Record numbers of passengers are expected to travel this upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Sharon Pinkerton, senior vice president for Airlines for America said that the Sunday after Thanksgiving is projected to be "the single busiest day ever for the US airline industry" with 3.1 million passengers expected to fly. The Transportation Security Administration projects 26.8 million passengers to pass through checkpoints between the Friday before Thanksgiving through the Monday afterward.
At least two people have died in Venice as 6 feet of water has flooded 85% of the city, including St. Mark's Square and the cathedral, Ducal Palace and some other historical tourist attractions, where raised platforms now provide a viewing area. Most public transport is still working, but several hotels, which are providing guests with disposable rain boots, lack electricity or enough pumps.
HerdX has developed a system that tracks livestock movement and uploads data to blockchain that travels up to the retail level. UPS has partnered with the company to improve traceability, and shoppers can scan a QR code to see verified health and provenance information for meat.
A humanlike robotic baccarat dealer is ready to ship, says China-based LT Game, a subsidiary of Paradise Gaming. Powered by artificial intelligence and combined with a high-definition screen and music, the robot can "steadily and accurately deliver cards," the company says.
New York City's legendary Waldorf Astoria will continue its glamorous history in dramatically new form if its new Chinese owner succeeds with an almost $3 billion gamble. Anbang Insurance Group paid $1.95 billion for the famed property and is spending $1 billion on renovations for 375 upscale condos and 375 hotel rooms.
Keeping and satisfying high-quality kitchen staff in a tight labor market requires constant communication and training opportunities, hotel food and beverage directors advise. "Employees stay longer and are inclined to perform better because someone showed them they matter," says Hospitality House executive Marianna Alfa.
Cincinnati's Millennium Hotel will close Dec. 31, eliminating 97 jobs and leading to a fate still undecided. The Port of Greater Cincinnati Development Authority is considering purchasing the 872-room downtown property and may demolish it, while business leaders are studying whether to build a new hotel and expanded convention center on the site.
Connective technology such as voice assistants Alexa and Google is becoming standard in new hotel rooms, but the amenity may be raising privacy and security risks that operators and owners aren't prepared to handle, hospitality services executive Shreyas Patel writes. Meeting these concerns presents sizeable cost issues, he warns.
Silicon Valley hotels compete across a wide array of amenities, but the focus on innovation is their common denominator. Voice-activated room lighting, high-tech gyms, CBD spa treatments and digital concierge service are among the innovative highlights.
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