techtalk.travel Launches its Knowledge Hub for Hospitality Change-Makers

PR Newswire | February 11, 2020

techtalk.travel is a newly launched multimedia platform that connects hotel and travel professionals to make informed decisions about technology to future-proof their business.  With the launch of the new website and mobile app techtalk.travel announced its impressive board of founding members, a variety of key players of different branches associated with the hotel operations technology space. "With the power of like-minded companies and organisations, we are aiming to create industry alliances, along with our founding members serving the interests of hotels, technology companies and universities. With their contribution, we are promoting the creation and distribution of neutral, authentic content to empower training opportunities, better planning of procurement and overall use of technology in our industry," says founder & managing director Andre Baljeu.

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Meet a hotel delivery robot that combines Hyundai Motor Group's technology and know-how, such as electricity and autonomous driving.The drive with the PnD module enables smooth barrier avoidance, enabling delivery as fast as human delivery.
In addition, it can move between floors by itself in conjunction with elevators and deep learning-based algorithms can make robots recognize people who they are.


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Hyatt To Expand Independent Collection Brands in Key Global Destinations Through 2025

Hyatt Hotels Corporation | December 07, 2022

Hyatt Hotels Corporation (NYSE: H) announces continued global growth of its Independent Collection brands, including recent openings and a strong development pipeline through 2025 across The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, Destination by Hyatt and JdV by Hyatt brands. This collection of brands encompasses diverse properties, each true to its destination and offers the modern traveler enriching luxury and lifestyle experiences in new and exciting ways. Each brand in the Independent Collection offers distinct properties that are all unique and feature one-of-a-kind experiences for every occasion with more than 100 properties worldwide across all three brands – from on-site beekeeping and aerial yoga at Rancho Pescadero, part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand, to embracing local history in Kelso, United Kingdom at Schloss Roxburghe Golf Hotel, part of the Destination by Hyatt brand, said Katie Johnson, global brand leader, Independent Collection, Hyatt. “We are excited to continue adding new luxury and lifestyle hotels on an even greater scale globally with openings in new key leisure markets like Mexico “Through our intentional long-term growth strategy and by working closely with owners, Hyatt boasts five years of industry-leading net rooms growth driven by our unique position against the competition Hyatt is able to better care for luxury and leisure travelers and our award-winning loyalty program, World of Hyatt, has grown 20% in the past 12 months alone, delivering record levels of high-quality revenue to our owners.” -Jim Chu, chief growth officer, Hyatt. Create One-of-a-Kind Stories at The Unbound Collection by Hyatt The Unbound Collection by Hyatt brand is more than a compilation of one-of-a-kind hotels, each of the 35 properties are a thoughtful curation of stories worth collecting. Whether couples are craving a romantic getaway, well-traveled connoisseurs are looking to add another trip to their collection or friends are seeking to craft unforgettable memories, they will find it in destinations that matter most to them. Planned 2023 and Beyond Openings NUMU (San Miguel de Allende, Mexico): Guests can discover the beauty, charm and history of San Miguel de Allende at this 44-room unique boutique hotel, slated to open in early 2023. With three onsite dining options and the new room key in Apple Wallet feature, NUMU will mark the first Hyatt property in San Miguel de Allende. Grand Hansa Hotel (Helsinki, Finland): Slated to open in summer 2023, the Grand Hansa Hotel will join The Unbound Collection by Hyatt, as the first Hyatt branded hotel in Finland. Positioned in the very heart of Helsinki on Mannerheimintie, the hotel will be a fascinating fusion of heritage, modern elegance and luxury with 219 rooms and five suites, presenting guests with elevated luxury through contemporary finishes, keyless access and high-end amenities. Noor-Us-Sabah Palace (Bhopal, India): One of Bhopal’s oldest and most sought-after hotels, Noor-Us-Sabah Palace will undergo extensive refurbishment and is slated to debut as a 60-room heritage hotel in 2025. Bhopal’s history and the Noor-Us-Sabah Palace’s rich Nawabi heritage makes it a perfect addition to The Unbound Collection by Hyatt portfolio. Hotel in development (Crans-Montana, Switzerland) The luxurious 41-room boutique hotel is expected to join The Unbound Collection by Hyatt in December 2023 and will inspire unforgettable memories with its Swiss Chalet cuisine and front row sporting experiences. The property is located in Crans Montana, one of the most prestigious and well-established year-round mountain destinations in the Swiss Alps and is also known for one of the most important golf tournaments on European soil. Hyatt also plans to add its second property as part of The Unbound Collection by Hyatt in Tokyo, Japan in 2023. 2022 Openings Kissel Uptown Oakland (Oakland, California), March 2022 Hotel La Compañia (Panama City, Panama), April 2022 Magma Resort Santorini (Santorini, Greece), August 2022 La Zambra (Málaga, Spain), September 2022 Fuji Speedway Hotel (Shizuoka, Japan), October 2022 Grayson Hotel (New York, New York), November 2022 Rancho Pescadero (Los Cabos, Mexico), November 2022 Discover Authentic Experiences at Destination by Hyatt The Destination by Hyatt brand is a diverse collection of 55+ independent hotels, resorts and residences that are individual at heart yet connected by a commitment to embody the true spirit of each location. Planned 2023 and Beyond Openings Banyan Cay Resort and Golf (West Palm Beach, Florida): Expected to open in Summer 2023, this 18-hole signature golf resort will mark entry of the Destination by Hyatt brand in Florida. Dive into the crystal-clear waters of two resort pools, enjoy three in-house gourmet restaurants, and pamper yourself at the soothing full-service exclusive spa. The Grand Resort Qingchengshan (China): Set to join the Destination by Hyatt brand, this 231-room resort will be situated in the vicinity of two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Mount Qingcheng, one of the ancient cradles of Taoism in China with over 2000 years of history, and the time-honored Dujiangyan a hydro-engineering project built during the Qin Dynasty. Blessed with spectacular scenery, the area is a popular weekend getaway for city dwellers, located less than two hours outside Chengdu and conveniently accessible by road and high-speed rail. 2022 Openings Austria Haus (Vail, Colorado), June 2022 7Pines Sardinia Resort (Sardinia, Italy), July 2022 Schloss Roxburghe Golf Hotel (Kelso, United Kingdom), November 2022 Connect to the Neighborhood at JdV by Hyatt The JdV by Hyatt brand offers a collection of more than 20 vibrant, independent hotels that are true reflections of the urban neighborhoods they call home. Embracing the brand’s namesake (joie de vivre), JdV by Hyatt hotels invite guests and locals alike to connect, live in the moment and celebrate the joy of life. Planned 2023 and Beyond Openings The Pell (Middletown, Rhode Island): Located minutes from Newport and slated to open early 2023, The Pell will mark the first JdV by Hyatt hotel in Rhode Island and provide easy access to Newport’s famous beaches, mansions, historic landmarks, walking trails, and wineries. After a day of exploring or sunbathing on the beach, guests can relax in the library, or enjoy American coastal cuisine and a curated cocktail menu at the onsite restaurant, The Helmway. FirstName Bordeaux (Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France): Slated to open early 2023, featuring a collaborative spirit, feel-good outlook and innovative approach to hotel experiences. Located in the heart of the historic port city, the 147-guestroom hotel will be a true reflection of its neighborhood, encouraging guests to discover local delights at their own pace. FILA HOUSE Shanghai (China): Expected to open in 2024, FILA HOUSE Shanghai will make its mark on the global stage as the inaugural FILA-branded hotel in the world and will bring a vibrant new experience to the local hotel scene. Ronil (Baga, India): Set on 1.6-acres in Baga, India, this JdV by Hyatt hotel will join three other Hyatt hotels in the region: Alila Diwa Goa, Grand Hyatt Goa and Hyatt Centric Candolim Goa. The 125-guestroom hotel will also house two dining outlets and two outdoor pools for a leisure getaway in the coast. Hyatt recently announced an exclusive collaboration agreement with Lindner Hotels relating to the Lindner Hotels & Resorts and the me and all hotels brands located in key cities across Germany and other European countries. This collaboration is expected to add more than 30 vibrant hotels and add approximately 5,500 rooms to Hyatt’s portfolio. The majority of these hotels will be included within the JdV by Hyatt portfolio, and the hotels are expected to join World of Hyatt in the near future. 2022 Openings EPISODE Hsinchu (Hsinchu City, Taiwan), November 2022 To learn more about Hyatt’s Independent Collection brands, please visit: https://www.hyatt.com/brands/hyatt-independent-collections. The term “Hyatt” is used in this release for convenience to refer to Hyatt Hotels Corporation and/or one or more of its affiliates. About Hyatt Hotels Corporation Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company guided by its purpose – to care for people so they can be their best. As of September 30, 2022, the Company’s portfolio included more than 1,200 hotels and all-inclusive properties in 72 countries across six continents. The Company's offering includes brands in the Timeless Collection, including Park Hyatt®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt®, Hyatt Residence Club®, Hyatt Place®, Hyatt House®, and UrCove; the Boundless Collection, including Miraval®, Alila®, Andaz®, Thompson Hotels®, Hyatt Centric®, and Caption by Hyatt; the Independent Collection, including The Unbound Collection by Hyatt®, Destination by Hyatt™, and JdV by Hyatt™; and the Inclusive Collection, including Hyatt Ziva®, Hyatt Zilara®, Zoëtry® Wellness & Spa Resorts, Secrets® Resorts & Spas, Breathless Resorts & Spas®, Dreams® Resorts & Spas, Vivid Hotels & Resorts®, Alua Hotels & Resorts®, and Sunscape® Resorts & Spas. Subsidiaries of the Company operate the World of Hyatt® loyalty program, ALG Vacations®, Unlimited Vacation Club®, Amstar DMC destination management services, and Trisept Solutions® technology services. For more information, please visit www.hyatt.com.

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QUORUM HOTELS & RESORTS ASSUMES MANAGEMENT OF TWO COASTAL CALIFORNIA PROPERTIES

Quorum Hotels & Resorts | December 02, 2022

Quorum Hotels & Resorts, a California and Texas-based hotel management company, announced the latest additions to its growing hotel management portfolio with two coastal California properties – Inn at the Pier Pismo Beach, and Hotel Virginia Santa Barbara, Tapestry Collection by Hilton.A 2022 addition to the Tapestry Collection by Hilton, the historic Hotel Virginia Santa Barbara completed a full property renovation and rebrand in August 2022, honoring its Spanish Colonial roots through design. With a prime downtown location near State Street, the Funk Zone, and Stearns Wharf, guests are positioned perfectly to fully experience the destination. On-site, guests are invited to unwind in the welcoming lobby featuring Brisa Café + Bar, or retreat to one of 61 newly refreshed boutique rooms and suites. Follow famed Hwy 101 a short distance north and discover Inn at the Pier Pismo Beach. Featuring classic craftsman architecture with a premier pier-side downtown location; the resort-style property has been welcoming guests since 2017. Designed with leisure in mind, the 104-room property features panoramic Pacific Ocean views, a rooftop bar, and flexible event space. Slated to begin renovation this winter, Inn at the Pier will reveal a new restaurant concept and redesigned rooftop, updated lobby and bar, and refreshed guest rooms and suites, officially debuting in the Curio Collection by Hilton in 2023. "Both properties are welcome additions to Quorum's lifestyle portfolio. We look forward to elevating these beautiful properties to their full potential in partnership with the Hilton brand while celebrating what makes each unique,Our renovation and soft brand strategies will deliver a heightened experience that our team is proud to be a part of and will ultimately delight our guests for years to come." -President Todd Moreau. About Quorum Hotels & Resorts Quorum Hotels & Resorts has a 35-year record of success comprising more than 185 hotel assignments spanning most major markets and all major brands including Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott, and IHG. Quorum provides hotel owners with a personalized, hands-on approach to hotel management focused on driving optimal operating results and return on investment. Core areas of expertise include hotel management, asset management, and advisory services. Today, Quorum Hotels & Resorts manages 2,000 keys across the United States. For more information about Quorum Hotels & Resorts visit quorumhotels.com. About Inn at the Pier Opened in November 2017, Inn at the Pier features classic craftsman design and overlooks the iconic Pismo Beach pier and boardwalk from its prime downtown location. The resort-style property is home to 104 guest rooms and suites, a full-service restaurant, dipping pool, and the only rooftop bar in Pismo Beach. Other amenities include 1,200 square feet of meeting space, a state-of-the-art fitness facility and approximately 2,650 square feet of street-level retail space. Inn at the Pier is located at 601 Cypress Street, Pismo Beach, 93449. To learn more about the Inn at the Pier, please visit theinnatthepier.com. About Hotel Virginia Santa Barbara, Tapestry Collection Designated a local landmark by the city of Santa Barbara in March 2000, and remodeled and rebranded in August 2022, Hotel Virginia is home to 61 charming guest rooms and suites. Positioned amidst stunning Spanish architecture, the sights and sounds of the city, and moments from the California coastline, the property immerses guests fully in the local experience. Hotel Virginia Santa Barbara, Tapestry Collection by Hilton is part of Hilton Honors, the award-winning guest loyalty program. Hotel Virginia is located at 17 W. Haley St., Santa Barbara, CA 93101. To learn more about Hotel Virginia, please visit hotelvirginiasb.com.

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Shoopit, the New Flight Scanning Search Engine, Releases 2022 Consumer Travel Survey

Shoopit | December 09, 2022

Innovative flight search engine and browser extension, shoopit, has released its 2022 Consumer Travel Survey. The project was undertaken to uncover the habits of UK travellers in the face of difficult economic challenges, showing that while those most affected by the ongoing cost-of-living crisis may delay their flight bookings, they still say that they’re likely to travel at least once in the next 12 months. The survey was conducted among 2003 UK consumers who have bought a plane ticket in the last five years to determine how their travel habits have changed and where their priorities lie. The interviews were conducted by Sapio Research on behalf of shoopit in November 2022. The key results of the survey are detailed below: Pre-COVID-19 pandemic (pre-2019) travelling habits: In the past five years, respondents who had travelled by plane for either ‘holiday’ or ‘business’ took two trips per year. Respondents spent an average of nine nights abroad on a ‘holiday trip’, and two nights abroad on a ‘business trip’. Post-COVID-19 pandemic travelling habits: Since the pandemic, respondents are 57% less likely to take as frequent trips abroad as they were prior to Covid-19. The survey also shows that respondents are more likely to travel shorter distances and have 51% less budget for travel expenses. Future travelling: Over the next 12 months respondents intend to make two ‘holiday trips’ and one ‘business trip’, with individuals expecting to spend on average nine nights abroad for a ‘holiday trip’ and four nights abroad for a ‘business trip’. However, on average those who are ‘extremely affected’ by the cost of living crisis only intend to travel once in 2023. Impact of the cost-of-living crisis on travelling: On average, respondents would consider themselves less likely to book a flight when the price increases by 17%, while for those ‘very affected’ by the cost-of-living crisis, this threshold decreases to 15%. Furthermore, 55% are less likely to travel abroad in the next 12 months and 32% have delayed booking a trip due to the cost-of-living crisis. This increases to 42% for those ‘extremely affected’ by the cost-of-living crisis. Impact on the environment: Travellers are evermore becoming conscious of their carbon footprint with 40% of respondents most likely to book direct flights. In addition, 78% of people will not be taking business trips as opposed to only 32% prior to covid, highlighting the shift businesses have taken towards non-essential travel. To check out the survey in more detail and to see how people’s flight booking habits have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the cost of living crisis, download the full report here. About Shoopit Shoopit is a search engine and browser extension that acts as an online shopping optimiser for flight bookings. What makes it unique is that it doesn’t just collect prices like an aggregator. Instead, it scours local versions of global websites to get the best possible prices for its users (the price you’re shown for the same seat on the same flight can vary wildly, depending on where you happen to live!) Born out of a commitment to make the internet transparent, democratic and borderless, Shoopit searches local versions of world’s most popular flight-booking websites, to find the best prices offered, allowing shoopit users to make better, informed purchases online, while at the same time making savings - regardless of where they live or what their IP address is. It launches in the UK, with backing from global online access provider, Hola.

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Trip.com reveals European's wish lists of destinations this Christmas with long-haul and short-haul travel seeing vitality among travellers

Trip.com | December 22, 2022

An analysis of Trip.com travel data reveals the wish list of destinations this Christmas, chosen by European users of the global travel platform. London was the most searched for place by European Trip.com users looking for destinations this Christmas, with fellow European cities Paris and Istanbul making the top five. Trip.com's European customers also showed a desire to revisit Asia, with Bangkok and Manila being the second and fourth most searched-for flight destinations this December. Travellers in the UK continued to explore the best of Britain, with London being the most searched-for destination during the month of December. Data reveals that domestic trips to London were up by a dramatic 232% compared to 2019, before the pandemic. The easing of travel restrictions in Asia has also caused a jump in popularity for trips to the region, with Bangkok, Manila, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore all being in the top five most searched for destinations by Brits. "December is a popular time for getaways to destinations near and far for Europeans, and Trip.com data shows where our users are searching this festive season to go visit. -Andy Washington, Trip.com General Manager EMEA Our data analysis reveals London in the UK is still the top sport according to our search history for Trip.com users looking to travel this month, with popular holiday Asian hotspots like Bangkok, Manila, Kuala Lumpur and Singapore also making the top five. For Italian users of Trip.com, the country's domestic tourism hotspots proved the most popular, with no other destinations - short of long-haul - appearing in Trip.com's top five. The most searched for destinations for December getaways were Milan in the north of the country, Catania, the capital Rome, Naples and in fifth place, Palermo in Sicily. Meanwhile, French users of Trip.com set their sights on exotic long-haul destinations and aside from one major French city - Paris - where searches have reached 96% of 2019 levels. According to Trip.com data, the most searched for destination was the country's capital, followed by New York, and in third place Bangkok with Istanbul in Turkey in fourth place and in fifth position, Dubai in the Middle East. Among German users of Trip.com, Istanbul was the most searched for destination in December followed by Bangkok. Interestingly the cities in third, fourth and fifth places were German domestic destinations; Frankfurt, Berlin and Munich. Spanish users of Trip.com chose the Spanish capital of Madrid and the capital of Catalonia, Barcelona, as their top two favourite destinations. London was selected as their third, followed by France as their fourth and the capital of Argentina as their fifth. For the British market, an analysis of UK Trip.com users revealed that in December the most searched for destination was the country's capital, London, followed by Bangkok in second place and Manila in the Philippines as third. Maintaining the Asian theme, Kuala Lumpur appeared in fourth place, followed by Singapore in fifth. Inbound travel to Europe has also remained strong this winter, despite economic headwinds, as Asian travellers returned to the continent for post-pandemic trips. During December, flight searches reveal that after domestic travellers, the largest inbound market for the UK was Spanish tourists, followed by Thai, German and Chinese holidaymakers. Across the other European nations, domestic travellers lead the way, with the highest number of regional searches. However, data reveals visitors from Canada, Turkey and the US also led Europe's inbound travel revival. Travellers to Europe also continued to immerse themselves into the culture of each country, with bookings for tickets and attractions on the rise. In the UK, The London Eye on the city's South Bank proved the most popular attraction this Christmas, followed by the Tower of London, near the world-famous Tower Bridge. In France, the most popular attractions are Disneyland® Paris & Walt Disney Studios Park and Eiffel Tower, as travellers enjoy the city's famous sights and sounds. Italy, Spain and Germany also saw strong bookings for the most popular attractions of the Vatican Museum & Sistine Chapel, Park Guell and Neuschwanstein Castle, respectively. About Trip.com Trip.com is an international one-stop travel service provider available in 24 languages across 39 countries and regions in 29 local currencies on 48 sites. Trip.com has an extensive hotel and flight network consisting of more than 1.2 million hotels and flights from over 480 airlines covering 2,600 airports in 200 countries and regions around the globe. Trip.com's world-class 24/7 multilingual customer service as well as additional centres in Edinburgh, Tokyo and Seoul, help to 'create the best travel experience' for its millions of customers worldwide. To book your next trip, visit www.trip.com

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Meet a hotel delivery robot that combines Hyundai Motor Group's technology and know-how, such as electricity and autonomous driving.The drive with the PnD module enables smooth barrier avoidance, enabling delivery as fast as human delivery.
In addition, it can move between floors by itself in conjunction with elevators and deep learning-based algorithms can make robots recognize people who they are.

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