Examining the latest innovations and concepts from the travel industry…
Crowne Plaza employs service robots
IHG has started using a robot to serve guests at a Crowne Plaza hotel in Silicon Valley. The robot, named Dash, was created by local company Savioke and will be tasked with delivering snacks, toothbrushes and other amenities to hotel guests. Designed to travel at a human walking pace, Dash can independently navigate between floors, even calling the hotel’s elevators.
Heathrow changes approach to noise reduction
The operators of London's Heathrow Airport are trialling a new method of reducing the noise of incoming aircraft. The airport will now require pilots to make a steeper approach when landing at Heathrow - 3.2 degrees rather than the previous three degrees - to increase the clearance between aircraft and nearby houses. This method has previously been trialled at Frankfurt Airport.
New app connects travellers
A new social travel app has been launched that connects people heading to the same place at the same time. Developed by three Oxford University students, Tripr lets people plan who they will cross paths with during their trip, including friends, other travellers and locals. The company, which has 23,000 app downloads to date, said it is targeting the youth travel industry.
Eaton Hong Kong offers free smartphones
Eaton Hong Kong has become the latest hotel in the city to offer smartphones to guests. The hotel has teamed up with Handy to provide smartphones in all 465 rooms, offering guests unlimited 3G data, Wi-Fi and local and international calls to Australia, China, Singapore, the UK and US on a complimentarily basis. The devices also come loaded with apps offering local area information.