All posts by Marianne Varkiani

The Future of Marriott’s Brands


A couple of months ago, Marriott International became the largest hotel chain in the world after closing on a $13 billion acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts. With 30 brands now under one umbrella, there has been much speculation over Marriott’s plan to manage them all. Over the Thanksgiving weekend, Marriott began implementing a strategy

Week in Review


The Verge reports Airbnb is transforming from a short-term rental company into a full-scale travel agency. The company launched a new initiative called Airbnb Trips that enables travelers to experience new cities from a local’s perspective. According to The New York Times, the platform allows travelers to partake in activities ranging from stargazing outings to historical tours.

The Future of Hotel Technology


With the recent introduction of voice-activated hotel rooms, robot butlers and biometric access control systems, it’s no secret hotel chains are investing heavily in technology to improve the guest experience. The question remains, which hotel technologies do business travelers currently use and which do they wish to see offered in the future? Earlier this year,

The New Leaders of the Technology Revolution


The second day of GBTA Conference 2016 | Frankfurt in Partnership with VDR kicked off on Tuesday, and Roadmap CEO and co-founder Jeroen van Velzen joined industry leaders on Centre Stage to share his perspectives on innovation in travel technology. Jeroen also attended GBTA Convention this past summer, where he chatted about the motivating factors behind Roadmap and

Week in Review


GBTA recently released a business travel outlook forecasting sluggish business travel growth due to U.S. election uncertainty. Although the election outcome is now certain, many believe the future of the travel industry remains unclear. With Donald Trump elected as the 45th president of the United States, industry insiders hope for policies encouraging the free flow

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