Virgin Hotels Ramps Up Customer Experience Marketing and Personalization Through Partnership with Local Measure

New York and Sydney - 17 January, 2019 - Virgin Hotels, one of the most loved consumer brands, has implemented new Wi-Fi infrastructure at its first hotel in Chicago in partnership with Local Measure, the leading customer experience platform for the hotel industry.
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What Corked Wine Teaches You About Service Excellence | By Larry Mogelonsky

There's an important lesson in the form of what corked bottles - that is, wine that's gone off - can present as an opportunity to wow your restaurant patrons and hotel guests.
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Away from Vietnam’s tourist circuit, a Pacific Northwest travel writer finds comfort and charm in Seattle’s sister city

Haiphong is rarely more than a stopover for tourists en route to the airport for flights south, but many visitors say the area feels the way Hanoi did before the influx of tourists.
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Is this mistake hurting your hotel tech sales? | By Jeremiah Magone

If sales haven't been as strong as you'd hoped in 2018, there are probably as many reasons for that as there are ads on the Internet… But over the past 6 years, as a copywriter and marketing strategist for hospitality tech companies, I've found that a lack in sales generally comes down to one key problem: sending the right message, but at the wrong time. The big problem with this is - if you don't address that issue first, you're going to keep struggling. Because even if you have the be...
Tags: Travel, Japan, US, Ppc, San Diego, MGM, Nomura, Jeremiah, Dominguez, HEDNA, Jeremiah Magone, Tecolote Canyon Looking, Michael Dominguez

What’s new in France for 2019

New ticketing systems, apps, bus restaurants and more: French tourism has some shiny new updates for 2019. Here’s how to make the most of them.
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Underrated Mexican state capitals

Among the 32 state capitals in Mexico are a few that get almost all the attention on travel sites and agency itineraries. Mexico City, Puebla, and Oaxaca are undeniably gorgeous and should be on the list of every visitor. But if you have time and don’t depend on fixed tours or inflexible travel companions, a look beyond the conventional reveals the splendid architecture, vibrant art culture, and crazy gastronomy of the lesser-visited capital cities. Here’s where to head now before word gets o...
Tags: Travel, Travel Planning, Mexico, United States, Santiago, Mexico City, New Mexico, Villa, Queretaro, Oaxaca, Puebla, Veracruz, Mexico Travel, Unesco World Heritage, Carmen, San Luis

The Marais

I went out to the Marais to try and find some shoes on sale as this is the time of les Soldes, where sales are going on in every store. I finally found some shoes but, alas, they weren’t on sale. Wouldn’t you know it? I did enjoy a quick walk through the beautiful Marais area of Paris. This is a public library specialising in books on the history of Paris. One day I will venture in for a look. The gorgeous architecture of the Place des Vosges. The covered walkway there lined ...
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Crave Interactive Named Top-Rated Guest Room Tablet Provider in the 2019 HotelTechAwards

London 17 January 2019 -  Crave Interactive, the world leading developer of cloud-based digital guest service solutions for hotels, today announced it has been named 2019's top-rated Guest Room Tablet provider by Hotel Tech Report, marking the second consecutive win for the technology company in the HotelTechAwards.
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How to avoid long security lines

By now you’ve heard that the US is being subjected to a government shutdown due to an inability to settle on a compromise regarding President Trump’s desire to build a border wall with Mexico, and all Americans are feeling the effects — especially furloughed federal workers. But American citizens (and their national parks) aren’t the only ones affected by the shutdown; anyone traveling to, through, or from the US will witness just what a government shutdown looks like upon arrival to the air...
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The Difference Between Cruising and UnCruising

I’m not a person who cruises. However, I am a person who uncruises. I know what you are thinking – “she’s lost her mind – there is not such thing as uncruising – she’s resorted to making up words!” un·cruis·ing /ˈənˈkro͞oziNG/ noun: uncruising – the action of engaging, connecting, and exploring unique places, oneself, and with others on a small ship/boat while on a most uncommon adventure. No, I haven’t lost my mind. I just finished my 2nd Uncruise in Panama and Costa Rica and have been remi...
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Traditional Italian meat dishes

When it comes to Italian food, there are the basic you know and love: pizza and Italian pasta dishes. Maybe you think of some meatballs, prosciutto, and other sliced salumi as well. But there’s so much more to the beloved food of Italy. Italian cuisine is highly regional and varies place to place (as does the regional Italian wine and food pairings). Some of the variation dates back to tradition, some is due to what’s available in the area. Meat dishes are one of the clearest examples of thi...
Tags: Travel, Food, Milan, US, Italy, Florence, Sicily, Puglia, All, Italian Culture, Abruzzo, Piedmont, Lombardy, Arista, Italian-food, RossHelen Shutterstock Lampredotto

Love is in the bin exhibit

If you thought you heard everything there was to be said about Banksy’s infamous “Girl with Balloon” picture, which was spontaneously shredded in the midst of its auction in London last October, think again. With the three-quarters of the work shredded and dangling out of the frame, the piece is now entitled “Love is in the Bin”, and is garnering more attention than ever before. Next month, it will be exhibited for the first time at Museum Frieder Burda in Baden-Baden, Germany. ...
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Synergy Global Housing Brings Volara-Powered Voice Assistants to New York Residences

New York — Synergy Global Housing, a subsidiary of The Ascott Limited and premier provider of furnished temporary accommodations for business and relocation stays, is voice enabling their new exclusive property in New York City with Volara-powered voice assistants. Synergy Chelsea, a smart apartment concept designed to deliver a premier guest experience through customer service and technology, will be the first furnished housing property to deploy this voice-based engagement technology to...
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Bulgaria activists win case to save UNESCO-listed forest

Environmentalists in Bulgaria scored a victory Wednesday in a long-running court battle to prevent enlargement of a ski resort in the Pirin mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage site. In a ruling that cannot be appealed, Bulgaria's supreme administrative court overturned controversial changes made by the government in December 2017 to the management plan for Pirin National Park.
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The Digital Habits of US Hispanics: What Brands Need to Know | By Michael Del Gigante

It's no secret that the US Hispanic market is increasingly vital to brands. Hispanics now account for 18% of the population, are the second-fastest growing ethnic group, and control more than $1.7 trillion in annual purchasing power.
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The World’s Smallest Global Travel Adapter?!

Travel adapters are an absolute necessity when it comes to traveling to a different country; without them our electronic devices would become nothing more but expensive paperweights in just a matter of days. However, current adapters are bulky and heavy, and they occupy the already limited space within our bags… but this certainly isn’t the case with EVO, the world’s smallest global travel adapter!Measuring in at just 0.8inches thick, EVO may be small, but it sure packs a punch; two USB interf...
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STR: U.S. hotel results for week ending 12 January

The U.S. hotel industry reported negative year-over-year results in the three key performance metrics during the week of 6-12 January 2019, according to data from STR. In comparison with the week of 7-13 January 2018, the industry recorded the following:
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what i'm reading: occupy nation by todd gitlin

Occupy Nation: The Roots, the Spirit, and the Promise of Occupy Wall Street is a history and ethnography of Occupy Wall Street, and the Occupy movement. Author, sociologist, and longtime leftist activist Todd Gitlin has written an account of how a social movement was born, grew, and died. After reading it, I felt utter despair at our ability to create a more democratic political system, and a more just economic system. I'm pretty sure that's not what Gitlin was going for!It's easy to forget how...
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Hotel guests deserve fair transparency | By Jan Lundborg

The hotel distribution landscape is changing at a rapid speed. Technological developments create dynamic and real-time transparency and new actors establish themselves on the market. In the center of this are the hotel guests, who have become more digital in their search for hotel rooms. On one hand, it might seem like the modern guest is much more in control these days, thanks to easily available technology. But the reality is that the complexity of the market is making it increasingly d...
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Kilauea eruption creates new beach

The eruption of Hawaii’s Kilauea volcano last May caused devastation across the Big Island, but it did have some pretty cool side effects on the geography. Not only did the eruption create miles of land, but it also formed a new black-sand beach on the east side of the island at Pohoiki, also known as Isaac Hale Beach Park. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Hawaiian Sanctuary (@hawaii...
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Best coffee shops in Chicago

When you think of a great city for coffee in the US, it’s likely that Seattle or San Francisco is the first to come to mind. Chicago is probably not on that list for you, but it should be. The City of Big Shoulders has actually been a major player on the coffee scene for a long time, with some excellent coffee shops and boutique roasters producing some superb gourmet coffees. If you’re looking for the perfect cup in the Windy City, check out these 11 places with the best coffee in Chicago. 1...
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The Fabulous Museum Of Gold (El Museo del Oro) In Bogota, Colombia

The Museum of Gold in Bogota, is one of the most visited tourist sites in Colombia, attracting around a half a million visitors annually. Locally known as the El Museo del Oro, it is a world class facility, with a fabulous assortment of gold artifacts, that remains the largest collection in the world.  It is our 11th stop in the ongoing travel series  A World Far and Away.  The National Geographic magazine published a list of the 16 best history museums in the world, the Museum of Gold, came in ...
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Off the Grid in Belize With Island Expeditions

What does the word "luxury" really mean when you're heading to Belize? This is, after all, a country where nature is the main draw and there are exactly zero international luxury hotel chains. (Just a lot of really nice independent ones.) There are places where you will get turndown service, a driver in a nice SUV, or a villa with a view, but you can get those things almost anywhere around the world. We think the best reasons to come to Belize are the experiences, especially the ones that brin...
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Chesapeake Hospitality Maximizes Data Management and Forecasting Efficiency with ProfitSword

Greenbelt, Md. - ProfitSword, hospitality's premier developer of business intelligence and data integration software, has announced the implementation of its ProfitSage operational and financial reporting solution by Chesapeake Hospitality, one of the largest independent operators in the hospitality industry, specializing in full-service and upscale properties. Previously utilizing a separate third-party platform for data management and forecasting operations, Chesapeake Hospitality ultim...
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The spiciest cuisines in the world

The chile pepper is as divisive a food as there is. People can either handle the heat and enjoy the pain, or they avoid every bit of pepper like it’s the plague. The group of people in the middle know their limit and stick to the devil they know. When traveling abroad to a chile-pepper-loving country, however, you can be in for a fiery surprise. Every chile pepper — from China to Ethiopia to Peru and back — originally comes from Central and South America. The plant spread around the world dur...
Tags: Travel, Mexico, China, India, Africa, Thailand, South Africa, Chile, Ethiopia, Peru, Kenya, Jamaica, Mozambique, Caribbean, Karnataka, All

Travel News: January 18, 2019

Airports, customs, trade: Europe preps for a chaotic Brexit Travel Weekly One by one, European Union nations are spending millions, hiring thousands of workers and issuing emergency decrees to cope with the increasingly likely possibility that Britain will leave the bloc on March 29 without a plan. A no-deal Brexit would shake up the rest of the continent in ways that many Europeans haven’t even fathomed.   Norwegian Air closing Boeing 737 bases in US Northeast USA Today European budget giant N...
Tags: Travel, Europe, Indonesia, Washington, Southeast Asia, European Union, Beijing, Atlantic, Britain, Boeing, Bangkok, Bahamas, Brexit, Phuket, News And Deals, Yahoo Finance

Man jumps off cruise ship, banned

The list of incredibly stupid things people do to impress their peers or obtain more social media followers just got a new entry and, if there were a ranking, it would shoot straight to the top. While the Royal Caribbean cruise ship Symphony of the Seas was docked in the Bahamas, 27-year-old Nick Naydev from Vancouver, Washington, decided to jump from the 11th floor into the ocean — with his friend recording the whole thing, of course. Given that the video was immediately uploaded to Instagra...
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Your Top 10 Digital Marketing New Year's Resolutions for 2019 | By Kerryn Gower

After saying goodbye to 2018, we're starting the new year with fresh priorities and goals. January is a great time for hoteliers to reflect on last year's strategies and analyze results in order to create a blueprint for a successful new year. Determining your hotel's most successful digital marketing initiatives is the first step to executing a strong plan that will achieve greater results this year than last year.
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Guadalupe, Gateway to the Dunes

Guadalupe Calif was once the location for a Hollywood blockbuster. This sleepy town in Santa Maria Valley has a Hollywood connection buried for 60 years.
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Wendi Murdoch travel photo scam

There’s a widespread scam in the travel photography community, and it’s particularly dangerous and deceptive — this is no poorly-worded email from a “Nigerian prince.” Aimed at travel photographers, this elaborate scheme is designed to lure them to Southeast Asia on the pretext of shooting a photo campaign for the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games. Although some costs are covered by the scammers to make the target feel comfortable, other expenses like airfare and “photo permits” are not. Whil...
Tags: Travel, Google, New York, Hollywood, Indonesia, China, Southeast Asia, Scams, Beijing, Rupert Murdoch, Jakarta, Penang, All, Travel Scam, Henry, Wendy

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