Each day, we curate a bite-sized round-up of the best industry news from across the world. We search the web for the latest hospitality updates and travel trends, so you don’t have to. Get comfortable with a coffee and start each morning with our daily must-reads
1. Germany’s hotel pipeline takes lead in Europe
Germany now holds the top spot for rooms under construction in Europe, reclaiming the title from the UK in October, according to data from STR.
2. Shangri-La and Tencent partner for smart hotel rooms
The latest announcement regarding ‘smart hotels’ in China is a strategic partnership between luxury hotel brand Shangri-La and Chinese tech company Tencent Holdings. The partnership will utilise Tencent’s cloud computing, AI, social communications, and payment platforms.
3. Hotel amenities and loyalty rank high with travellers
A poll of 750 business travellers by the Global Business Travel Association found that more than three-quarters of business travellers would prefer to book bundled rates that included multiple amenities such as wifi and gym passes. The research also found that 55% of US travellers would never consider booking a hotel where they couldn’t earn points.
4. Over half of Gen Z wants to work in the hospitality industry
A new report commissioned by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Foundation and conducted by BW Research Partnership in collaboration with Hcareers has found that over 50% of the Gen Z demographic is interested in a career in hospitality.
5. Japan’s inbound tourism boom
The number of foreign visitors to Japan has more than tripled since 2010, with a record 28.7 million foreign tourists visiting Japan in 2017, around 20% more than the previous year.
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Nicola Donovan is a travel writer for Click.More by Nicola Donovan
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