Survey says hotels must become ‘living innovation labs’

Posted on 15. Nov, 2010 by Kat Schneider Fotheringham in Blog, Business Travel, Uncategorized, corporate housing, executive accommodations, international business travel

According to the results of a new survey produced by Amadeus, a leading technology partner for the travel industry, hotels must become “living innovation laboratories.”
By 2020 Amadeus suggests that the travel industry will change in the following ways:

79 per cent agreed ‘heavy investment in emerging tourism markets will widen traveler choice, increase competition and potentially [...]

Your personal communications device taking on new roles

Posted on 08. Nov, 2010 by Kat Schneider Fotheringham in Blog, Business Travel, Uncategorized, corporate housing, executive accommodations, international business travel

Well, not a huge surprise, but it appears mobile phones and personal communications devices continue to expand their scope and utility in every day life.
Now guests of a Stockholm hotel will be using mobile phones instead of keys to unlock the doors to their suites.
According to reports, the world’s largest maker of door locks, Assa Abloy AB [...]

Airfare and hotel rates to rise next year

Posted on 31. Oct, 2010 by Kat Schneider Fotheringham in Blog, Business Travel, Uncategorized, corporate housing, executive accommodations, international business travel

Some good news for corporate housing owners and professionals. Business travelers who hit the road in 2011 can expect airfares and hotel rates to increase by an average of 10%, according to a forecast released last week by American Express Business Travel, the corporate travel division of American Express.
The primary piece of good news in [...]

New report says U.S. business travel to grow

Posted on 31. Oct, 2010 by Kat Schneider Fotheringham in Blog, Business Travel, Uncategorized, corporate housing, executive accommodations, international business travel

The National Business Travel Association (NBTA) Foundation’s new Business Travel Quarterly Outlook says U.S. -originated business travel spending–including for accommodations like corporate housing–is expected to grow 3.8 percent this year over 2009, despite projections that economic and business travel growth will slow through the second half of 2010.  The new Business Travel Quarterly Outlook also [...]

Love travel as much as you love gadgets? Great apps for you

Posted on 24. Oct, 2010 by Kat Schneider Fotheringham in Blog, Business Travel, Uncategorized, corporate housing, executive accommodations, international business travel

Today, every business traveler and corporate housing professional knows that carrying an app-loaded phone can transform everything we do, from planning a trip to making our way around a new city, to finding the best places to eat and shop in our off hours. In fact, we’ve all become so dependent upon these apps that [...]

Big hotel chains entering the boutique market–beware?

Posted on 24. Oct, 2010 by Kat Schneider Fotheringham in Blog, Business Travel, Uncategorized, corporate housing, executive accommodations, international business travel

Corporate housing owners, prepare yourselves!
Looks as though the boutique hotel business is not only here to stay, it’s growing!
Widely considered the world’s first boutique hotel, New York’s Morgan’s Hotel has given rise to what’s presently being referred to as “boutique-mania.? Now hospitality mega-chains like Hyatt, InterContinental, and Marriott—are all stepping into the boutique marketplace, and [...]

Business travel growing faster than economy class

Posted on 15. Oct, 2010 by Kat Schneider Fotheringham in Blog, Business Travel, Uncategorized, corporate housing, executive accommodations, international business travel

The strong recovery in air travel is beginning to slow down, as advances in the economy begin to level off, but with an expansion in business travel continuing to move ahead of in economy class, the airline industry association IATA (International Air Transport Association) said this week.
The report indicates that slower year-on-year growth in August [...]

Tight financing in U.S. markets forces drop in hotel construction

Posted on 14. Oct, 2010 by Kat Schneider Fotheringham in Blog, Business Travel, Uncategorized, corporate housing, executive accommodations, international business travel

This may be shaping up to become the year where corporate housing rebounded and grew stronger than ever.  The combination of a changing economy and shifts in the hotel industry may be conspiring to provide corporate housing professionals with a fresh outlook and a big opportunity for growth.
The number of rooms in the U.S. hotel industry’s [...]

New study shows air travelers prefer self-service

Posted on 10. Oct, 2010 by Kat Schneider Fotheringham in Blog, Business Travel, Uncategorized, corporate housing, executive accommodations, international business travel

International airline passengers want self-service extended from online booking and kiosk check-in to security and passport control and boarding their flights, according to a new study.
The report, based on surveys taken at seven major airports on five continents, said most travelers also want more automation for handing in baggage and paying excess fees, reporting missing [...]

Onboard shopping picking up speed

Posted on 10. Oct, 2010 by Kat Schneider Fotheringham in Blog, Business Travel, Uncategorized, corporate housing, executive accommodations, international business travel

Take your seat, buckle your safety belt and get ready to shop! Shop? Yes, onboard shopping is about to take off in a big way.
In their search for new ways to make money, airlines are planning to use technology to its fullest, offering everything they can for sale to the captivated—and captive—traveler. New technology in [...]