Monthly Archives: November 2012

Socializing hotels becomes call-to-arms for LobbyFriend

Hotels have always strived to connect their guests: from ice cream socials to bicycle tours to Manager Happy Hours, these events are aimed squarely at providing a social sphere for visiting guests. Hotels such as the W and the Ace … Continue reading

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IDS NEXT Announces Launch of Hotel ERP, FortuneNEXT 6i at ‘The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia 2012’

Dubai, November 16, 2012 – IDS NEXT, global leader in providing ERP and total technology solutions for the hospitality and leisure industries, announce the launch of our newest Hotel ERP, FortuneNEXT6i at The Hotel Show Saudi Arabia 2012. The largest … Continue reading

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The Future of the Hotel Industry and Social Media

Unlike many modern industries, most of what a hotel does needs to happen offline. It’s hard to deliver room service or make beds with a click. But hotels are experimenting with plenty of other ways to improve service and connect … Continue reading

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Priceline-Kayak deal: Marketing expertise and global footprint at heart of $1.8 billion takeover

Priceline is acquiring Kayak for $1.8 billion in cash and stock. Yes, read it again. While unexpected, interestingly the news does not fundamentally tell us anything about the industry. Unless, that is, aside from Priceline’s willingness to use its strong … Continue reading

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The next big travel technology opportunity: a mobile-only booking giant for tours and activities

At the Travel Business Academy, a professional online course teaching entrepreneurs how to start a travel business, we have been researching and analyzing the in-destination mobile app travel business. This article looks at the current online booking and mobile booking … Continue reading

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Travel apps are too focused on location and not focused enough on time

It’s a timely issue. Americans alone take 1.1 billion trips a day, yet in one out of four of these trips on average, someone runs late. The result is an estimated $90 billion annual loss for corporate America. So a … Continue reading

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HTNG Releases New Technical Standards

New guestroom technology and point-of-sale interfaces available, as well as expanded customer profile and distribution specs Hotel Technology Next Generation (HTNG) today announced the release of new specifications that add functionality across a range of hotel systems and operations, including … Continue reading

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