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Welcome Hopefully, by the time you read this the sun will have come out of hiding and started warming us up a bit.    Although we are very proud of the service we provide to you, we are aware that our weakest link has been 24 hour service.  After a thorough review and trials we have  decided to do this differently, providing more staff at key times and more support in the event of a major incident.  You will have received a new phone number 01908 00 9975  by G-bulletin already.  All you need to do is store it in your smartphone for those “special” moments.  Please be aware that it is for emergencies, and we urge you to call only if you need some action taken that cannot wait until regular office hours.   As we work so closely with you, we assume we know exactly how you feel about our work.  Just to check on this we would really appreciate your taking a moment to follow the link below and post your frank comments and suggestions.  If you would like us to contact you about any issues, please add your email or phone number.  Of course, our Account Directors are always available to you.

Click to leave feedback Finally, we welcome some new blood to the stable in the shape of Jade who joins our City team.  I hope you will enjoy the usual round-up of news and take a minute to enter one of the easy competitions with some great prizes to be won. Wishing you a warm and sunny Spring. Dominic Joyce - Managing Director

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A new approach to travel with Air France at Paris-Charles de Gaulle Depart from 16 airports across the UK, including London Heathrow, and discover Air France's brand new flagship boarding area at Paris-Charles de Gaulle, offering seamless connections to the world. Equipped with the latest technologies, the spacious and luxurious new boarding area offers 6,000 sq. m. of boutiques, bars and restaurants plus 25,000 sq. m. dedicated to a comfortable boarding lounge. With an investment of 580 million euros, Paris-Charles de Gaulle takes on a new dimension – offering shorter connection circuits, a smoother flight transfer experience plus the largest Air France Business Class lounge.

New Air France Business Lounge At the heart of the boarding area, Air France welcomes Business Class passengers to its brand new lounge for some relaxation. Dedicated to well-being, the largest Air France lounge embodies Air France’s ambition to offer its customers the very best in French art of living and technological innovations. • Relax and unwind: Clarins offers a dedicated service in three specially equipped cabins, with beauticians providing face and body treatments for complete relaxation. • Celebrating French gastronomy: enjoy a hot or cold snack, or select from a varied range of cuisine adapted to the time of day, at our buffet. • A moment to savour: choose from champagne, wines from the Air France cellar, plus alcohol served on board, offered on a self-service basis. Other lounge benefits include: • Dedicated Customer Service area to handle your questions in a personalised way • A wide selection of newspapers and magazines via digital tablets • Separate VIP area Alexandre de Juniac Chairman and CEO of Air France:

“In these times of transformation for our airline, we are reconfirming our ambition to offer our customers airport service which is among the best in the world. We are continuing to invest to guarantee all our passengers even more efficiency, fluidity and quality of service”. All information correct at 06.03.13 and subject to changes without prior notice.

For further information on all Air France products and services please contact your Account Director management@grosvenortm.co.uk

Competition Time For your chance to win our Spring Star Prize: 2 return economy flights to Paris (courtesy of Air France) and a 2 night stay in a Superior Room at Mandarin Oriental, Paris Hotel, please answer the following 2 questions correctly: 1) How many UK airports can you travel from on Air France to Paris-Charles de Gaulle? 2) On what street is Mandarin Oriental Paris hotel located? (See page 2 for Mandarin Oriental, Paris feature) Please send your answers to competition@grosvenortm.co.uk by 31st May 2013, Good Luck!

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Luxury, Warmth & Style in Paris Mandarin Oriental, Paris welcomes you in the very heart of the French capital. The beautifully designed and luxuriously appointed 99 rooms and 39 suites are among the most spacious in Paris and all include high-level soundproofing and state-of-the-art audio visual technology. The hotel is enviably situated on rue SaintHonoré, (one of the most fashionable streets in the world) only steps from the Louvre. Award-winning chef and Culinary Director, Thierry Marx offers unique and exquisite dining experiences at its two restaurants and its bar, from modern dining at Camélia to haute cuisine at two-Michelin-star gourmet restaurant Sur Mesure par Thierry Marx. Over their stay, guests are also welcome to enjoy a serene Spa and comprehensive fitness facilities including a 14 meter long twin-lane swimming pool and fully-equipped fitness centre opened 24 hours a day. Mandarin Oriental, Paris was awarded “Best Business Hotel” by Wallpaper Magazine in 2011 and nominated in Condé Nast Traveller’s Hot List 2012  in the “Best New Hotels of 2012” category.

Air Canada had another award winning year in 2012... ….winning numerous awards based on annual readership surveys conducted by U.S travel magazines: • ‘Best North American Airline for International Travel’ and ‘Best North American Airline Inflight Experience’- Business Traveler Magazine • ‘Best North American Airline for Business Class Service’, ‘Best North American Airline for International Travel’- Premier Magazine In 2012, Air Canada was ranked the Best International Airline in North America in a worldwide survey of more than 18 million airline passengers conducted by independent research firm Skytrax. Looking ahead to the summer schedule, Air Canada recently announced the launch of its new carrier ‘Air Canada rouge’. From 1 July 2013, the new leisure carrier will offer services to some of the most popular destinations in Europe and the Caribbean. Air Canada rouge flights will depart from Air Canada’s main hub at Toronto Pearson International Airport to Edinburgh three times a week. The new leisure carrier fleet will initially comprise of two Boeing 767-300ER aircraft operating transatlantic flights in a two-cabin configuration. Complimentary meals and beverages will be served on the flights.

Competition Time For your chance to win £75 Capital Bond Shopping Vouchers courtesy of Air Canada, please answer the following question: When will Air Canada rouge start to operate its seasonal services? Please send your answers to competition@grosvenortm.co.uk by 31st May 2013, Good Luck!

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Experience the 5-star Service of Qatar Airways At Qatar Airways, hospitality isn’t only about responding to your needs, but anticipating the comforts and services that make the difference between a good flight and a great one. Luxury in the Sky Whether you need an office in the sky or to relax in your own private sanctuary, Qatar Airways offers you the space you need. Your seat provides you with the opportunity to carry out your business discreetly so you can focus on the task in hand • Laptop power outlets • USB plug • Personal telephone • Access to live news coverage and newspapers from around the world. Taking time out from work is not a problem in Business Class. There are over 1000 entertainment options to choose from. • Select from the very latest movies, TV, and games • Indulge your passion for music by creating your own audio playlist with your personal jukebox. • Keep well rested during your flight. Qatar Airways goes beyond Business Class with fully flat beds onboard their Boeing 777s. Generous legroom allows you to stretch comfortably and the built-in massager helps you relax. Culinary Ambassadors When Qatar Airways set out to develop menus for their aircrafts, they looked no further than today’s leading international chefs, each a master of their local cuisine. Together, Nobu Matsuhisa, Tom Aikens, Ramzi Choueiri and Vineet Bhatia spent months adapting and testing their specialties for Qatar Airways’ passengers, taking into account not only flavours and spices, but how the taste buds are altered at 30,000 feet, and what types of food are most suited to longhaul flights. First and Business Class passengers will enjoy individual service and dining at their convenience. London Heathrow Premium Lounge Qatar Airways offer a 5-star experience long before you board your flight. The Premium Lounge at London Heathrow changes your experience of travel, completely. With dining experiences to suit your mood, a fully equipped business centre to keep you connected and superior hotel–style features to keep you revived before a long-haul flight. Business Class passengers enjoy access to the Premium Terminal in Doha, the world’s only passenger terminal dedicated exclusively to Qatar Airways. Qatar Airways are proud to be recognised as the World’s Best Airline two years in a row (Skytrax Global Survey 2011 & 2012). For further information on Qatar Airways routes and products please contact your Account Director at Grosvenor Travel, management@grosvenotm.co.uk

Competition Time For your chance to win a £150 Lifestyle Shopping Voucher courtesy of Qatar Airways, please answer the following question: Name the 4 celebrity chefs working with Qatar Airways on their Premium Cabin menus. Please send your answers to competition@grosvenortm.co.uk by 31st May 2013, Good Luck!

New Swiss International Air Lines route to Singapore Swiss International Air Lines are pleased to announce that they will be adding Singapore to their worldwide network as of 12 May 2013. SWISS will operate the new route with an Airbus A340-300 aircraft, which offers 219 seats and a 3-class configuration. Singapore will be SWISS’ eighth Asian destination. The new service will connect from all their departure points: Dublin, Birmingham, Heathrow, London City and Manchester. With over 20 flights every weekday from the UK and Ireland to Zurich, as well two brand new lounges at Zurich Airport, flying long-haul is more seamless than ever before. Seats are now available to book For further information regarding any SWISS route or product, please contact your Account Director at Grosvenor Travel Management management@grosvenortm.co.uk

Competition Time For your chance to win £50 John Lewis voucher courtesy of Swiss International Air Lines, please answer the following question: When will Swiss International Airlines' new Singapore route commence? Please send your answers to competition@grosvenortm.co.uk by 31st May 2013, Good Luck!

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Brussels Airlines expands its African network and frequencies  Brussels Airlines is improving its African flight offer by increasing frequencies to several destinations: • Freetown from 2 weekly to 4 weekly • Dakar daily instead of 4 weekly during the summer season • Cotonou and Conakry both from 2 weekly to 3 weekly And thanks to partner airline Korongo Airlines, smooth connections are also possible between Lubumbashi and Mbuji-Mayi. For further information regarding these routes, please contact your Account Director at Grosvenor Travel Management. management@grosvenortm.co.uk

Brussels Airlines’ award winning new longhaul product* A new experience awaits you onboard all Brussels Airlines long-haul flights in 2013. Their entire intercontinental fleet has now been refurbished, providing you with superior comfort, making sure you’ll arrive relaxed at your destination. Sleep comfortably in the new Business Class in your personal fully flat bed, or enjoy our huge selection of the latest movies on one of the largest individual touch screens in Business and Economy Class. • 1.98 m fully flat bed with adjustable foot, leg and armrests • Power seat with massage function and lumbar adjustment • Individual LED reading light and an individual LCD screen with a range of movies • Laptop connection and personal storage space • 2 pieces of baggage max. 32kgs each PLUS 2 pieces of cabin luggage max. 16kg combined. *The new long haul product introduced by Brussels Airlines this year on routes to Africa and New York, has received an important award. During the Apex Expo, the international trade fair, organised in the US every year, top professionals from the aviation industry and specialised press awarded Brussels Airlines with the prestigious Avion award for the 'Best Single Achievement in the Passenger Experience'.

Competition Time For you chance to win a luxury box of Neuhaus chocolates courtesy of Brussels Airlines, please answer the following question: What is the length of the new fully flat bed onboard all the Brussels Airlines intercontinental fleet? Please send your answers to competition@grosvenortm.co.uk by 31st May 2013, Good Luck!

United’s Economy Plus® United’s Economy Plus® offers confortable seating with up to six inches more legroom than standard Economy.   Customers with Elite status in the MileagePlus program receive complimentary Economy Plus seating (subject to availability) Plus you get all the benefits of standard Economy too: • Complimentary meals and soft drinks • Personal video screen with complimentary headsets • A variety of entertainment options including audio selection, television programming and movie selections • Multi-adjustable winged headrests

Competition Time For your chance to win a Harrods Brompton Collection Hamper courtesy of United, please answer the following question: What is United's product called that offers up to 6" of extra legroom in the Economy cabin called? Please send your answers to competition@grosvenortm.co.uk by 31st May 2013, Good Luck!

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News in brief T5 for Sydney As you may know British Airways is reconfirming its commitment to its London to Sydney route with the introduction of its newest aircraft and latest products for the Summer 2013 schedule. From 31 March 2013 British Airways flights between London Heathrow, Singapore and Sydney have moved from London Heathrow’s Terminal 3to the airline’s award-winning home in Terminal 5. In 2012 Skytrax named London Heathrow Terminal 5 as the world’s best airport terminal. Arriving and departing from Terminal 5 allows customers to have even faster and smoother onward connections with easy access to British Airways’ extensive European and worldwide network. Terminal 5 features six state-of-theart British Airways lounges, including the Concorde Room for First customers, the First and Club World Galleries lounges as well as the Arrivals Lounge. The terminal has over 100 retail and dining options, including Gordon Ramsey’s Plane Food and famous brands such as Paul Smith, Harrods, Tiffany & Co and Mulberry

British Airways New routes New flights are now in operation from London Heathrow to Palma, and from London Gatwick to Lanzarote and Tenerife A weekend service between London Heathrow and Ibiza starts from 27 April.

London Heathrow - St. John’s Air Canada is pleased to announce that London Heathrow - St. John’s seasonal service will begin on April 26, 2013.

New Routes to include Basra in Iraq Qatar Airways operates 45 flights a week from London and Manchester to over 120 destinations, including daily flights to Perth via Doha plus destinations in Iraq including Najaf, Baghdad and Erbil. This year will see Qatar Airways introduce several new destinations including Phnom Penh (Cambodia, now in operation), Chicago (USA, April 10), Salalah (Oman, May 22), Basra (Iraq, June 3), Sulaymaniyah (Iraq, August 20) and Chengdu (China, date to be confirmed). The airline now has a fleet of over 120 aircraft.

Hamad International Airport (HIA) Opening this year, ambitious and progressive, the New Hamad International Airport will transform the travelling experience. It will offer world-class travel efficiency and the highest possible standards of passenger care. After its ultimate development in 2015 and at its peak, HIA will be able to handle 50 million passengers, two million tonnes of cargo, and 320,000 flights per year. The check-in and duty-free shopping areas will be 12 times larger than those at the current airport. The energy-efficient main terminal will incorporate solar-resistant coatings, overhangs to create shade, carbon dioxide sensors, and daylight and occupancy monitors.

London Heathrow to Houston, George Bush International Airport – Now flying 3 x Daily Grosvenor Travel Management - 46 Gillingham St, London SW1V 1HU Tel +44 20 7233 9494 • Fax +44 20 7233 9495 • Email: reservations@grosvenortm.co.uk • Website: www.grosvenortm.co.uk


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Focal Point Can do. No problem. As you know this is the motto we abide by here at Grosvenor Travel Management. Our dedicated team of travel professionals do their utmost to ensure the highest level of service is provided to you during office hours.

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Outside of our normal office hours we offer an emergency service. Following a recent and comprehensive review of experiences, we have now altered the way this service is set up and run to improve service levels during these situations for you. The new team is set up around peaks and troughs of activity to reduce call waiting times for you. Constant monitoring of these activity levels with the capability to increase staff levels if required, is a new procedure now in place. A further key change to this service is that we will now undertake active management of live bookings during major incidents, and as a result will be able to advise and suggest alternatives for travellers should the need arise. The new emergency service number is 01908 00 9975 and should you have any further queries regarding this, please contact your Account Director management@grosvenortm.co.uk

Winter 2012 Prize winners

And the lucky winners are...... Congratulations to the following lucky prizewinners from our last issue: Amazon Kindle Fire courtesy of CityJet and London City Airport:  Karen Swayne from Hearst, Features & Health Editor Prima  £100 M&S vouchers courtesy of Austrian Airlines: Cathy Hawks from Apple Corps  Fortnum & Mason Voucher  courtesy of United:  Hannah Freeman, Cambridge Associates

Jade Sears This issue we are connecting you with our newest fledgling Jade Sears. Jade works with Simon and his team in our City office. Jade has always wanted to work in the travel industry and when she left school she studied travel and tourism at college for 3 years. Initially Jade intended to aim for a career in cabin crew but the college course opened her eyes to other areas of the business, which became more appealing as she continued her studies. Jade's first job was a temporary position at Thomson Airways as a Pre Flight Agent and then just as she came to the end of her time at Thomson, she contacted Grosvenor, and in her own words “I was lucky enough to get a position.” We asked Jade our usual selection of questions:

Pair of Eurostar Tickets: Gemma Russell , Brooklyn Brothers 

What is your role at Grosvenor?

One Night stay incl Breakfast at Dolphin House, courtesy of Dolphin House Hotel:  Stephanie Burridge, CCAlpha

I joined Grosvenor in September 2012 as a Trainee Business Travel Consultant.

Tea for two at the Halkin courtesy of The Halkin by Como: Astrid Vietor, Silverlake  Tea for two at the Metropolitan courtesy of The Metropolitan by Como: Elaine Jacobs, Berendsen  Enter our competitions to see your name here next issue!

Stay Connected: Remember to look out for our regular G Bulletins providing invaluable up to the minute news and information for you and your travellers.

What do you enjoy most about working at Grosvenor?  I am enjoying the whole experience of learning the business including discovering new and exciting destinations! I also enjoy building up a good rapport with our customers but most of all it’s my colleagues that make the job for me.

What do you do in your spare time? Spend time with my family and friends doing all the usual stuff a 21 year old does!

What is your most favourite travel destination and why?  So far Florida is top of the list. I loved the theme parks.

Where would you most like to visit?   Somewhere in the Caribbean as I’ve never been there before.

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