The Hotel and Travel Week

Orbitz Mobile Steals Promotion

Orbitz ‘Mobile Steals’ offers mobile-only discounts
13th December 2011

Orbitz launched a new mobile website including the ‘Mobile Steals’ promotion with exclusive, mobile-only discounts of up to 50% on hotels worldwide. ‘Mobile Steals’ are available to guests using the Orbitz mobile website and Orbitz apps for iPad, iPhone and Android. 65% of Orbitz hotel reservations are made through mobile channels for same day stays.

Hotel group asks guests to steal art
13th December 2011

More stealing going on as Australian luxury boutique hotel company Art Series Hotels Group is running a unique contest for guests who are asked to try and steal a Banksy artwork in their hotel. The print ‘No Ball Games’, based on one of the famous graffiti artist’s street artworks, will be hung in 1 of the 3 Art Series hotels in and around Melbourne starting on 15th December until 15th January. Guests can follow Art Series on Twitter and Facebook for hints on the paintings location in the hotel, and then attempt to steal it. If a guest is caught stealing, they will have to return the print. However, if they manage to avoid the hotel’s detection system, they will get to keep the US$15,100 artwork, which is signed and authenticated by Banksy.

QR Code

Aloft tests holographic QR codes
16th December 2011

Aloft Hotels are testing a holographic concierge with QR codes that give guests easy access to information and offers from local businesses. The holographic image is projected onto a life-sized cut-out of a person in the hotel lobby. The brand recognized that its guests are connected via their smartphones and depend on them while traveling even more so than at home. Consequently, Aloft wanted to make it easy to download information from the holographic concierge.

Business travelers value free Wi-Fi most
16th December 2011

Choice Hotels asked nearly 100 hotel owners, operators and general managers from the UK, France, Germany, Italy, Switzerland and the Czech Republic what hotel amenities business travellers valued most. Free Wi-Fi was the clear winner at 90%. Other amenities included 24-hour security and reception desk support, a late check-in or early check-out facility and an on-site hotel restaurant. At the other end of the scale, less valued facilities included a business centre and Airport transfer service, with a fitness centre only mentioned by 12% of respondents.


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