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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Ask the Frequent Flyer

Courtesy Of Hotel Sovietsky Summit Hotels
Valery Maximov, general director of the hotel Sovietsky -- Summit Hotels and the restaurant Yar:

Favorite destination
"The United States, New York City. The businesslike energy of New York suits me."

Favorite hotel worldwide
"The Ritz in Paris, Beverly Hills Hotel in California, and hotel Wynn in Las Vegas."

Favorite restaurants worldwide
"Alain Ducasse's Louis XV in Monaco. Also, the ancient La Tour d'Argent in Paris, which has specialized in duck for centuries, receiving Russian emperors in the 19th century and heads of state of many epochs. And the Italian restaurant Bice in New York."

Favorite airport worldwide
"LAX in Los Angeles. I often fly there. Everybody at the airport knows me, even the baggage handlers -- the staff hasn't changed in years."

Which airline has the best food?
"Japanese JAL. Terrific service and food, like in a restaurant."

What did you do on your last flight?
"For the thousandth time I watched my favorite films -- 'Casino,' 'Wall Street' -- I always find something new in them. Usually I relax, look at work accounts."

What do you always take with you when you travel?
"A computer and business suits."


Bice, 5 E 54th St., New York, NY, (+1 212) 688-1999,
Beverly Hills Hotel, 9641 Sunset Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California (+1 310) 276-2251,

La Tour d'Argent, 15, quai de la Tournelle, Paris (+33 1) 4354-2331,

Le Louis XV -- Alain Ducasse, Hotel de Paris, Place du Casino, Monaco, (377) 9806-8864,

Ritz Hotel Paris, 15 place Vendome, Paris, France, (+33-1) 4316-3030,

Wynn Hotel Las Vegas, 3131 S. Las Vegas Blvd., Las Vegas, (800) 851-1703,