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7 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
Digital. Season 3, Episode 5
The CDC stated that people who’ve been vaccinated against #COVID19 can now gather indoors with other vaccinated people without the need to wear masks. This may be one of the best news for our industry as it opens scenarios of (almost) normality. In fact, hotels with fully vaccinated staff could welcome fully vaccinated guests just like they did in 2019. It seems to me just another reason to vaccinate people working in hospitality as soon as possible.After months of beta testing, Google eventually added organic links to its metasearch product. On top of paid results, hotels can show prices organically. According to Google, the ranking of the free, organic links is based on an algorithm that takes into consideration variables such as prices, CTR, and landing page experience and not “commercial relationships, advertising and payment to Google.”The Hotels Network launched BenchDirect, a free, real-time interactive analytics platform to help hotels compare their performance to the market.Tripadvisor has opened its Tripadvisor Plus platform to hotels. Joining is free, and those that do receive a special badge on the site and increased visibility in TripAdvisor. In return, they have to provide discounts or perks to TripAdvisor Plus members.Voyager Station is the name of the first space hotel. Constructions are expected to begin in 2026, and the hotel could be open by 2027.Kayak, the metasearch engine owned by Booking Holdings, partnered with Life House to open its first hotel, the Kayak Miami Beach.Ryanair launched an in-app health passport, so that passengers can prove their COVID-19 status before flying.According to Canary Technologies, 68% of hotels are implementing contactless check-in processes.Today is the last day of ITB Now, the digital edition of Berlin’s ITB. You can get all the info at itb.com.After the success of “Hospitality Marketplace,” Hospitality Net and FunnelTV are coming back with a brand new series titled “The Revenue Manager.” Eight panels, eight masterclasses, and 70 international C-Level speakers. The show will start in April.
10 minutes | Mar 5, 2021
Digital. Season 3, Episode 4
Booking Holdings has reported a 99% net income fall for 2020, compared to the previous year.Trip.com revenue decreased by 49% in 2020.Airbnb revenue decreased by 30% in 2020.The FDA authorized Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine. As discussed during the last issue of Digital., Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine is only one dose and can be stored at normal refrigeration temperatures.According to a J.D. Power survey, one-third of American travelers are eager to travel once they are vaccinated.ITB Berlin 2020 will be completely digital, and it will take place from 9 to 12 March 2021. So far, more than 2,000 have signed up.According to President Biden, The US will have enough vaccines for every American adult by the end of May.Expedia Group and Booking Holdings invested $4.7 billion in marketing in 2020, a 60% drop compared to 2019, when they invested $11 billion.According to analyst Jason Bazinet, TripAdvisor’s new subscription model, Plus, could draw 10 million members, “creating an additional $1 billion of high-margin revenue.”Expedia Group is selling the Classic Vacations brand, a wholesaler specialized in luxury vacation, to Najafi Companies. According to Najafi Companies CEO, Jahm Najafi, “The luxury vacation business will see a rebound in the near future and Classic Vacations is well positioned to capitalize on that growth.”
8 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
Digital. Season 3, Episode 3
According to the World Travel & Tourism Council, “this will be a strong summer for travel to Europe — including inbound travel.”The Greek government is considering opening its borders to vaccinated British tourists by May.The FDA confirmed that Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine offers effective protection against severe cases of COVID-19. If approved for use, Johnson & Johnson expects to provide 100 million doses by summer.According to a report by Harri, 29% of hospitality workers do not intend to take the COVID-19 vaccine to maintain their current employment.Announcing results for 2020, Accor posted a loss of almost €2 billion.Hilton reported a $720 million loss.Marriott reported $164 million loss and forecasts a 6% growth for 2021.Anthony Capuano, previously in charge of the global development division, is now the new Marriott’s CEO. Capuano will take the place of Arne Sorenson, who recently passed away.During a recent episode of Joe Rogan’s famous podcast, Elon Musk stated that SpaceX will be making regular passenger flights by 2023. The full episode can be found on Spotify.I wrote a piece on hotel technology and innovation during crises, available here: “Hotel Technology During Crises, Does it innovate?” https://www.hospitalitynet.org/panel/125000091/126000925.html
11 minutes | Feb 19, 2021
Digital. Season 3, Episode 2
Marriott International CEO, Arne M. Sorenson, passed awayGoogle will pay a €1.1 million fine in Francelastminute.com has to pay £1M in refunds within the next seven daysExpedia Group has removed Vrbo from Google's vacation rental metasearch product.Travel + Leisure Co. launched a new online booking platform called #BookTandL.com.Tripadvisor revenue plummeted 61% in 2020.Around half of Americans will be more likely to travel when a #COVID19 vaccine is widely available.According to a Crypto Research report, #bitcoin will be worth $397,000 in 2030Accor partnered with Microsoft to launch "All Connect."I gave an interview to Startup.info on how #COVID19 affected our industry.
76 minutes | Dec 21, 2020
Digital. Season 2, Episode 35. Special Guests: Tobias Wessels and Itai Arik
According to a survey from MMGY Global, 50% of Americans would take the COVID-19 vaccine immediately.During its first day of trading, shares of Airbnb closed at a stunning $144.71, 113% above the initial public offering price of $68.Google launched #hotelinsights, a new tool allowing hotels to “learn where interest for your hotel and your region is highest right now, explore booking trends, and learn about the digital tools you can use to attract new guests and grow your business.” Here’s an example for Ile-de-France: https://hotelinsights.withgoogle.com/global-insights/?region=ChIJF4ymA8Th5UcRcCWLaMOCCwETripadvisor is about to launch a subscription service, called Tripadvisor Plus, providing members with deals and perks on thousands of hotels and attractions. “Think of it as a travel club,” CEO Steve Kaufer, stated. The service will cost $99/year, and you can sign up for early access here: beta.subs.tripadvisor.com/plus/. In the meantime, China banned Tripadvisor from its app store, considering it “illegal.” Tripadvisor did not comment on it.Tripadvisor launched reco (https://www.helloreco.com/), a new platform that “matches travelers with a personal Trip Designer to simplify vacation planning [and] ensures travelers’ unique needs for their next trip are fulfilled, thanks to the expertise of advisors who know a destination best.”The chatbot HiJiffy raised €1 million in funding, thanks to an investment led by Portugal Ventures.Trip.com made a quarterly profit for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak.Lonely Planet, known mainly for its travel guidebooks, has been acquired by Red Ventures.Sad news for geeks like me: Uber decided to sell its driverless car unit. On the other hand, however, Amazon is ready to launch its Zoox vehicle.The Federal Trade Commission and 46 states sued Facebook for social networking monopoly and could force the company to sell Instagram and WhatsApp.
19 minutes | Nov 20, 2020
2045: Visions and Previsions on Hotel Marketing By Simone Puorto
2045: Visions and Previsions on Hotel Marketing By Simone Puorto - Founder & CEO @ Travel Singularity
85 minutes | Nov 16, 2020
Digital. Season 2, Episode 34. Special Guest: Chris Blaine
Pfizer vaccineBooking Holdings Q3Tripadvisor Q3Expedia Q3Trivago Q3Amadeus study on #SCAMarriott fined for breachBooking.com and Expedia data breach#ITBBerlin 2021 will be virtualThe future of the PMS industry according to GX Spotlight
77 minutes | Oct 30, 2020
Digital. Season 2, Episode 33. Special Guests: Lennert De Jong, Klaus Kohlmayr, Dominik Lieskovsky
Tripadvisor BIMirai suggestions for google hotel adsNew layoffs for expedia"The day there's a vaccine announced […] will be our highest booking day in history."Google Analytics 4Sabre and Google launch Sabre Travel AIWIHP / skift on the rise of GHANew lockdown for FranceGX SPOTLIGHTS What's the future of hotel technology?CitizenM corporate subscription
76 minutes | Oct 26, 2020
Digital. Season 2, Episode 32. Special Guest: Amit Shamni
TSA:1 million people at U.S. airportsGlobalData: bad news for 2020Arte channel: The Wuhan Paradox,Antitrust suit against GooglePayPal and cryptocurrenciesCOVID-19 mortality rates have decreased overRadisson launches #IndividualsAirbnb 15% commissionBooking.com launches flight searchMy latest speech on Transhumanism and Hospitality
24 minutes | Oct 22, 2020
Simone Puorto: Transumanesimo e Hospitality. Valutazioni etiche sulle tecnologie del futuro.
Simone Puorto: Transumanesimo e Hospitality. Valutazioni etiche sulle tecnologie del futuro.
77 minutes | Oct 17, 2020
Digital. Season 2, Episode 31. Special Guest: Nicolas Chavanes
Amazon partnered with the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation to sell train tickets.Booking.com will discontinue its BookingSuite services(WebDirect, BookingButton, RateIntelligence and ChoicePro) starting on November 30 to focus “on growing our core accommodations business.”According to an Expedia study, “travelers are 57% more likely to book their travel through an OTA now than before COVID-19.”According to a Travel Leaders Group survey, 70% of US and Canadian travelers plan to take a holiday in 2021…… On the other hand, a study by YouGov showed that only one in 10 UK adults is planning a trip abroad over the next six months.Hilton launched its WorkSpaces initiative: guests can use hotel rooms as remote offices. Rooms provide a desk, a chair, and free WiFi, together with food and drinks.Like the majority of metasearch engines, Trivago launched a CPA model as well as an alternative to the classic CPC model.According to a recent Google study, private accommodation are recovering faster than hotels, as “vacation rental is perceived safer, easier to practice social distancing”Google is testing organic listings of its metasearch results. Thanks to Evan Davies for the findingDespite the situation, Italy maintained TTG and Hospitality Day fairs.
78 minutes | Oct 5, 2020
Digital. Season 2, Episode 30. Special Guest: Claudio Limacher
Italy National Tourism FundIan Schrager: the industry will return to the same normal we’ve always hadAn old tuberculosis vaccine could also protect against #COVID-19Radisson and Zoom hybrid online conferencesGoogle Meet 60 minutes limitTwitter and DMsHow will The Hotels of the Future look like?Amazon launched “Explore”Koddi and Tripadvisor recovery initiativeA US man sued by The Sea View Resort on a TripAdvisor’s review.
72 minutes | Sep 25, 2020
Digital. Season 2, Episode 29. Special Guest: Wilma Vanni
1. Virtual World Travel Market London2. Marriott good news3. Manhattan room inventory according to eHotelier.4. The Peninsula Hotels replace Oracle with Shiji5. TikTok, Oracle and Walmart6. "The death of hotels," wrote Skift's Dennis Schaal, "was greatly exaggerated."7. Thomas Cook relaunched itself as an OTA.8. eMarketer figures on ad spending9. 115 destinations have reduced their travel restrictions.10. Booking.com now allows listed properties to offer weekly and monthly rates.
75 minutes | Sep 6, 2020
Digital. Season 2, Episode 27. Special Guests: Mariangela Colasanti and Blaire Fernandez
1. Airbnb's IPO.2. Coca-Cola + IBM3. Google vs. LinkedIn4. Photoshop vs. fakes5. Google launches "To Do,"6. Accor merging with InterContinental Hotels?7. Marriott's data breach8. Agoda's day-use feature9. SpaceX raises $1.9 billion10. Zoom's revenue +355%
78 minutes | Aug 7, 2020
Digital. Season 2, Episode 26. Special Guest: Ash Richardson
1. 🦠 Booking.com is firing2. 🦠 Expedia's revenue is down 82%3. 🦠 Trivago lost 93% revenue4. 🦠 Boeing lost $2.4 billion5. 🦠 Moderna biggest #coronavirus vaccine trial.6. 🦠 TUI closed over 160 shops7. 🦠 Virgin Atlantic bankruptcy8. 📈 Booking windows are getting shorter (source: Hyatt)9. 📱 Microsoft to buy TikTok?10. 🤖 Neuralink will make humans capable of controlling their emotions
73 minutes | Aug 1, 2020
Digital. Season 2, Episode 25. Special Guests: Charly Esnal & Giuseppe Paolelli
🦠 Short-term better than hotels?🦠 According to @GlobalData, MICE tourism may never fully recover🦠 @Etihad Airways is requiring negative #COVID19 tests🦠 Britain did put Spain back on its unsafe travel list📈 @Atomize released version 2.0.📱 @Facebook mimics @TikTok📱130 Twitter accounts were hacked🦉 @Tripadvisor sold eight brands to @Hopjump.🅰️ @Amazon under investigation🤖 @Sabre partners with @Mindsay
62 minutes | Jul 30, 2020
Tech Trends for 2030 with Simone Puorto, André Baljeu, Jordan Hollander, and Mark Fancourt
A talk by André Baljeu, Jordan Hollander, Simone Puorto and Mark Fancourttechtalk.travel, HotelTechReport.com, Travel Singularity & TRAVHOTECH, FOODnBEVTECH & Testbed VegasTen years from now. Some might say we would be mad to make a prediction. We've decided we will anyway. Tune in for a vision of hospitality ten years down the road.
79 minutes | Jul 24, 2020
Digital. Season 2, Episode 24. Special Guests: Joel Montaniel & David Mignano
🦠 Worst quarter for @united airlines🦠 @skyscanner laying off 300 people🦠 @booking.com travel incentive🦠 Face masks for @marriott🦠 @mcKinsey Emotion Archive🦠 @Linkedin fires 1,000 people🦠 @MIT and airplane middle seats🦠 Russian hackers on coronavirus vaccine🦠 @Netflix shares increase🦠 Where can Americans travel?
64 minutes | Jul 14, 2020
Digital. Focus: How To Reduce Operational Costs, Increase Guest Satisfaction And Boost Bookings
Improve Operational Tasks Workflow, Optimize Revenue Performance, Apply Post-COVID-19 Protocols, And Cut Hotel Expenses By Up To 30%Special Guests:Svetlana Udalov (HKeeper)Matthijs Welle (MEWS)Andrea Spalletti Trivelli (Villa Spalletti Trivelli)Micheal Mccartan (Sciant)
76 minutes | Jul 12, 2020
Digital. Season 2, Episode 23. Special Guests: Svetlana Udalov, Pilar Sanchez Aita, Michael McCartan
Topics:🦠 Booking.com's “health and safety measures”🦠 5% of Spanish has #coronavirus antibodies🏨 D-EDGE's “The State of Hotel Advertising”🏨 Sabre's “The state of hotel website traffic"🦠 Expedia Group Academy🏨 New CEO for OYO💰 Uber acquires Postmates💰 Virgin Hyperloop partners with Spirit AeroSystems🏨 Introducing HyperGuest🏨 HKeeper launches Concierge module and implemented WPA
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