March 21, 2013
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  • Technology in the industry
    Technology plays an important role in the gambling and hospitality business, and this report focuses on what innovations and trends are playing out in the industry.

    Part 1 of this report published on Tuesday.

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  • Cyprus to unveil new poker technology at Nations Cup
    Cyprus will showcase new poker technology at this year's European Nations Cup, which will be held in April at the Annabelle hotel in Paphos. Instead of receiving actual cards, players will be dealt their cards on their smartphones. "We are making history in Cyprus through the use of technology. The smart phone and iPad are now integral parts of our lives. Many people around the world come into contact with poker through their smartphones," International Federation of Poker founder member Patrick Nally said. Cyprus Mail (3/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bitcoin wins acceptance with Curaçao's WinPoker
    Bitcoin will now be accepted as a means of withdrawal and deposit in WinPoker in Curaçao's iPoker network accounts, a move that means lower processing fees for online gamers. WinPoker, the world's largest network of online poker rooms, won't allow bitcoin to be used as a currency with which to gamble but will convert it into the user's currency and then back into bitcoin when it is withdrawn. Forbes (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Technology and Hospitality 
  • Top trends to watch in hotel technology
    Several major trends in hotel technology will affect the hospitality industry. Social media and mobile technology are top trends to watch for the hotel industry, as well as cloud computing. Personalization, globalization and integration are other trends for hotel technology. (U.K.) (3/12) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Technology drives advancement in hotel service
    More hoteliers are turning to technology to provide their guests with superior comfort and a greater level of customization over their hotel stay, this feature says. At the Fairmont Hotel Beijing, for instance, guests can choose room settings that fit their desired environment. Wireless sensors in each room also enable automatic energy-management procedures such as reducing room temperatures if the room is unoccupied. China Daily (Beijing) (3/2) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Hyatt Regency Chicago upgrade focuses on tech offerings
    The Hyatt Regency Chicago is nearing completion of a $168 million renovation project that seeks to introduce technological innovations aimed at enhancing the guest's stay. When the property reveals the upgrades in April, guests will be able the check in through strategically placed kiosks in the lobby or with the help of iPad-equipped "lobby ambassadors." The lobby will also be equipped with 106 plasma TV displays that aid in navigating the property. Hotel Management online (3/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Column: Hotels' tech offerings should keep seniors in mind
    Hoteliers should not discount the strong demand provided by the above-60 consumer market, writes Larry Mogelonsky, president and founder of LMA Communications. The notion that seniors are unfamiliar with today's technological advancements should also be discarded. "Mobile, tablets, OTAs, social media -- all trends that apply elsewhere also apply to us, albeit with less immediacy," Mogelonsky writes. Hotel Interactive (3/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Innovation and Trends 
  • Automation is the next step in hospitality evolution
    The concept of hospitality has evolved as technology has changed. Now the industry is experiencing another shift into an automated guest experience. "Maybe a live concierge will still be around, though the times also have changed that position; for now even the concierge has and uses a tablet to better service and provide what guests want," writes hotel industry veteran Alan Campbell. (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Stay connected to the NCRG on Facebook and Twitter
    Keep up to date on the latest research, training and resources about gambling disorders and responsible gaming by watching the National Center for Responsible Gaming's Twitter, Facebook and Gambling Disorders 360˚, the NCRG's blog. Posts range from information about the NCRG's many public education activities and the findings from NCRG-funded research to a larger discussion of gambling disorders and responsible gaming. Connect with the NCRG today! LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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