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Hilton unveils futuristic room controlled by guests’ smartphone

Hilton has introduced its Connected Room, a high-tech platform that allows guests to control their room’s thermostat, lighting, blinds, television and other amenities via their mobile phones. Guests will also be able to personalize their room with technology that loads the most popular streaming media and other accounts to in-room TVs. Connected Room will support a range of connected devices, engagements…

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Chubb launches enhanced Travel Smart app for business travellers

 Chubb has today launched its enhanced Travel Smart app. The latest version of the service provides travel information and safety alerts for business travellers around the world and is designed to help companies meet their Duty of Care requirements for employees travelling on business. Chubb Travel Smart has already been downloaded by thousands of business travellers across Europe. The new version…

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Europe’s busiest airports

Looking at the whole picture, EU airports carried a record number of passengers – 972.7 million. London/Heathrow remained the EU’s busiest passenger airport in 2016, with 75.7 million passengers handled, slightly up (+1.0%) compared with 2015. Paris/Charles de Gaulle (65.8 mn, +0.3%), Amsterdam/Schiphol (63.6 mn, +9.3%), Frankfurt/Main (60.7 mn, -0.4%) and Madrid/Barajas (49.2 mn, +6.2%) completed the top 5 of the busiest…

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China’s growing business travel market draws global attention

China’s business travel market is expanding rapidly, creating opportunities for travel companies worldwide. AirPlus International, a German travel payment company, said its accumulated turnover in China reached over 1 billion euros ($1.2 billion) this month, making China its third largest overseas market. “China’s business travel market, which is the largest in the world, is leading the change in the global travel management industry,” said Lucy Wang, managing director of…

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AccorHotels to enhance booking and payment experience in partnership with FirstData

As part of the deal, First Data will power payments for AccorHotels for in-store, online, and mobile transactions. This includes facilitating transactions for AccorHotels’ online booking tool that enables customers to quickly and easily make and pay for reservations online. “AccorHotels owns some of the most well-recognized hotel brands in the world, and we are delighted to form this long-term relationship with…

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89% of GCC travelers use hotel mobile apps to Enhance Their Hotel Experience

Travelers in the GCC are embracing digital solutions to enhance their hotel experience. According to a new survey from Avaya, 89% use hotel mobile apps to perform tasks such as tracking bill changes and communicating with staff via chat. More than a quarter also book their rooms through a hotel app, while respondents said having an easy-to-use app ranked only behind…

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Egencia Puts Business Travellers First with Egencia Advantage

From airport lounge access, to risk management and Visa processing services, the new programme prioritises traveller satisfaction for corporate travel Egencia®, the business travel arm of the Expedia group, today introduces Egencia® Advantage, a new global programme of services designed to support business travellers throughout their entire journey. READ MORE: Business Travel or collaboration solutions? From airport lounge access, to traveller…

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Azerbaijan Airlines to use Inmarsat satellite network

Inmarsat has provided state-owned air carrier Azerbaijan Airlines with the Rockwell Collins’ CabinConnect wireless in-flight connectivity and entertainment system, using its own Global Xpress (GX) satellite network. “The new connectivity service will enable AZAL passengers to surf the internet, use various instant messenger applications, social networks, listen to audio and check emails via personal computers, tablets and smartphones,” said Mike…

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No more walking and talking on the Honolulu streets

So-called “smartphone zombies” face fines for looking down at their devices in a bid to reduce injuries and deaths Pedestrians have been banned from looking at their mobile phones while crossing the street in Honolulu. Hawaiian authorities say the aim is to reduce injuries and deaths from “distracted walking”. Anyone found looking at their phone faces a fine of between…

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Dassault business aviation customers offered Jet ConneX Wi-Fi service

New data plans are now available for Inmarsat’s Jet ConneX inflight Wi-Fi solution on Dassault business jets. The expanded offering gives Dassault customers five tiered data plans to choose from using their existing non-Ka-band radomes. The highest data plan offers speeds up to 11Mbps. Business aviation customers are normally required to install the Honeywell JetWave hardware for Jet ConneX with a fully…

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