Issue 10

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    Microsoft and Novotel’s home-from-home

    Last week saw Microsoft and Novotel unveil the hotel room of the future, which guests can control using their body movements. The concept room (known as room 3120) at Paris’s Novotel Vaugirard Montparnasseis is fitted with experimental technologies not yet available to the general public, including a specially adapted Microsoft’s Xbox 360 console with the [...]
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    Odigeo to make mark in Europe

    It was announced last week that the group formed through the merger of Go Voyages, eDreams and Opodo willgo by the name of Odigeo. Although the name will not be used for marketing purposes, the collective entity will be one of the biggest online travel agents in Europe, giving hotels another potential option to consider [...]
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    Travelocity adds user content

    Travelocity has announced plans to add user-generated content facilities which will allows its customers to connect with its hotel partners and their fellow travellers. The company is the latest travel website to look to creating an online community in an effort to distinguish itself from its rivals and the brand.com websites. The new features include [...]
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    Bandwidth booby trap

    There is a cost crisis looming for hoteliers as the demand by guests for bandwidth soars while the cost of buying it is decreasing much more slowly, delegates at the Hotel Technology Next Generation European conference were warned. A session on guest entertainment at the Berlin located event focused on the demands being made on [...]
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    IHG CEO attacks power of OTAs

    Richard Solomons, CEO of InterContinental Hotels Group, told attendees at the 23rd Deloitte European Hotel Investment Conference in London last week that online travel agencies had “a power and an influence which is beyond what they really are”. The comments were the latest salvo in IHG’s difficult relationship with the OTAs, which previously had seen [...]