Seattle's Hotel 1000 worked with a nationwide provider of advanced communication services to install a fiber optics connection to the property, thereby enabling a 100MB connection to the hotel's internal fiber network. With this added connectivity, Hotel 1000's bandwidth has increased 20-fold and it is one of the first hotels in the U.S. to offer this type of broadband connectivity.
According to a blog posted by Google product marketing managers Ryan Hayward and David Kim, Google's new window decal initiative centers on a unique bar code, known as a QR code, that enables users to go up to a storefront and immediately find reviews, coupons and more through their mobile phones.
For many restaurants this holiday season, the traditional gift cards of yore are getting a complete makeover in a play to boost sales and gain customer loyalty. Virtual personalization, gift cards that also give back to purchasers, and cards that double as loyalty programs top the list in recent trends.
Holland America Line will install five Microsoft Surface units in Mix, its newest lounge venue with three specialty bars, enabling guests to collaboratively and simultaneously interact with content and each other.
Papa Gino's and D'Angelo Grilled Sandwiches' joint Guest Loyalty Card Program enables guests to earn points at Papa Gino's or D'Angelo restaurants and redeem these points at either restaurant.
CitySearch's decision to incorporate Twitter's new Sign-Up API allows local businesses to tweet from their Citysearch profile page by either integrate their existing Twitter presence, or creating a new account directly from the Citysearch business profile page.
Accor customers are now able to make reservations at 3,000 hotels worldwide directly from their iPhones. Plus a personalized service memorizes current reservations and favorite hotels, and then synchronizes them with iPhone contacts.
The Sutton Place Hotel is the first hotel in Canada to install a headend-based FTG solution from LodgeNet that enables HD FTG content to be encrypted throughout the hotel without the need for additional equipment in the guest room.
Pita Pit's newly launched gift card and loyalty program, known as the PIT Card, can be loaded with any prepaid amount or simply used to accumulate points towards future purchases.
Warwick International Hotels and Resorts' newly customized site did not conform to standard booking engine templates currently available, so the company tapped its 15-year representation partner, Utell Hotels & Resorts, for a customizable option. Since August, Warwick has already noticed an increase in pay-per-click conversions, and guests have provided positive feedback.