Breakfast Briefing – The latest hospitality news

Quote of the Week

Strive not to be a success, but rather to be of value.

Albert Einstein

 

Video of the Week

Meet Sally, the salad-making robot

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News of the Week

Guests Can Rent Luxury Hotel Rooms by the Minute Via Recharge App

Renting rooms by the hour is not a new idea. Just ask any member of the world’s oldest profession.

But by the minute? Well, that’s relatively new. And getting to use a luxury hotel room for just enough time to do what you need to do and get on with your business—that’s a treat that’s only just now available, thanks to a new app called Recharge.

The receipient of strategic investment from JetBlue’s tech incubator, JetBlue Technology Ventures,Recharge Labs Inc. officially launched in 2015 in San Francisco. It expands to New York on April 24 with 16 luxury properties that range from the hipster-friendly Arlo Hudson Square, located near the Financial District, to ritzy midtown five-stars such as the Quin and the Pierre.

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Story of the Week

This upside-down boat could be the coolest eco-friendly holiday destination yet

Whether that be one with beer-filled hot tubs, that’s super cheap, or excessively pink.

And now, the latest hotel to join the family is one built in an upside-down boat.

Located in the Dyfi Valley in Wales, the ‘boatel’ not only features stunning views of Snowdonia – a national park containing the biggest mountain in England and Wales Snowdon – but it’s also eco-friendly.

It has a composting toilet, solar panel fueled shower and was made of entirely recycled materials back in 2012.

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eHotelier Hospitality News

Government urged to review recruitment for hospitality industry post-Brexit: Luxury hotel group Hyatt has warned “life could become very difficult” for the UK hospitality industry after Brexit if access to foreign workers is restricted. 
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Marriott makes big push for modular construction: Marriott International expects to sign 50 hotel deals that will involve modular construction by its approved vendors, underscoring the growing appeal of prefabrication, the company told 1,300 North American hotel owners and developers attending its Select Brand owners’ meeting.
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TripAdvisor enters instant booking partnership with IHG: TripAdvisor has entered a partnership with IHG to include all of the company’s hotel brands in the TripAdvisor instant booking marketplace. 
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Global Hospitality News

Public investments in Trump-operated hotel set dangerous precedent: U.S. senators. U.S. President Donald Trump is flirting with unparalleled violations of the Constitution by not divesting himself from a hotel management company that benefits financially from public pension fund investments, according to two Democratic U.S. senators. Learn more

Dubai-based developer Nakheel and Hilton have signed two deals to open 704 new DoubleTree by Hilton hotel rooms and serviced apartments in Dubai. The companies signed a management agreement for Nakheel’s 254-room property at Jumeirah Village Triangle community. They also signed a letter of intent for a new hotel and serviced apartment complex at Deira Islands.  Read more

Emaar Hospitality Group sets new industry model in hotel management contracts: Emaar Hospitality Group, the hospitality and leisure business of Emaar Properties PJSC, has introduced an industry-defining model for hotel management agreements. Find out more

Corners of the World

Tourism key for economic growth and diversification in the MENA region : The UNWTO/ATM Ministerial Forum concluded that the main priorities for the region include human resources development, public/private sector cooperation, connectivity, technology and sustainability. 
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Holland America Line launches complimentary navigator shipboard web application for guests to use on board: Available fleetwide now; Enhanced ‘web app’ allows guests to book tours/dining, see daily activities and more. 
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Poortiers launch portal to further sustainable hotelkeeping: A new initiative calling for accountability around sustainability in travel was launched on Earth Day on April 22. NOW’s mission is to create a global community of consumers who are passionate about travel and want to help tackle the environmental and social challenges facing our planet.
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