With the hope of replacing streetlights, officials in Chengdu, China, are planning to implement an "artificial moon" -- a targeted illumination satellite that is eight times brighter than the moon. The launch is expected to happen in 2020, according to the Chengdu Aerospace Science and Technology Microelectronics System Research Institute.
Hyatt recently launched its new Planner Portal, which will have a full release early next year. "Created with feedback directly from meeting planners, this solution aims to alleviate pain points planners face. And it captures information in one place so they can spend more time focusing on what is most important for their attendees," said Steve Enselein, Hyatt's senior vice president of events.
MSC Cruises has commissioned four ocean liners of 500 cabins each, opting for luxury over size. The order marks MSC's entry into the small, luxury cruise market.
Wyndham could add up to six Las Vegas properties to its portfolio by 2021. "We feel we are very underrepresented in the Vegas marketplace overall, and that is why we think there is room for expansion," said Chief Development Officer Chip Ohlsson.
Whether the wellness trend is a worthwhile investment for hotel companies was debated by hospitality executives at the recent Global Wellness Summit in Cesena, Italy. A key problem that emerged is the executives see a lack of real metrics to quantify the monetary value of wellness.
Architectural styles ranging from Italian Renaissance to Art Deco and ghosts of celebrity guests such as Marilyn Monroe and Al Capone distinguish 16 history-rich downtown Chicago hotels. A review of the storied properties points out that some started their lives as office buildings or mansions.
An underserved consumer segment will fuel the growth of avid hotels, said Jennifer Gribble, VP, Americas, Holiday Inn Express and avid hotels. InterContinental Hotel & Resorts recently launched its new midscale brand near Oklahoma City in Quail Springs, Okla.
Loyalty apps for hotel customers have matured from being a reservations tool to a wide-ranging tool for processes such as remote check-in and room keying. Hilton's Connected Room platform allows guests to control their space climate, lighting and appliances through the company's app.
Under a new amendment proposed by the City Planning Commission, hotel builders in New York City would be required to obtain special permits to build in most light manufacturing zoning districts. The measure, which affects 490 million square feet of as-of-right land available for hotel construction, comes amid union lobbying to reduce the growing number of non-union hotels.