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Westin Asks: Is It Lonely on the Road?

SilverJet takes off...TIA adds passport website...Loews cuts trans fat...Carlson lends a hand


It’s not just you. Frequent business travelers often feel stressed, tired and lonely while on the road, according to a study conducted by Westin Hotels & Resorts and International Communications Research, based in Media, Pa. Among the key findings of the survey, which queried 505 business travelers about their habits:

* More than 50 percent of frequent travelers experience significant shifts in their sleep habits while on the road.

* Sleep disruption affects more than 60 percent of travelers for at least two days after a long flight.

* About one-third of travelers feel more lonely while traveling, while only 8 percent feel less lonely.

* Men (36 percent) are more likely than women (29 percent) to experience loneliness on the road, and married travelers (39 percent) feel lonely more often than singles (19 percent).

* More management-level executives (43 percent) say they feel lonely than travelers at other occupation levels.

* More than three-fourths of respondents feel their lives rest in the hands of others when they are traveling.

On the other hand, many travelers see the brighter side of their business journeys.

* Nearly half of survey respondents said they feel rejuvenated by flying.

* Many view travel as an escape from their routines, both at home (47 percent) and at the office (55 percent).

* More than half see time away from their normal daily routines as one of the key benefits of business trips.

* More than three-quarters of respondents feel serene and relaxed while flying, and 61 percent experience a sense of freedom.

* Forty-two percent feel closer to God while traveling, because they are above the clouds.

* Fifty-four percent of respondents say they can think more clearly in the air.

* Flying is a social experience for many. More than half (54 percent) of those polled say they are open to meeting new people while on a flight.

London Calling

SilverJet, an all-business-class carrier, began daily service between Newark (N.J.) Liberty International Airport and London Luton Airport on Jan. 25.

The carrier is the third to offer all-premium-class service between the United States and the United Kingdom; Eos and MaxJet were launched in 2005 and offer service between several U.S. gateways and London’s Stansted Airport.

Passport Central

Last December, the Travel Industry Association of America launched a new website, www.GetAPassportNow.com, to provide information to travelers about documents and deadlines mandated by the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative. The site also provides links to help U.S., Canadian and Mexican citizens obtain passports.

Goodbye, Trans Fats

Joining the ranks of trans fat-banning institutions will be Loews Hotels. Last December, the chain declared it would ban the hydrogenated fats in its 18 hotels and resorts in the United States and Canada by June 1. Trans fats will be absent from foods served in restaurants, room service, banquets and even minibars.

Lowering the Bar

In an effort to lend a helping telescopic hand, Carlson Hotels Worldwide is making Assistive Convenience Kits available to its guests who are of short stature (4' 10" or under) or those who have one of more than 200 forms of dwarfism.

According to a spokesperson for the hotel chain, each kit contains a step stool, a reaching tool, a bar to lower the clothes rack in closets and a device to retrofit the latch-hook lock on the door.

By this July, Carlson will offer the kits at all of its owned and managed properties of 120 rooms or more in North and South America.