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Welcome to your weekly trade round-up of UK business travel and travel loyalty news as well as our latest reviews and features.

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New Qatar Airways al mourjan lounge

The latest UK business travel news:

EXCLUSIVE: We get a hard-hat tour of the new Qatar Airways Al Mourjan lounge in Doha.

Norse Atlantic has announced two new routes from Gatwick – Orlando and Fort Lauderdale. Tickets are already on sale.

British Airways gains 86 weekly Heathrow slots from Flybe – what happens next?

American Airlines is to restart three transatlantic routes from Dublin for Summer 2023.

IHG’s Vignette collection has opened its first US property in Washington DC (and it’s amazing value for IHG One Rewards redemptions for a limited time).

IHG has opened a Staybridge Suites in Brighton, hugely improving the depressing branded hotel stock in the city.

Virgin Atlantic is ending its flights to Pakistan.

Regent Hong Kong, the refurbished InterContinental, is now taking room bookings ahead of its opening next month.

Business travel stories we recommend from other sites:

JetBlue wants to fly between Fort Lauderdale and Europe (Business Traveller)

Etihad Airways to launch direct service to Lisbon (Gulf Business)

Badr Airlines to launch Khartoum – Gatwick route (Business Traveller)

Amsterdam Schiphol reports €77 million loss amid capacity issues (Simple Flying)

Hans Airways deregisters its only Airbus A330 (Simple Flying)

Korean Air – Asiana competition investigation focuses on four Seoul – EU routes (FlightGlobal)

Ethiopian Airlines Cloud 9 A350

Our Ethiopian Airlines review trip to Zanzibar:

Ethiopian Airlines invited us to Zanzibar to review their Cloud 9 business class seat, two of the lounges at Addis Ababa Bole aiport and the new transit hotel in the terminal.

Click to read our reviews:

In Zanzibar, we reviewed Le Mersenne, an Autograph Collection (Marriott) hotel which only joined Marriott a few weeks ago.

Other reviews:

Rob reviews the new Qatar Airways Frequent Flyer lounge at Heathrow Terminal 4, used by oneworld elite members in Economy.

Virgin Atlantic tail fin

The latest UK travel loyalty news:

Get 30% of Virgin Atlantic redemptions in ALL CLASSES. Routes include Miami, San Francisco, Antigua, Tel Aviv and many more.

How do British Airways Executive Club household accounts work?

Barclaycard has increased the cashback on its Barclaycard Select Cashback card to 3% for your first three months. This is a FREE credit card for SME and sole traders.

Get a 3-month FREE trial of mycitizenM+.

Get a 100% bonus when buying IHG One Rewards points. Click here to buy.

Get a 25% bonus buying World of Hyatt points. Click here to buy.

Redemption availability was wide open midweek for Hilton’s Conrad Maldives Rangali resort for the rest of 2023. If you’re lucky, you might still be able to secure some.

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