Agents should already be analyzing how virtual reality will fit into their business model, Kenneth Shapiro advises. The possibilities presented by VR are already evident, so agents should be on the forefront of it and at least learn the basics of VR.
More than 11,000 hotels with nearly two million rooms are in development worldwide, up 3% over last year, according to Lodging Econometrics' Global Construction Pipeline Trend Report. Despite the increase, multiple economic and political variables concern the industry.
Uncertainty prevails in a lodging industry facing a slowdown in growth, according to hotel executives. The state of the overall economy, consumer spending and the impact of short-term rentals are among variables hoteliers are watching.
Gillian Tans, the CEO of Booking.com, asserts that different customer preferences will ensure that third-party and direct bookings each will have its place. "Eventually customers will go to platforms that deliver what they are looking for," Tans said.
The Gzella family has made a splash in the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., hospitality scene since emigrating from Poland. In an interview, Gzella Collection co-owner Pawel Plata discusses the impact of the family's two boutique hotels and plans for a third.
The historic James Robertson building in downtown Nashville, Tenn., will become a hotel in Hyatt's Unbound Collection. Hyatt Hotels and HRI Properties will spend about $50 million converting the structure near Music City Center.
American Airlines has elevated the role of Chief Information Officer Maya Leibman, who since 2012 has been tasked with driving the company's technical and innovative initiatives in order to offer its passengers top-notch customer service and travel experiences. "Every initiative we want to take on requires a huge amount of IT, and it's becoming even more that way because our customers want even more information at their fingertips," said CEO Doug Parker.
US Airways and American Airlines have delivered on promises going back four years to 2012, when the idea of a merger was first pitched to regulators and the public. The new American Airlines has emerged financially healthy as the largest global airline whose strong global network benefits employees and the traveling public.
Nail contouring involves painting a contrasting shade -- light or dark -- around the edge of the nail, providing an illusion of greater length. The look was made popular by nail pro Jin Soon Choi at New York Fashion Week, according to Cosmopolitan.
Greystone Hotels President and CEO Eric Horodas says independent hotels offer creativity and flexibility. "Every one of my independent hotels is different from any other hotel," he said during a panel discussion at the 2016 Hotel Data Conference.
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