number of regions near the Thai/Cambodian and Thai/Burma borders, and against all travel to or through several southern provinces. It is also advising caution in the country's capital, Bangkok.
"The main protest areas are around the Democracy Monument, at government buildings and along Rachadamnoen Avenue, but protests can occur with little warning at various locations," warns the state body.
There is no Irish Embassy in Thailand, so the department said it is limited in the help it can offer.
TGV UP TO SPEED FOR PARIS-BARCA
A NEW high-speed train service is being launched between Paris and Barcelona.
The service, operated by well-known European rail company TGV, allows passengers to travel between the cities in six hours and 25 minutes – cutting the journey time by more than three hours.
The trains used are duplex-style, meaning they have two floors. Passengers on the top level will have great views of pretty French villages and the pink flamingos that gather in Étang de Thau in summer.
Travellers can connect to the service from London by travelling on the Eurostar. Those who start their trip in London St Pancras will be able to leave London at 9.31am and arrive 10 hours, 9 minutes later in Barcelona.
GO FLAT-OUT WITH UNITED AIRLINES
UNITED Airlines is rolling out flat-bed seats on all its transcontinental flights from New York City to San Francisco and Los Angeles. 28 flat-bed seats will now be available to business and first class passengers on all 15 United planes that flies those routes.
The redesigned planes will also offer business and first class passengers multi-course meals, plug outlets and USB ports.
Economy class has also been upgraded on the routes, including five extra inches of legroom per seat, personal entertainment systems, and wi-fi available for purchase.
YOUNG FREER WITH COMPANY CASH
TWENTY and thirty-somethings are well accustomed to being accused of materialism. But new travel research will strike fear into even the most jaded expenses manager, revealing that their spending habits even extend to their employers' cash.
The study, from travel company Expedia, found that younger travellers were noticeably freer with their company's money when travelling. Some 42pc of business travellers aged 18-30 reported they would spend more of their company's money on high-end meals than they would their own money, compared to 26pc of those aged 46-65.
Millennials are also fans of room service: 37pc would spend more company money on room service, versus only 21pc of 46-65 year-olds.