By Catharine Brockman Kuchar
- Following in the "extended-stay" trend, Marriott International Inc. opened two TownePlace Suites hotels, located outside Atlanta and in Loudon County, Virginia. Additional locations are scheduled to open this year in Houston and Milwaukee. Business-traveler-friendly features include large work areas with fully equipped kitchens, on-site faxing and copying, personalized voice mail, 24-hour staffing, free local phone calls, and two-line telephones with data ports.
- Tired of getting delayed at the airport? Consider the Priority Pass, which grants membership to more than 200 airport club lounges worldwide. For $225 per year, Entrepreneur readers who mention they saw this offer here are guaranteed unlimited access to the lounges, regardless of the airline you fly. (The regular price is $295.) Interested? Call (800) 352-2834.
- The Seelbach Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky, offers to-go meals prepared the day of your flight. Choices include smoked ham with Swiss on sourdough, a sliced tenderloin and sirloin sandwich or walnut chicken salad on molasses walnut bread. For information, call (800) 333-3399.
- Avis now provides an online, real-time reservation system located in the Reservations and Rates section of the Avis Galaxy Web site (http://www.avis.com). Avis Res-O-Matic enables site visitors to check auto availability and rates as well as make and cancel reservations in real time for all Avis locations throughout the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
- Begin looking for in-room Internet access systems at Hilton Hotels. The system has already been installed in several hotels around the country and enables Hilton guests to check e-mail using wireless infrared keyboards, play a variety of games, and continue to access premium movies and other services through in-room TV sets for a fee.
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