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The Rise of AI in the Construction Industry

Hotel Online·12 March 2019
Today, it seems as though everything is under construction. It is almost rare to walk outside without seeing a sleek looking building or a bridge being built. Although these projects are being constructed to meet the newest and latest criteria and aesthetics, the crews building them are not necessarily taking advantage of the latest available technology.

Why You Should Fire Most Hospitality Employees the First Week

Hotel Online·12 March 2019
Have you ever dated the wrong person? You likely dated that person longer than either of you wished. What if you had set that person free after the first five dates? You probably knew it wasn’t going to work out after the first date. Wouldn’t it have saved you money, heartache, and time? Exactly. That’s why I propose adopting a five-workday probation period for all new hospitality employees. You will save money on training, it’s the most ethical thing to do, and you can get back to work immediately finding the right employee.
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Nuvola, Evolutix Integrate Guestroom Automation, Energy Management Solutions

Hotel Online·12 March 2019
Nuvola, a hotel optimization and guest engagement platform known for its intuitive user interface, announces their partnership with Evolutix to integrate their guestroom automation and energy management solutions into Nuvola’s comprehensive software.

Top Tech Trends That Will Impact Travel Consultants>>?

Hotel Online·12 March 2019
As travel continues to grow, and travel expectations evolve, technology continues to impose itself in the travel booking process and also in the travel experience itself. Amadeus and its travel partners have flagged these six tech trends as the ones travel consultants should watch.

Air Black Box acquired by 777 Partners, will bring its solution to more airlines and beyond

Hotel Online·12 March 2019
Air Black Box, the first global travel technology company founded by a team of industry veterans to solve the complexities of cross-selling products and services within the aviation sector, has been acquired by investment firm 777 Partners.

In-depth analysis on hotel guest Wi-Fi and IoT expectations in 2019

Hotel Online·11 March 2019
Hotel Internet Services (HIS), a full-service provider of internet services and solutions, has announced the release of a comprehensive new white paper examining how advances in consumer technology have impacted and heightened guest expectations of hotel Wi-Fi and related services.

How to Get Your Resort & Travel Brochure PDFs to Google's Position Zero by Lodging Interactive

Hotel Online·11 March 2019
Plenty of hotels, resorts, and other businesses in the hospitality industry have brochures and guides for guests conveniently packaged into one hyper-valuable PDF. They list everything from resort amenities and pricing to events happening at the hotel to what to do in the area, and so much more.

Shurooq Partners With Shaza Hotels for Management of Sharjah Collection Retreats

Hotel Online·11 March 2019
The Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) has appointed Shaza Hotels to manage three luxurious retreats, which are Kingfisher Lodge in Kalba, Al Badayer Oasis in Al Badayer and Al Faya Lodge in Mleiha.

Hospitality Financial Leadership: The Next Big Thing

Hotel Online·11 March 2019
For almost 10 years our industry has been a rocket ship of top line growth driven almost exclusively by big gains in RevPAR driven by solid increases in occupancy and rate. You also can’t go too far inside the online world without finding articles that speak to when and if this growth will stop. We all know it will and it’s never been a question of if it will stop, the question is when it will stop. Knowing this growth inevitably will stop and being cognizant that when it does stop it will go backwards, what can you do? History always repeats itself.

Sage Hospitality Completes Sale of Halcyon, a Hotel in Cherry Creek to Rockbridge Capital

Hotel Online·11 March 2019
Sage Hospitality, one of the nation’s leading hotel investment, development and management companies, along with Denver-based developer BMC Investments, announced today the sale of Halcyon, a hotel in Cherry Creek to Rockbridge Capital. Dallas-based Makeready will take over management of the property. In addition to the 164-key hotel, Rockbridge has acquired the Halcyon and B&GC brands, which were developed and trademarked by Sage Hospitality.

Tips For Partnering with Instagrammers

Hotel Online·11 March 2019
Partnerships with travel and lifestyle Instagram influencers can help hotels reach new audiences that traditional advertising and PR may not, and now that users can book hotel rooms through the Instagram app, skilled influencers are more valuable than ever for the hospitality and travel industry.

How Google Ads determines what you pay

Hotel Online· 8 March 2019
How the Google Ads auction works, how Google determines which ad to show and where, and how it calculates how much you end up paying.

How to connect the right hotel technology with the right traveler

Hotel Online· 8 March 2019
Let’s face it hotel technology isn’t a supporting player in the guest experience anymore. It is an essential part of every guest journey, an integral aspect of each step of the guest’s experience of a property—before, during, and after the stay. As such, it can make or break those guest reviews and has long-term effects on loyalty. It seems most hotels know this because over half (54%) plan to increase their technology spending this year, according to the 2019 Lodging Technology Study.

A Beginner's Guide to Investing in Whisky

Hotel Online· 8 March 2019
Thinking of starting a whisky collection, whether for passion, investment or a bit of both? The Wealth Report brings together leading industry experts to help get you started.

Tourism offers resilience in uncertain times

Hotel Online· 7 March 2019
Tourism’s coming of age puts the sector in a position of global responsibility to face up to challenges ranging from climate change to social inclusion. Furthermore, tourism’s growth, unlike almost any other economic sector, offers the economic and social resilience needed in times of uncertainty. This was the central message delivered by Zurab Pololikashvili, Secretary of the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), during the opening ceremony of ITB 2019 in Berlin, the leading travel trade show of the world.

Silicon Valley Supply Growth Rates Increasing in Step with Demand Growth

Hotel Online· 7 March 2019
There are 80 proposed hotels and 5 expansions totaling roughly 12,000 rooms planned for development in the greater Silicon Valley area. Worse case, with 31,000 hotel rooms today, there could conceivably be a 39% increase in supply. Is it time to hit the panic button?

HVS Market Pulse: Rochester, MN - Medicine at the Forefront of Development

Hotel Online· 7 March 2019
The healthcare sector is the cornerstone of the Rochester market, represented largely by entities such as the Mayo Clinic, Saint Mary's Hospital, and Rochester Methodist Hospital, which is visited by over 1.3 million patients per year. After years of expansion and growth, the Downtown Rochester market is expected to receive an even bigger boost with approximately $5.6 billion of public and private investment injected over the next 20 years through the Destination Medical Center Initiative (DMC).

Hotel Owners Have All the Juice

Hotel Online· 7 March 2019
Who really has the buying power when it comes to hotel technology purchases? As any good salesperson knows, selling a product (or service) is as much about describing the features and benefits of product itself, as it is being able to effectively sell to the potential buyer. It's a dance, one in which an in-depth understanding of the buyer's unique expectations and values will (more often than not) be the key to making that sale. And of course, the key to appealing to buyers directly begins with understanding who holds the buying power.

Airbnb customers are booking photoshoots to #vacation like Instagram influencers

Hotel Online· 7 March 2019
For a growing number of travelers, travel is all about posing in front of a camera, preferably against a suitably Instagrammable background.

Major retailers, restaurants not ready for voice search

Hotel Online· 7 March 2019
Consumers are trending toward using their voice to search for products and conduct purchases, but few brands have incorporated a voice optimization strategy into their marketing plans.

Tourism Tidbits: Marketing To and Protecting Visiting Children - Part One of Two

Hotel Online· 6 March 2019
One of the most difficult segments of the tourism industry to which to market protect the children or young adult segment, In reality this segment breaks down into at least four sub-segments, and each of these has its own challenges and opportunities.

Eight Technology Trends to Watch Out for in the Travel and Tourism Industry in 2019

Hotel Online· 6 March 2019
In the digital age, travel and tourism have taken on new traits. Technology has given the industry new ways to communicate with customers, smoother internal operations and more possibilities for growth. As these innovations have come on the scene, the needs of guests have also evolved.

Flexing Hotel Labor Today

Hotel Online· 6 March 2019
It’s easy to say, “flex down your labor costs” when revenues drop, but is it easy to do? In a market of uncertainty and seasonal fluctuations, managing hotel property expenses is a challenging job that remains on the forefront of the minds of strategic operators. Hotels that implement a staffing strategy that adapts to these changes will keep operations running smoothly throughout the year and even throughout an economic slowdown. This can be a remarkable way to improve profits when revenues are flat or even down. With a focused attention on payroll, creative training programs, automation, and F&B streamlining, hotel operators can reduce turnover and ultimately cut property costs.

CIM Group Acquires the 254-Room the Crowne Plaza Hotel Alexandria in Alexandria, Virginia

Hotel Online· 6 March 2019
CIM Group announced today that it has acquired the Crowne Plaza Hotel Alexandria, a 254-room, 12-story hotel located at 901 N. Fairfax Street in Old Town Alexandria. CIM acquired the hotel with Carr Companies.

A Fairfield Inn by Marriott in the Shape of a Barn?

Hotel Online· 6 March 2019
You may never see another one like it. The $15 million Fairfield Inn & Suites Fair Oaks Farms in Fair Oaks, Indiana is built to look like a barn. According to nwi.com, Fair Oaks Farms opened the 99-room hotel to cater to wedding guests, those attending special events, and others. Before the new Fairfield was completed, there were no hotels in the immediate vicinity for overnight visitors and wedding parties to lodge.

Direct Booking Summit: Stick To Your Strategy and Put Your Foot Down!

Hotel Online· 6 March 2019
Last week we hosted our biggest-ever Direct Booking Summit in Singapore: Our seventh event since the series began back in 2016, this summit had it all: A stunning venue in The Fullerton Hotel, two days of killer content, and the most engaged audience of hoteliers we've ever had.

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