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.
LobbyFriend emerged out of a genuine desire for more interaction among guests, hotel staff members, and hotels themselves. LobbyFriend can be downloaded as an app onto your smartphone, or simply opened on a mobile web browser. You then create a profile, similar to Facebook, with a photo, a description of yourself, and basic info like employer, job position, degree and gender. But you can only log onto LobbyFriend once you’ve checked into a participating hotel. And once you’ve checked out, your session is immediately wiped out. Right after handing you the room key, the participating hotel will also hand you a postcard with a special PIN on it. Guests use that pin to “enter” the virtual lobby of that particular hotel. Once inside, you can scroll through the hotel’s “news feed.” This is a stream of guests chatting with each other, requesting local advice, and being notified of special events or promotions going on at the hotel.
Guests checking into The Hotel Brussels in Belgium will be able to skip the front desk and open their hotel room simply with any mobile phone. The 424-room luxury hotel will be the first in its industry to adopt the Mobile Key by OpenWays.