HILTON LAUNCHES A COLLECTION BRAND: CURIO
Created for travelers who seek local discovery and authentic experiences, Curio will be a carefully selected, global collection of distinctive four to five star hotels. Just as the word “curio” can refer to something of interest, unique or even rare, each Curio hotel will be different from the next, with individuality being a common thread, along with the quiet reassurance of the Hilton name behind every location. Letters of intent have been signed for the following properties: SLS Las Vegas Hotel & Casino; The Sam Houston Hotel in Houston, Texas; Hotel Alex Johnson in Rapid City, S.D.; The Franklin Hotel in Chapel Hill, N.C.; and a soon to be named hotel development in downtown Portland, Ore.
MARRIOTT LAUNCHES NEW SELECT-CASUAL BRAND: MOXY
Designed to capture the rapidly emerging millennial traveler, the new brand combines contemporary stylish design, approachable service and, most importantly, an affordable price. The brand will debut in Italy, with the first MOXY HOTEL expected to open in Milan in early 2014.
The sky is literally the new limit as Four Seasons continues to reimagine luxury hospitality with the introduction of the Four Seasons Jet, the industry’s first fully branded private jet experience.
Beginning in February 2015, the Four Seasons Jet will transport 52 guests on bespoke journeys, offering discerning travellers a distinctly Four Seasons travel experience from the moment they book their trip. Four Seasons in-flight staff, including a dedicated on-board concierge, will coordinate with local Four Seasons concierges in each destination to ensure that the Four Seasons Private Jet Experience is nothing short of extraordinary.
Startup SeatSwapr wants you to trade your airline seat with another passenger and make money from it. All of this without any involvement from the airline. You check into your flight through their app, see who is selling their seat on the seat map, you purchase it (seller sets the price) through the app, and go to your new seat.
Based on the results of the Brand Vulnerability Study conducted by CG42, the leading US hotel groups are projected to lose a combined $10B in annual spending over the next 12 months if existing frequent traveler frustrations are not addressed. Of the leading hotel groups, the Big Three (Hilton, Marriott, and Hyatt) have the most frequent traveler spending at risk over the next 12 months.
As the line between office and social life continues to fade, with more people checking e-mail after dinner or texting friends between business meetings, hotels are taking the cue in redesigning their meeting rooms.
Multiple chains are transforming some of their traditional and somewhat antiseptic meeting rooms into more comfortable lounges aimed at encouraging people to mingle and ideas to flow. Examples include: Fairmont Hotels and Resorts, Westin New York at Times Square, Grand Hyatt New York, Hilton McLean Tysons Corner, JW Marriott Grand Rapids.
Qatar Holding announced on Tuesday that it plans to launch a Harrods hotel chain. The famous Harrods retail company, which also has ventures in aviation, banking and real estate, was purchased by Qatar Holding, Doha, Qatar, in 2010.
“The target plan is to open Harrods hotels at sites in key cities such as Kuala Lumpur, New York and Paris as well as in China.” Qatar Holdings said in a statement.
SeatID’s solution, which uses data from Facebook, LinkedIn and other social networks, allows travelers to look at people with similar interests on the plane and then book a seat accordingly.
Interestingly, the site uses an algorithm to remember the “qualities” of the person you sat with—and avoided. For example, not sitting next to colleagues would tip off the site that you’re just not that into them and save this for future reference.
For hotel owners and developers looking for the right brand to fit their box, today there is a brand for every kind of traveler, and it’s important for owners to position their hotel correctly, brand leaders said during the NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference.