According to a recent survey conducted by Ypartnership and PhoCusWright, next-generation travelers rely heavily on the Internet and technology when planning and taking trips.
Chicago's Holiday Inn Select Rosemont, successfully completes the installation of Flyte Systems' airline information products with plans to roll out in-room applications as well.
Nokia partners with Lonely Planet to deliver mobile city guides for frequent travelers. Tourests can download city guides for over 100 destinations to their mobile devices.
London's Mandarin Oriental Hyde Park is to implement the InfoGenesis POS by Agilysys to streamline food and beverage operations.
As technology becomes a part of the average person's DNA, hotel and restaurant operators alike now have the ability to reach out to a whole new generation of guests. By embracing the much used and loved technology of a hyperconnected subculture, operators hope to drive their traffic to a whole new level.
Sheraton Hotels in five U.S. cities debut the Microsoft Surface, a virtual concierge and entertainment experience. Guests can search for local restaurants and attractions, download music and view the Sheraton photo library.
The Scandic implements MICROS' OPERA Enterprise Solution and is to be hosted in MICROS's Frankfurt Datacenter.
The results of Travel Industry Association/Ypartnership's survey reveal that nine percent of those questions plan on taking a 'staycation' in the next six months due to rising travel costs. Of those, 22 percent expect to spend at least one night in a local hotel, motel or resort.
White Castle's new website is designed with the teenage and young adult market segment in mind and will feature new media rich applications such as social networking and gaming features.
Zagat, through a partnership with OpenTable, now gives restaurant goers the ability to make real-time dining reservations at over 4,000 locations via a new mobile phone application.