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You can now spend crypto on Booking.com's hotels

Nov 28, 2019 / Cryptocurrency
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Travala

Travala’s latest partnership opens up 90,000 new destinations for its customers who want to pay with crypto.

Travala.com, a booking platform that allows its customers to pay for hotels with cryptocurrencies, has announced a strategic partnership with Booking.com. The company's accommodation listings have already been integrated into Travala’s platform. This is for 90,000 destinations across 230 countries.

Travala’s announcement is the latest example of various travel and booking companies’ growing interest in the cryptocurrency space. Earlier in November, travel company Webjet has rolled out an Ethereum-based hotel booking verification service Rezchain.

Technology

Google on machine learning having an impact on online travel

Nov 28, 2019 / Guest Experience
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Artificial intelligence and machine learning are changing travel and we’re only at the beginning of what some are calling “a second machine age.”

At last week’s Phocuswright Conference in Florida, Oliver Heckmann, vice president of engineering for Google, highlighted some examples of where machine learning is already being put to good use in travel as well as other industries such as healthcare.

He went on to share three areas where travel companies can use machine learning to improve operations today - price insights, customer service and online marketing.

Market Data

Trivago’s top hospitality predictions for 2020

Nov 28, 2019 / Trends
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Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the biggest emerging technology trends in the hospitality world.

Not only is the staff able to track down and manage valuable inventory within the hotel, but also the Smart Hotel features let the guests and staff better regulate energy consumption and support pro-environment and sustainability initiatives. Besides, Cognizant affirms IoT’s potential to drive revenues in a hotel.

In its report, Hospitality in the Digital Era, “Numerous hoteliers that are investing in mobile engagement expect guests will use mobile devices not only for room selection and payment but also as access keys for amenities such as pools and spas.” Not only this, IoT-powered beacon technology sends real-time offers to guests’ smartphones, thereby encouraging more sales.

Products & Services

Coworking: How hotels can add value to the coworking market

Nov 28, 2019 / Guest Experience
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Coworking spaces were originally designed as second homes for “business nomads”, people who combine travel with work and value space for networking, collaboration, and community events.

The new working generation is looking for a reliable partner that offers modern, multi-functional, work-life spaces, preferably situated near city hubs and transportation hotspots such as railway stations.

Due to this current hype of new coworking concepts entering the market, it is often forgotten that coworking has actually already existed for quite some time. Especially in hotels, guests naturally have always used the lobby for either business meetings or for some quiet work.

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Travel deals you can expect on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Travel Deal Tuesday

Nov 28, 2019 / Social Media
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Experts say you should consider researching potential travel discounts on Black Friday, Cyber Monday and what has been recently coined as Travel Deal Tuesday.

There should be discounts on everything from cruises to flights to hotel stays. Hopper found that more flights are discounted on Travel Deal Tuesday than on Black Friday and Cyber Monday combined.

Experts suggest signing up for alerts from online travel agencies and tourism boards. As we always warn and remind you, always read the fine print on offers for any blackout periods or restrictions.