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Hotel tech: a room with a futuristic view
PC Pro
Walking into the hotel lobby, you skip the queue at the check-in desk and head straight to the lifts. You already know your room number — and have the key — since you were sent a text message containing the room details and a link to a barcode to unlock the door.
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Combating security breaches at hotels
Hotel News Now
Data security breaches are a real and present danger, and privacy and data security must be a top priority for the hospitality industry.
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Top 10 commandments for hoteliers
Hospitality Net
Commandments are those revered principles that guide us on to the right path, nudge us back into action and advise us on the universally respected do's and don'ts. Every time we hit a roadblock – the external ravages on our time or the internal gnawing that end up being so detrimental to our productivity, it makes sense to reflect on the professional commandments to be the guiding light in times of professional overcast-ness.
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Generators and transfer switches for mission critical facilities
Consulting-Specifying Engineer
Most commercial building applications require some form of an alternate power source for life safety purposes and to comply with NEC 700 and various other building codes. For small facilities, this typically is achieved by using emergency battery packs in select light fixtures for egress, exit signage and integral battery backup for life safety equipment such as the fire alarm system.
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Authenticity driving guest buying behavior
Hotel News Now
Whereas the industry was fostered on the notion of lodging in its purest sense, today’s operators realize guest loyalty — and business — is driven by something experiential. It's not enough to simply offer a bed and roof over a guest's head. Now many travelers want a hotel stay that's deeply ingrained in the surrounding neighborhood.
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Hyatt Hotels to enter all-inclusive resort market
The Wall Street Journal via MarketWatch
Hyatt Hotels Corp. said it is taking a stake in Playa Hotels & Resorts BV with a $325 million investment, marking its entry into the all-inclusive resort market. Hyatt will spend $100 million for a 20 percent ownership stake and $225 million for convertible preferred stock in Playa, a privately held hotel-investment company.
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Online travel bookings: Expected to hit all-time high this summer
Hospitality Net
Online bookings for online travel agents, airlines, hotel and car rental services have reached an all-time high, setting up this summer to be a record-breaking travel season. This latest Adobe Digital Index report, which looked at 51.5 billion visits, reveals overall trends that illustrate the movement toward booking travel online and provides insight into the seasonality of online reservations.
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Solar energy: The new gold rush?
The Energy Collective
In California's most recent "gold rush," the gold was microchips and computer code. Now the state is on the verge of realizing a major new wealth generation opportunity. Call it the solar rush.
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Dispute may stop construction of major hotel in Seattle
Puget Sound Business Journal
A conflict between development company R.C. Hedreen and the hospitality workers’ union may jeopardize construction of a major hotel near the Washington State Convention Center in downtown Seattle. The labor union, Unite Here Local 8, contends the development is too big and could negatively affect Seattle by bringing too many low-wage jobs downtown.
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A concrete-recycling robot that devours entire buildings
Gizmodo
Demolishing a building is a big, messy pain in the neck. Why not just get a robot to do the work? That's exactly what Omer Haciomeroglu was thinking when he designed the ERO Concrete Recycling robot, one of the winners of IDSA's International Design Excellence awards. This Transformer-like device is capable not only of breaking down concrete on the spot but also of pumping out the raw materials and packaging them for reuse.
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