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Hotels and Resorts Pulse: 5 Trends That Defined the Week of Jan. 2-8, 2016

Hotel & Resort | Michael Isenbek | January 09, 2016

Hotels and Resorts Pulse: 5 Trends That Defined the Week of Jan. 2-8, 2016

Sometimes something gets left behind after packing up and leaving a hotel — it happens. And it’s usually something as innocuous as a watch or a piece of jewelry. But rarely is it a Shetland pony. Check out the list of crazy items left behind at accommodations in 2015, it gets even wackier.

This spring, Renaissance New York Midtown Hotel is slated to open as New York City’s first “digitally-enhanced” lodging. It will feature a block-long electronic wall that responds to movements, a virtual concierge, huge LED screens atop the building, plus plenty more. Click for details.

InterContinental Hotels Group has just released an infographic analysis that reveals how hotel loyalty program members are using their points. Reward nights, gift cards and merchandise are the top three things obtained with redeemed points, but there is plenty more to learn from the study.

AC Hotels by Marriott — the company’s boutique lifestyle brand, is undergoing quite an expansion during 2016. Beginning with openings in Mexico, Ohio, Boston and France, a total of 22 AC Hotels will be accommodating travelers by the end of the year. Click to find out more about these unique hotels.

In a year capped off with a Marriott merger announcement, Starwood still managed to achieve record growth — 105 hotels opened over the course of 2015, the highest number in its history. This is a total of 22,500 rooms across 30 different countries. Click to find out more about Starwood’s stellar year.


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