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The 2017 State of Digital Transformation | By Brian Solis

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:43:45 GMT

Digital transformation is more than a buzz word even though it has definitely achieved that status. In reality, digital transformation is one of the most promising business movements modernizing constructs and models for a digital economy. The name however, can be misleading. "Digital" is more than technology. It's adapting businesses to operate with digital mindsets and perspectives supported by modern technologies across the organization and markets. But, every company thinks about and approaches digital transformation differently. It's one of the reasons I spent over a year documenting how companies evolve in "The 6 Stages of Digital Transformation."



Dev Patel Is Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group’s Latest Celebrity Fan To Join The Brand’s Global Campaign

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:42:40 GMT

Dev Patel, the award-winning British actor, is the newest celebrity fan to join Mandarin Oriental's USD multi-million global advertising campaign "He's a Fan/She's a Fan".



During Art Basel in Miami Beach, Marriott International To Celebrate Premiere of New Documentary Series StoryBooked™ and the Art and Artists Featured

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:35:30 GMT

Marriott International – an Official Partner of Art Basel in Miami Beach – to premiere StoryBookedTM during the art show. Produced by Marriott International's award-winning Creative and Content Studio – the documentary series captures the purposeful journeys of four emerging artists venturing to Japan, Italy, Spain and Peru seeking the ultimate in creative inspiration. During the evening festivities on the hotel's WET deck, the artists will unveil their travel-inspired artwork for the first time publically and watch the premiere episode of StoryBooked. Art enthusiasts, members of Marriott International's loyalty programs and other invited guests will revel in watching the artists' stories unfold in pursuit of their passions. In the coming months, the company plans to display the four pieces of art at various locations including hotel lobbies in the destinations where the artists sought and found their inspiration.



Conrad Hotels & Resorts and Intel Capital Technology Team Up in Search of the Next Breakthroughs for the Luxury Traveler

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:35:09 GMT

Conrad Hotels & Resorts, part of Hilton's (NYSE: HLT) luxury portfolio, has always delivered an inspired stay to guests using innovative technology and service. Since its inception, the Conrad brand has catered to the global guest with groundbreaking offerings such as Conrad Concierge – the first service-enabled technology to be a part of hotel management systems across a brand's portfolio. In its commitment to deliver tech-forward solutions that enhance the guest experience, Conrad is hosting an Intel Capital Technology Day at its Innovation Gallery in McLean,where six startups will pitch the Conrad leadership team on products that offer frictionless, personalized, data-driven and culturally immersive experiences for the Conrad guest.



Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts Announce 2019 Private Jet Itineraries Featuring a New “Latin Escape”

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:19:05 GMT

Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, the world's leading luxury hospitality company, today unveils three unique Private Jet itineraries set to take flight in 2019. Newly added is Latin Escape, a 16-day adventure for those looking to explore the most exciting natural and cultural offerings of Central and South America. Just over two weeks in duration, this new journey is shorter than the 24-day around-the-world journeys, and takes travellers to Miami, Costa Rica, Buenos Aires, Bogotá and even includes an escape to the Galápagos Islands, all in the care of Four Seasons.



Hotel Industry Icon Publisher, Jerry Merkin, Passes Away at 85

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:26:15 GMT

Hotel industry publisher Jerry Merkin, an industry icon for more than four decades, passed away at 85 earlier this week following an extended illness. He is survived by his children, Joan and David.



STR, Tourism Economics forecast stronger growth for U.S. hotels

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 15:06:30 GMT

The U.S. hotel industry is projected to record stronger-than-expected growth for 2017, according to STR and Tourism Economics' final forecast of 2017. "Due to stronger demand, occupancy growth has exceeded earlier forecasts. At the same time, ADR growth has been more muted than expected given the record occupancy level," said Jan Freitag, STR's senior VP of lodging insights. "The third quarter was difficult to parse because of the disruptions from Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, but we know that demand was lifted in a number of major markets as a result. Looking past the shifts in the data, we think hotel performance should remain steady—very much like current economic conditions."



STR: U.S. hotel results for week ending 11 November

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:15:49 GMT

The U.S. hotel industry reported positive year-over-year results in the three key performance metrics during the week of 5-11 November 2017, according to data from STR. In comparison with the week of 6-12 November 2016, the industry recorded the following:



Designing a Truly Impressive Hotel Lobby | By Lillian Connors

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:14:59 GMT

In the last couple of decades, hotel lobbies have become a centrepiece of guests' experience. In a matter of seconds, the guests soak in the atmosphere and make up their minds whether they like it or not. Therefore, making a fantastic first impression really counts.