What Keeps Corporate Travel Managers Up At Night

by Paul Riegler

If there’s one thing that keeps corporate travel managers up at night more than a crying baby or barking dog it’s cost control.
The corporate travel manager is responsible for all business travel within his organization. This includes negotiating airline, hotel, car rental, and travel agency contracts, as well as providing supporting tools for employees to book travel. The job entails tracking the movement of employees while on the road, and …

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Lobby Bar – April 24: Midas’ Daughter, Improvisational Hospitality, and In-Flight Death Matches

by Jeremy Del Nero

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Goldy Galore. Jonathan Spira sees the Woman in Gold, revisiting his childhood in Vienna. It’s a little-known fact that the film is actually a sequel to the 1964 Bond film “Goldfinger,” following the story of the Bond girl who was lost beneath a mountain of gold but uncovered a year later in full health.
High tolerance. Paul Riegler takes his set …

Bowers & Wilkins A5 AirPlay Speaker – Review

by Paul Riegler

Bowers & Wilkins, or B&W, is a British company known for its high-fidelity speakers. It has added consumer electronics to its product lineup, and one recent addition is the Apple AirPlay-equipped A5.
The A5 is an elegant black rectangular unit with metallic accents that houses twin 20W mid and low range speakers as well as twin 20W tweeters. Included is an egg-shaped remote that controls power as well as volume, play/pause …

Grosvenor House Apartments by Jumeirah Living, London, England – Hotel Review

by Jonathan Spira

While a stay at a hotel can be a treat, frequent visitors to a city may want something that reminds them of home, or perhaps even a more luxurious version of home. Such is the case with Grosvenor House Apartments by Jumeirah Living, situated on Park Lane overlooking Hyde Park in London’s Mayfair district.
I arrived at the property midway through a longer-than-usual stay in London, looking forward to a home …

Weber’s Drive-In, Pennsauken Township, N.J. – Restaurant Review

by Paul Riegler

The drive-in restaurant, a dining establishment where patrons are served a meal while parked, closely followed the introduction of the automobile at the start of the twentieth century. The first drive-in was Kirby’s Pig Stand in Dallas, Texas, which opened in 1921.
Drive-ins achieved their heyday in the 1950s and 1960s and their popularity began to wane with the introduction of drive-through restaurants – establishments where patrons can order take-away food …

‘Woman in Gold’ – Movie Review

by Jonathan Spira
The Hotel Sacher, one of the movie's settings in Vienna

“Woman in Gold” is a film I approached seeing with trepidation. There are several reasons for this.
First, the lines, “They destroyed my family. They killed my friends. They forced me to abandon the people and the places that I loved,” could have been written about my family’s experience. My father left Vienna in the Kindertransport after the Anschluß, and his parents left the city as well.
Second, I continue to be …

Lobby Bar – April 17: Intravenous Chocolate, Decapitated Celebrities, and Deadly iPhone Games

by Jeremy Del Nero

Lobby Bar – A Tricky-Dick Summary of FBT News and Views
Hoo hoot. The results are in! Find out what keeps corporate travel managers up at night.  Topping the list, corporate travel managers toss and turn in their sleep wondering how many licks it takes to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop.
Happy place. On board a Delta flight from Moscow to New York, Jonathan Spira makes the hardest decision …

Delta One/BusinessElite Moscow-New York – Flight Review

by Jonathan Spira

Sheremetyevo International Airport is one of the three major airports that serve Moscow and is Delta Air Lines’ home in Russia. Delta inherited the route from Pan Am, the first U.S. carrier to fly to Russia, at the time the Soviet Union, after Pan Am’s demise in 1991, and now operates a non-stop flight to New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport five times a week.
After a few days in Moscow, I …