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The Ultimate Souvenir: BMW’S European Delivery Program

The Ultimate Souvenir: BMW’S European Delivery Program

FOR FORTY YEARS, AMERICAN BMW BUYERS HAVE BEEN TAKING THEIR BRAND-NEW CARS ON A FINE VACATION
Since the 1960s, several thousand Americans each year have taken a trip to Munich, Germany with one goal in mind.  Unlike the other American tourists, they are not there for the beer, the Schnitzel, the museums and art galleries, and the Gemütlichkeit alone.  The real reason for the trip: to pick up a new BMW …

InterContinental Resort Berchtesgaden

InterContinental Resort Berchtesgaden

Getting there is half the fun when you visit the InterContinental Resort Berchtesgaden. Few hotels offer amenities such as a twisty drive via the Alpenstraße.  My car’s navigation system guided me through the fog as we climbed to an altitude of 1000 meters.  Even though it was dark, I could sense how incredible the view would be.
And, come morning, the view was incredible.  The InterContinental Resort Berchtesgaden, built on the …

The Road Warrior’s European Fly/Drive Sojourn

The Road Warrior’s European Fly/Drive Sojourn

Friday, November 11, 2005, Munich Germany
Last week, we left off with success (insofar as Internet connectivity was concerned) in the Confetti Suite; this after two other suites had no connectivity.  Prior to my departure from the hotel (today’s plans called for a drive from Munich to Italy via Innsbruck across the Brennerpaß
as far as Sferzing, and looping back to Berchtesgaden), I passed by the front desk just in time to …

Connexion by Boeing: In-flight Internet Access Takes Off

Connexion by Boeing: In-flight Internet Access Takes Off

Lufthansa has offered FlyNet in-flight Internet service (powered by Connexion by Boeing) since mid-2004; recently, the airline added the service to New York flights ( it was launched on the Los Angeles – Munich route).  Here is a test drive.
Tuesday, November 15, 2005, 11,000 m over Europe
As soon as we reached cruising altitude, my computer detected Wi-Fi and I logged into FlyNet.  Seat power outlets are conveniently located and I had …

The Internet is in the Hands of the Lawyers

Wednesday, 9 November 2005, New York City
I start writing this column in Lufthansa’s Senator lounge.  I’m about to depart on a flight from New York (JFK) to Munich (MUC).  First things first: Lufthansa has the best beer; perhaps I shouldn’t mention this, but they have Spaten Oktoberfest on tap.
But I digress.
I’m going to Munich for several reasons, including client meetings and to participate in BMW’s European Delivery program.  The trip …

The Internet is Broken

The Internet is Broken

How to Deliver “Free” Broadband – and Take Two Giant Steps Backwards – in One Fell Swoop
Lotusphere 2004, Lotus Development Corp.’s mammoth customer event, started today (this article is being written on Sunday, the 25th of January), as it does every year at this time.  Traditionally, thousands of Lotus customers, business partners and members of the media descend on Walt Disney World, concentrating on the Dolphin and Swan hotels.
This year, I’m staying …