Germany [AIRPORT RETAIL]
The star attraction of Hamburg airport’s new retail plaza, which now connects its two terminals is bookshop K Presse + Buch. The chain is owned by market leader Valora Retail, which provides commuters with their daily media fixes at 206 outlets in Germany’s airports and train stations. This flagship branch stocks over 4,500 magazines and newspapers, over half of which are specialist publications.
If you can’t find a newspaper title on the shelves you can get one printed for you. Its print-on-demand service (pictured) is Germany’s first and offers over 700 titles from 70 countries at the touch of a button.
Top five-selling titles: 1. Der Spiegel 2. brand eins 3. Harvard Businessmanager 4. Spiegel Geschichte 5. Stern
Tokyo [BUSINESS HOTEL]
Business hotels run by the Tokyu Corporation are a staple of cities in Japan and now the chain has opened an upmarket version of its basic format in the middle of Tokyo. The location of the Tokyu Stay Aoyama Premier is better than many of the city’s five-star hotels – a short walk from prime shopping in Omotesando and Harajuku – and rooms are a fraction of the price. The adjacent shopping centre has good restaurants and a branch of Japanese toiletries brand Marks & Web.
Urban survey: 07
Address book: Helsinki
- Hotel Kämp – Old fashioned luxury in the heart of the city.
Pohjoisesplanadi 29, + 358 9 576 111hotelkamp.com
- Postres – Scandinavian food with a special focus on puddings.
Eteläesplanadi 8, + 358 9 663 300postres.fi
- Stockmann – The city’s best department store, with a bookshop designed by Alvar Aalto.
Pohjoisesplanadi 39 + 358 9 12141stockmann.fi
- Ivana Helsinki – Finnish fashion for men & women.
Uudenmaankatu 15, + 358 9 622 4422ivanahelsinki.com
- Yrjönkadun uimahalli – A traditional wood-heated sauna and beautiful pool, dating back to 1928.
Yrjönkatu 21, + 358 9 310 87401
The Park Hyatt in Milan has slimmed down its portfolio of guest rooms to accommodate three new spa suites. The spacious offerings include a 160 sq m Imperial Suite with Venetian mosaic flooring in the dining room. Two of the suites come with Turkish bath, massage table and treadmill, saving travellers the trek to the basement spa.
Colombia [NEW ROUTES]
Over two million tourists went to Colombia in 2008 and that number is set to rise. Delta Airlines has new daily flights between JFK and Bogotá; Spirit Airlines is now flying to Medellín, Cartagena and Bogotá from Fort Lauderdale, and JetBlue flies to Bogotá from Orlando.
Sol Kerzner’s One & Only Resorts has signed up TechnoGym to install its fitness facilities. There’s a high-tech key system that lets you make sure the equipment at any resort – or your home – knows your routine.