Accommodation Social Media Rankings: 5 Hotel and Resort Trends That Defined the Week of Mar. 4-10
PHOTO: Visitors to the Hilton Hotel in McLean, Va. meet "Connie," a robot concierge named after Conrad Hilton and powered by IBM Watson and WayBlazer. (Photo courtesy of Hilton Worldwide)
Some hotel chains get talked about a lot on social media, others, not so much. Still others dominate word-of-mouth discussions, where the Internet plays no role. Engagement Labs’ latest U.S. hotel rankings revealed which chains led or trailed the pack as a topic of conversation across all the different channels. Click to see which accommodation took the top spot.
Visit the McLean, VA Hilton on a trip to Washington DC, and you may encounter “Connie,” the robot concierge. But this action figure-sized helper isn’t a kid’s toy. Created in partnership with IBM, it has access to the supercomputing brains of Watson and WayBlazer. Connie learns as it goes, using artificially intelligence to learn about traveler preferences. Click to find out more about this pilot program.
Marriott’s pending merger with Starwood means a doubling of the company’s European portfolio. Once all is said and done, the chain will operate almost two dozen brands ranging from economy to luxury across the continent, containing more than 123,000 opened or signed rooms. Click to see company comments about this growth.
Cambodia’s first and only not-for-profit hotel has been open just a few months in the up-and-coming destination of Siem Reap and already it’s making a difference. Founded by Canadian humanitarian workers, the Green Leaf Boutique Hotel has funded education programs for over 3,000 families and renovating a local orphanage. Co-founder Amir Azimi said in a statement, "We strongly promote sustainable tourism, eco-tours, yoga and health retreats. Basically tourism with a cause." Click to find out more.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide is officially opposed to Georgia’s controversial “Pastor Protection Act.” The bill would shield clergy from having to perform same-sex wedding ceremonies, and in a letter to governor Nathan Deal, Starwood emphasized its opposition to discrimination of any type and feels the bill’s passage "will have a profound negative financial impact" on its 17 Georgia properties. Click for more about this ongoing issue.
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