Spanish resorts use e-bracelets for payments, room access | Hilton site lets guests shop for experiential travel | Are hotel refuse containers being trashed?
August 7, 2018
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Spanish resorts use e-bracelets for payments, room access
Sol Katmandu Park Hotel and Calvia Beach The Plaza in Spain now feature electronic bracelets guests can use to make payments at the hotel and surrounding merchants. The bracelets also enable room access.
Skift (8/7) 
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Hospitality Trends and Technology
Hilton site lets guests shop for experiential travel
Hilton has rolled out a website to connect guests with curated experiences across luxury brands, such as Conrad and Waldorf Astoria.
Travel Agent Central (8/6) 
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Are hotel refuse containers being trashed?
Are hotel refuse containers being trashed?
Travel journalists and other observers say they're seeing fewer wastebaskets in hotels, though The American Hotel & Lodging Association notes there are no national standards. The push to recycle is one suggested motive, as are the labor cost savings of fewer receptacles to empty.
The Dallas Morning News (tiered subscription model) (8/6) 
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Spotlight on Development
Hotel supply, demand surge in N.Y. county
Hotel supply and demand showed dramatic increases in New York's Schenectady County in the first half of the year, according to STR. The year-over-year growth figures of 28% and 25%, respectively, compared to neighboring Albany, Rensselaer and Saratoga counties.
Times Union (Albany, N.Y.) (tiered subscription model) (8/2) 
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International Update
Istoria brings rustic luxury to Greece
The Istoria hotel in Santorini, Greece, "feels more like a villa that's been there for centuries than one of the archipelago's many brand-new luxury hotels," writes reviewer Phoebe Neuman. The property has 12 suites.
Robb Report (8/6) 
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