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Your daily fix of new business ideas Springwise and its network of 17,000 spotters scan the globe for smart new business ideas, delivering instant inspiration to entrepreneurial minds. More at www.springwise.com
Hotel restaurant’s pop-up store lets diners wear what they eat
The hospitality industry is a hotbed of resource waste and unsustainable practices. Bedsheets need washing every night, lights are left on 24/7 for guests coming and going, and leftover food can’t be reused and has to be thrown away. In the past, hotel chains such as UK Marriott have aimed to recycle resources by turning its used bedsheets into the Bed Linen Tote as a memento for customers. Now Marlow Goods has launched a pop-up store at the Wythe Hotel in Brooklyn, which turns meat byproducts from the venue’s restaurant into leather clothes and bags for guests. READ MORE…
At hotel for cyclists, guests can ride right up to reception
For those who want to see the world by bike, there aren’t actually that many options when they travel — most hotels don’t provide secure facilities for locking them away, and airlines often charge extra for taking them on board. In Japan, Hotel Cycle is hoping to make cyclists feel more welcome, with accommodation designed especially for bike-riding tourists. READ MORE…
For USD 231,000, design your own hotel room made of ice
Many holidaymakers are keen to find ways they can make their trip unique, and getting to decide what goes into a hotel room is one way to do just that. While UK-based Whitbread has already used its smart tech-enabled hub spaces to lend a measure of personalization to its hotel rooms, Sweden’s ICEHOTEL is going one further, enabling customers to work with designers to create their own bespoke ice creations before they arrive. READ MORE…
Bike Butler equips hotel guests with local cycling knowledge
Not all hotels cater for tourists who want to travel in an eco-friendly way, although we have previously seen venues such as The Charles Hotel in Massachusetts offer free cycle classes. Now the Fairmont Pacific Rim hotel in Vancouver is launching a Bike Butler service, giving cyclists help in exploring the local surroundings. READ MORE…
Hotel creates tote bag made from used bedsheets
Guests expect fresh sheets as a minimum from quality hotel accommodation, but this means that those businesses end up getting through a huge amount of linen. Rather than send its used bedsheets to landfill, UK Marriott hotels has created the Bed Linen Tote, a stylish bag that is made out of recycled bedsheets. READ MORE…
At NY hotels, room service now includes groceries
One of the biggest expenses for consumers travelling abroad is eating out or relying on room service for each meal, however, many hotels do offer self-catering kitchen facilities for guests who want to cook for themselves. One of those companies is Affinia Hotels, which is now enabling its New York customers to order fresh groceries directly to their room. READ MORE…
Hotel takes its kitchen to the streets
Airlines using food trucks to enable potential customers to sample their onboard meals isn’t a new thing – we’ve seen both Air France and Austrian Air taking to the idea in the past. However, now the Four Seasons hotel chain is getting in on the act with its Four Seasons Taste Truck, a roving restaurant that offers passersby a taste of the haute cuisine available to its booking guests. READ MORE…
Hotel offers personalized holiday tips through Pinterest
From customer review sites to social media recommendations, there is a plethora of info for those planning a trip to digest. We recently saw Suggestme aggregate all of this data to offer up-to-the-minute travel advice trends, but now hotel chain Four Seasons has launched Pin.Pack.Go, a Pinterest-based concierge service that offers holiday suggestions based on customers’ existing pins. READ MORE…
In Australia, hotel caters for Instagram junkies
Springwise recently wrote about tourist-friendly stands designed by Japanese company Sunpole – helping them to take scenic selfies on their mobile devices – and our latest spotting has also recognized the importance of social media for capturing holidaymakers’ memories. The 1888 Hotel in Australia is integrating Instagram into its offerings, with facilities dedicated especially for smartphone photographers. READ MORE…
Smartphone-enabled hotel rooms give customers control of their experience
We’ve already seen the English Lake District’s Waterhead Hotel offer consumers the ability to tailor their room to their own tastes. Now the UK’s Whitbread chain has announced the hub, a compact hotel room that guests can customize via their smartphone, even before they’ve arrived. READ MORE…
Site helps solo travelers split the bill on shared hotel rooms
The controversial dating site Miss Travel has already offered a way for travelers to find accompaniment while also making savings, and now a new site aims to do something similar. Easynest enables solo tourists to pick a partner to share their hotel room in order to take advantage of reduced rates. READ MORE…
Project turns vacant NY office space into midtown hotels
Tourists heading to the London Olympic Games last summer may have found hotel prices too expensive, but at least could have taken advantage of the innovative taxi hotel, which saw a London black cab transformed into a comfortable temporary room. Looking for a more permanent solution to problems caused by the current economy, Denmark’s Pop-Up Hotel aims to reappropriate vacant office space in the center of New York City and turn it into revenue-making hotels for travelers. READ MORE…
During presidential inauguration, hotel offers social media butler
Capturing a trip is an important part of the experience for most travelers, something that the Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel picked up on with its instant Facebook update booths. In conjunction with the presidential inauguration earlier this week, The Madison Washington DC offered its Inaugural Town and Country package, which included a social media expert to document guests’ stays and keep their online profiles updated. READ MORE…
Fingerprint recognition allows automatic Facebook updates for hotel guests
We’ve already featured the Ushuaïa Ibiza Beach Hotel on these pages before thanks to its biometric payment system. Using the same technology, the hotel is now set to feature similar technology that recognizes guests’ fingerprints and automatically updates their Facebook profiles. READ MORE…
In the Netherlands, hotel aims to offer complete holiday experience in one building
We recently covered the Vienna-based Urbanauts project’s efforts to get tourists out of their hotel room and into the city by outsourcing hospitality to local businesses. Taking the opposite angle, Hotel Droog in the Netherlands now aims to provide the entire holiday experience in one building. READ MORE…