The Hotel of Tomorrow Project is a global think tank of 325 hospitality industry executives. The Gettys Group, a design, development and consulting firm, spearheaded the project. Since June, the group gathered online to create, review and test concepts. The think tank includes representatives from a range of brands like Hilton, IHG, Four Seasons and Marriott.
Sixteen worldwide teams submitted 79 ideas in the Hotel of Tomorrow Project. In turn, more than 1,000 hospitality executives surveyed the ideas to select the ones with the most future potential. As a result, five cutting-edge concepts emerged.
- Bed XYZ: An optimized sleep platform features engineered fabrics and an array of smartphone applications
- Outside In, Inside Out: Incorporates the outdoors into interior spaces with lighting, scents, sounds, plant material and more
- Hotel Rover: A self-driving vehicle complete with AI-powered applications to sleep up to four guests or transport guests
- Journey Pebble: A digital, encrypted wearable to share guest preferences for a seamless, personalized stay
- Robot Alliance: Robots allow guests to drink and dine beyond the confines of the hotel restaurant and bar
“The COVID crisis has created a need for answers to questions hotels could not answer on their own,” said Ron Swidler, chief innovation officer, The Gettys Group. “We needed to think beyond room cleaning initiatives and air purifying systems and develop long lasting solutions that addressed health, safety, sanitation, technology, aesthetics and environmental concerns.”
Galataport Istanbul, a new cruise and lifestyle destination on the Bosphorus in Istanbul, welcomed its first ship, SeaDream II, on Oct. 1. Approximately 150 passengers and crew from Bulgaria Varna arrived at 10 a.m. for a two-day homeport operation before continuing to Bulgaria Burgaz.
Since its prestige for attracting the world elite grew in the 1960s, Greece remains the go-to destination for glittering holidays. Each step of the journey is enrobed in luxury, from culinary traditions with the highest standard of execution and name-brand, high-end shopping to first-rate wellness locales and elite accommodations, like 5-star hotels, private villas and yachts.
The countdown to Halloween weekend is on! Are you are still unsure about plans? Do you go to a house party? Stay in to hand out candy? Try something different this year and join Philadelphia’s The Mütter Museum at its 6th annual Mischief at The Mütter.
There’s an aspirational rustic chic/farm-to-table restaurant genre often associated with Northern California’s wine country. When you drive down the main street of Napa, Sonoma or any of the other towns, it appears there are as many of them as there are vineyards. And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with this genre, as the quality of the food is consistent and ambitious chefs earnestly endeavor to elevate home-style dishes to a higher standard.
The Global Business Travel Association’s (GBTA) Convention 2021 will be unlike any other convention before it, as we come together in person for the first time since the business travel industry drastically changed and look forward to rebuilding and reshaping the future. GBTA Convention 2021 will bring all of us together to learn from experts and each other, in-person at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida, Nov. 17–19. The safety of our attendees is our top priority. View health and safety protocols.
San Francisco’s The Clift Royal Sonesta Hotel has a new offer honoring the history of Frederick C. Clift, the visionary behind the property. The Live Like Frederick offer includes fine amenities for four people, beginning with a two-night stay in the hotel’s Private Apartment and the connecting junior suite for quad occupancy.
Oct. 16 is World Food Day. In honor of the day, WalletHub, the personal-finance website, released its report on 2021’s Best Foodie Cities in America. To determine the best and cheapest local foodie scenes, WalletHub compared more than 180 of the largest U.S. cities across 29 key metrics. The data set ranges from affordability and accessibility of high-quality restaurants to food festivals per capita to craft breweries and wineries per capita.
Without a doubt, the pandemic changed the role of airports in the travel industry. Hamad International Airport’s role evolved in many ways since the pandemic hit. Now, more than ever, airports are responsible for creating a secure passenger experience. As the gateway to Qatar and the world, the safety and wellbeing of staff and passengers has always been at the core of Hamad International Airport’s strategy.
According to a ValuePenguin survey of more than 2,000 consumers, 41 percent of Americans are members of a travel-related rewards program, which means more than half of consumers are missing out on opportunities to earn rewards, with 59 percent of Americans not taking advantage of any such programs.