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5 Stories to Read This Weekend: August 30, 2014

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It’s a holiday weekend.  Time to catch up on some feature stories you may have missed during the week. Here are some selections for you to take a closer look at.
1.) Jonathan Spira reviews the Mark Hopkins hotel in San Francisco, California, where he explores the property’s new Nob Hill Club lounge and restaurant.
2.) Karin Sun reports on the sights to see, places to stay, and food to taste in the …

Cathay Pacific to Retire Boeing 747-400 on North American Routes

Cathay Pacific to Retire Boeing 747-400 on North American Routes

Cathay Pacific announced it will fly its last Boeing 747 passenger flight to the United States on August 31.  The airline currently uses the 747-400 to operate its second of two daily San Francisco-Hong Kong flights.
Beginning September 1, both of Cathay’s daily flights between the two cities will operate using 777-300ER aircraft.  After the 747-400 is retired, the airline will serve all of its North American gateways, including Chicago, Los …

Lobby Bar – August 29: A Dawn with Don, Infamous Legumes, Transcon Crawling, and Toy Story

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The Lobby Bar – A Decadently Delicious Weekly Summary of Frequent Business Traveler News and Views 
Mad man.  Jonathan Spira stays at the Mark Hopkins hotel in San Francisco, where the views are splendid and the scents are lemony.  At the crack of dawn in the Room of the Dons, Spira ran into an old business partner, Don Draper, who happened to be pitching a new commercial to the local Don …

Mark Hopkins San Francisco, California – Hotel Review

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There are some hotels that, upon arrival, immediately make the guest feel at home. One of these is the Mark Hopkins in San Francisco, an InterContinental property I like to visit whenever possible. Over the past decade I’ve stayed here many times and the three main attractions for me are the view from the Top of the Mark, the view from the rooms, and the executive lounge on the ground …

Hong Kong-Taipei, Dublin-London, and Jakarta-Singapore World’s Busiest International Routes in 2013

Hong Kong-Taipei, Dublin-London, and Jakarta-Singapore World’s Busiest International Routes in 2013

The three busiest international routes in 2013 were Hong Kong-Taipei, Dublin-London, and Jakarta-Singapore, according to statistics published by the International Air Transport Association, while Jeju-Seoul, Sapporo-Tokyo, and Fukuoka-Tokyo were the most popular domestic ones.
Last year, 4.9 million people traveled between Hong Kong and Taipei, although that figure was down 11.5% from 2012.  Meanwhile, 3.6 million passengers flew between the capital cities of Dublin and London, while the Jakarta-Singapore route carried …

Hawaiian Airlines to Begin San Francisco-Maui Service

Hawaiian Airlines to Begin San Francisco-Maui Service

Hawaiian Airlines announced it will launch new, non-stop service between San Francisco and Kahului, a city on the Hawaiian island of Maui, on November 20. Flights will operate four times a week through December 17, at which point the service will become daily.
Flights will depart San Francisco International Airport at 9:50 a.m. and arrive at Kahului Airport at 1:15 p.m., while flights from Kahului will depart at 2:55 p.m. and …

5 Stories to Read This Weekend: August 9, 2014

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As another week comes to an end, we share with you the most important highlights from the past week.  Here are five news stories and features to peruse as you relax by the pool this weekend:
1.) Jonathan Spira lived the panda life at the Ritz-Carlton, Chengdu, in the beautiful city of Chengdu, China.  Some highlights from his stay include an opulent room with great views of the city, a harmonic …