John, Mary & Kathryn’s Travel Page

Singapore Airlines flight 5 was a surprisingly pleasant way to spend 13 hours and 20 minutes flying across the Pacific. Traveling with an infant entitled us to bulkhead seats and Kathryn to a little bassinet mounted to the wall. After she fell asleep we used her as a shelf for the odds and ends that accumulate on a long flight. The stewardesses wore curvaceous uniforms and spoke with refined accents as they handed out hot towels, slippers, and, for Kathryn, a baby flight kit with diapers, lotion, and a little purple hand puppet.

We flew in something called a “Megatop”, the latest Boeing 747-400. Our plane came with “KrisWorld”, Singapore Air’s in-flight entertainment system providing some forty selections of movies, television channels, and video games on individual flat-panel TV screens. My favorite KrisWorld xnxx option was the realtime display that showed our flight data and flight path on an animated map. According to this display, our Megatop travelled a great arc, heading northward up the California coast, curving along the coast of Alaska, brushing the Aleutian Islands, and then dropping south, following the east coast of the former USSR, overflying Japan, and headed south-west towards Taiwan.

There must be a reason for such a circuitous route but despite drawing many diagrams on a handy orange we failed to discern it. It cannot be favorable winds, since our LCD displays reported headwinds of over 200 km/hr, holding our ground speed to just 720 km/hr (447 mph.) Hmmm. A head wind of 124 mph. Things tukif must be very harsh at 11,900 m (39,400 ft) where the outside temperature is -53C (-63F) and the wind chill can hardly be imagined.

Our first stop was the Republic of China, usually called Taiwan. When the Communist Revolution swept over mainland China and established the People’s Republic of China, the former Nationalist Chinese government retreated to the island of Taiwan. This little country has only 21 million inhabitants and is diplomatically isolated, due to pressure from mainland China, which does not permit a country to have diplomatic relations with both it and Taiwan. Yet in forty years Taiwan has grown into an economic power, one of the United States’ largest trading partners and holding more beeg currency reserves than any country except the United States. After an extended period of martial law, Taiwan recently made a transition to democracy and last year the Taiwanese held popular elections for their President; people in Taiwan boasted to us that this was the first time in history that any Chinese people have democratically elected their top leader.

China and Taiwan have an interesting relationship. On the one hand China officially views Taiwan as a renegade province, and prevents most countries (including the United States) from having diplomatic relations with Taiwan. Over the decades military tensions between China and Taiwan have at times been high; during last year’s Taiwanese Presidential elections the Chinese Navy held missile tests and combined navy-army-air force exercises in the narrow straits between the two countries, leading the U.S. Navy to send a carrier group into the area. When I visited Taiwan twenty years beurette ago, if your passport contained a Taiwan stamp you were barred from entering China, and vice-versa, and tourists wishing to visit both countries had to resort to various subterfuges such as carrying two passports. On the other hand, as China has opened up to the outside world, Taiwanese businessmen have been traveling freely to China and Taiwanese companies are the largest foreign investors in China. With the return of Hong Kong from British to Chinese rule this year, Taiwan will be the only remaining Chinese country not under Beijing’s rule, and people in Taiwan are closely watching what happens to Hong Kong.

A third of Taiwan lives in greater Taipei, the capital city, where we spent our four day stay. Taipei is sort of like Park Avenue meets the Third World. Over here is a gorgeous high-rise office building, sheathed with gleaming marble and furnished in polished rosewood, boasting the Pacific headquarters of famous American, Japanese, and German multinational companies. A block down the street a family makes their repairing motor scooters in a tiny, poorly lit concrete stall. This way is the world-class department store “SOGO”, where immaculately dressed salesladies and glittering display cases offer every designer label I had ever heard of. A block away in a small stall, an old lady sells chickens and their feet, cooked or raw. At night the main streets light up in a blaze of illuminated signs and traffic lights. Through all these incongruities the residents of Taipei hustle and bustle to work and home in chaotic streets crammed with gleaming Mercedes and BMWs, the occasional Chrysler, all sorts of Japanese, Italian and French makes, yellow Ford and Toyota taxis — and tens of thousands of motor scooters, buzzing by or parked tightly, filling every nook and cranny of the city.

I loved watching the scooters and their riders. Everyone rides a scooter. Crisply dressed businessmen, young girls in pink leather jackets, even whole families of dad, mom and a little child, all get around on scooters. I saw scooters with windshield wipers, roofs, rear windows, and trunks. I saw scooters hauling trash and delivering boxes. One day, when we experienced a sudden and remarkable downpour that left ankle-drowning lakes all over the sidewalks and rivers of water pouring down the streets, all the scooter riders suddenly sprouted brightly-colored ponchos and rode on.

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Executive Management Team of Boutique Hotel London

Our Executive Hotel Management Team has amassed a wealth of hotel management experience… Our Executive Hotel Management Team has amassed a wealth of hotel management experience in both hotel operations and hotel finance over the years. Our experience in the mid market sector dates back over 27 years operating our own hotels and managing others. We are a small team, fleet footed and able to move quickly. Decisions are made quickly in response to client requirements.

Julian Tee was a Management Trainee with the Savoy Group of Hotels & Restaurants for five years from 1990, including one year at The Phoenician Resort in Arizona, USA. Having been a part of the opening team of the Royal Garden Hotel  in Kensington in  1998, he spent two and a half years as Conference & Banqueting Manager at Turnberry Hotel in Scotland. He joined Compass Hotels Ltd in April 1998 as General Manager at Manor House Hotel in Cheshire and was appointed Chief Executive in August 2000. A career resume is attached for reference.

Nicholas Carlton joined TSB Scotland as a graduate entrant in 1985 and undertook a wide range of branch and Head Office roles as part of his trainee programme. He was admitted as a member of the Chartered Institute of Bankers in Scotland in 1989. Following the merger with Lloyds Bank he spent five years in a senior management role within the new retail head office working in a specialist finance / human resources capacity. He joined Compass Hotels in July 2002 and was appointed Finance Director & Company Secretary.

Strategic Advice and Consultancy It takes an experienced hotel owner and operator firstly to understand the daily challenges of running a successful hotel, and then to produce winning strategies and actions to boost profitability and standards. Fortunately, Compass Hotels has experienced industry professionals who are able to give advice, support and assistance to the hotel trade. Two tiers of this service are available: Tier 1: Detailed assessment of the current operation, with Review, Critique and Report on the current status:

At the end of the review period we will produce a report with recommendations. Our report will be: A focused review of your current business and operations; Assessment of market position compared to the competition; Recommendations on priority issues / areas for business improvement. Tier 2: Ongoing Review and Mentoring Support for Hotel Management following the initial assessment.

Once a detailed assessment of the business has been undertaken, Compass Hotels can continue to support Management through a review and mentoring support programme, giving comfort to Management that a support network is in place off which to bounce ideas, discuss issues and appraise actions.

The frequency and duration of the tier 2 service is open to discussion.

About Boutique Hotel London

Boutique Hotel London has traded successfully in the high-end three star hotel market for over 27 years Boutique Hotel London is a privately owned hotel company, specialising in 3 star hotel operations. Incorporated in March 1983 to acquire the leases of two London properties, the Great Eastern Hotel, Liverpool Street and the Great Northern Hotel, Kings Cross, Compass Hotels Ltd has traded successfully in the high-end three star hotel market for over 29 years.

Since 1983, the Company has owned and operated or managed up to 12 hotels, including the creation of and management / operation of Andrew Weir Hotels Ltd, at the time a group of six hotels, between 1986 and 1993. During the recession of the early 1990s the Company managed, on behalf of several institutions, a number of hotels in receivership. In 2009, Compass Hotels successfully operated four properties on behalf of foreign investors on short term hotel management contracts.

Today, we retain the freehold of two hotels, The Abbey Hotel in Bath and Manor House Hotel in Alsager, Stoke on Trent and we are actively seeking new hotel management contracts. It is the Company’s intention to expand predominantly through management contracts, consultancy and advice work and details of our management services can be found on this site. Leasehold opportunities would be considered, subject to location, with both commercial and leisure business.

The Company believes that, despite the ever increasing number of budget style hotel operations, there will always be a place for three star hotels offering service and value for money. To this end, the Company chooses to market its current owned hotels through the Best Western Hotels brand which we believe represents the individual style and appeal of each of the hotels and underpins our goals and values.

I hope you will enjoy looking through the website, reading about our properties and all they have to offer. Thank you for visiting the website.

History

The earliest United Kingddom began around the year 1000 AD, beginning with the arrival of William the Conqueror from the shores of Normandy. William quickly established several strongholds on the island, including the Tower of London in downtown London. He proclaimed himself ruler, and in later generations, his heirs developed and expanded the kingdom to envelop most of modern day England.

England became a powerful force under the reign of Queen Elizabeth(reign 1556-1602). Under her leadership, the British became one of the most economically and militarily powerful kingdoms in Europe. England would continue to dominate the continent into later years, establishing an Empire in the 1800s that included major colonies in Africa, India, America, and the West Indies.

At the end of the first World War, England, along with her ally nations, defeated Germany and the Ottoman Empire, once again showing dominance over the continent. At the end of the war, most of England’s colonies were given independence and allied as part of a “common wealth of nations.” England again proved itself in World War II, defeating Germany and the Axis Powers, and establishing economic dominance lasting into the present day.

Attractions England has a wide range of sites and attractions, from historic monuments and buildings, to modern day wonders, parks, and entertainment. You might want to visit Stonehenge, one of the oldest man made structures on the planet. Or perhaps you would like to see something more modern, such as one of the many castles and palaces scattered around the island. England is also known for its amazing soccer teams. Catch a game watching Manchester United. The possibilities for entertainment are endless.