Facial recognition technology is making its way to properties on the Las Vegas Strip for both security and data collection purposes. The technology can be integrated into table games to collect data, and, in the future, it can help prevent people from entering restricted hotel areas, said Alec Massey of PwC's Connected Solutions.
Malta-based Gaming Innovation Group has launched its first in-house-developed game, called "Wild Reels," and will roll out up to eight more titles before July. The news coincides with the company moving forward with a Hard Rock International partnership that will establish an omni-channel sportsbook platform in New Jersey.
The China Duty Free Group will open its first nonairport store in Macau at Grand Lisboa Palace. The approximately 81,000-square-foot space will be an anchor for the resort's 570,487-square-foot mall.
Pragmatic Play has signed on to offer its games through online operator ComeOn. The Malta-based company will gain access to titles like "Wolf Gold," "Da Vinci's Treasure" and "Peking Luck."
Hotels that are in hurricane-prone locations must be prepared before, during and after storms. "[F]or each of our Baltimore hotels, we know how many sandbags we need and where they will go; and we have dams, dikes, and auxiliary pumps to deal with flooding," said Justin Jabara of Meyer Jabara Hotels.
Hotel investors have found good deals in New York due to the city's hotel-building boom. "Prices were low because we had an unprecedented oversupply, but that is already started to change. We are headed for an extraordinary recovery in the next two to three years," said Jeff Davis of Jones Lang LaSalle.
Marriott is expected to soon roll out a reservations system that will bring new features for guests. "Attribute-based selling is really trying to get away from the one-size-fits-all concept where everybody gets the same results when they search for a room," said Iain Saxton of technology innovator Amadeus, which built Marriott's new system.
The new Shore Club on Long Bay in Turks and Caicos features 106 suites in addition to six villas. "It's a rare kind of thing, at once a hotel in the grand luxury resort tradition, at the same time a cutting-edge, design-forward property that reminds of the hippest hotels on South Beach," write reviewers Alexander Britell and Guy Britton.
Local flavor, regular events and a signature drink are among six ways hotel bars draw crowds, experts say. Other tips include making the space visually inviting, keeping the menu simple and giving the bar a distinct identity separate from the hotel.