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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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Tom Otley stands down as Business Traveller editor

People news:

Tom Otley has stood down as Editor of Business Traveller magazine after almost 20 years.

From a personal point of view, I’d like to acknowledge Tom as a great ambassador for the business travel sector over the last two decades. It was always a pleasure to chat to him at a media event and his enthusiasm, knowledge and contacts were second to none.

The latest UK business travel news:

Lufthansa has unveiled its new Allegris cabins with an impressive First Suite and seven new business class seat types. Image above.

Virgin Atlantic joined SkyTeam this week and published its new Clubhouse lounge access rules.

British Airways has launched a premium cabin sale. We crunch the numbers.

Virgin Atlantic has confirmed it is planning to launch flights to Seoul.

Aer Lingus adds two new UK routes.

IHG is adding Surrey wedding venue Lythe Hill to its voco brand.

Qatar Airways has become the official airline sponsor for Formula 1.

Qatar Airways adds eleven weekly flights to London.

ETIAS, the EU equivalent of ESTA, has been delayed again.

Norse Atlantic adds another four US routes from Gatwick.

Virgin Atlantic confirms a change of management for its international Clubhouses.

Cardiff Marriott hotel has completed a full refurbishment including a new Executive Lounge.

Business travel stories we recommend from other sites:

Caledonian Sleeper rail service to be nationalised in June (The Scotsman)

Southend Airport is put up for sale (Travel Weekly)

Hilton Brighton Metropole unveils £26 million refurbishment (Business Traveller)

Why the UK has banned Lufthansa sustainability adverts (Simple Flying)

Loganair to restore Glasgow-Donegal service (Business Traveller)

London City Airport confirms new security scanners ready by Easter (TTG)

Our latest reviews:

Sinead headed to the Maldives (a tough job but someone had to do it) to look at three Marriott resorts, starting with the Westin Maldives Miriandhoo. She took her young daughter so there is a family travel angle to the article.

Rob reviews Qatar Airways business class on the A380. Can it compete without Qsuite?

Virgin Atlantic joins SkyTeam

The latest UK travel loyalty news:

Virgin Atlantic joins SkyTeam

On Thursday Virgin Atlantic officially became a SkyTeam alliance member, joining existing partners Delta, Air France and KLM. Our coverage included:

Other loyalty articles

Hyatt launches its Spring bonus points promotion.

IHG One Rewards is offering tickets for upcoming EPCR Challenge Cup and Heineken Champions Cup rugby games for just 5,000 points per pair.

What are the most valuable UK credit card sign-up bonuses?

How does Club Eurostar work?

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