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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.

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