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 tuck in to our daily must-reads.
1. American travel increases 15%
According to Allianz Global Assistance’s 2018 Top Holiday Destinations Report, travel increased 15% over last year, with New York City and Cancun remaining the most popular domestic and international destinations for US travellers.
2. WhyHotel secures US$10M in funding
Accommodations startup WhyHotel has closed on US$10M in Series A funding as it prepares to open three pop-up hotels in 2019. WhyHotel partners with real estate developers to open temporary hotels in new apartment buildings, promising guests a home-style stay with hotel perks.
3. Marriott brings augmented reality to its rooms
Marriott has partnered with PepsiCo premium bottled water company Lifewtr for an augmented reality project. The experience will roll out for guests in Marriott Hotels throughout 2019, allowing guests to customise rooms virtually with an augmented reality gallery of artwork.
4. Pulitzer Amsterdam launches wellness package
Brand-new for January 2019, Pulitzer Amsterdam will be offering guests a “Free Your Mind” package, which includes a private mindfulness session for each guest, a list of mindful spots in the city, adult colouring book, and a meditation audio guide.
5. Air Traffic grew across Europe in October
European airport trade association ACI Europe has released its traffic report for October 2018, revealing that passenger traffic in Europe grew by +6.5% compared with the same month last year.
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Nicola Donovan is a travel writer for Click.More by Nicola Donovan
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