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How food delivery services are moving into airports

Image credit: Shutterstock Queues at airport restaurants and food outlets are a common sight, especially at peak travel times, as transport hubs around the world deal with surging numbers of travelers. In response, a new batch of pick-up and delivery services has arrived on the scene to offer time-poor passengers an alternative to holding out for on-board plane food. In the US, two recently launched services, AirportSherpa and AtYourGate, deliver food and other retail items directly to passengers at their gate. Another similar offering, Grab, is slightly more established, operating at airports across the US and at London’s Heathrow. The

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What do guests want from a modern city hotel?

Image credit: Shutterstock If you flip through your grandparents’ old photo albums, you’ll notice that their vacation pictures look very different to yours. While they may have captured the moment they sat down for a themed dinner in a hotel restaurant, your snapshots are more likely to show off your best food truck finds. It’s just one of the many ways that travel and tourism have changed in recent decades. To keep up with those modern trends and preferences, hotels must identify new ways to keep guests checking in year after year. “What guests want during their hotel stay is

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Can Saudi Arabia build a popular tourist destination?

Image credit: Shutterstock Image credit: Shutterstock Tourism in the Middle East has long been dominated by the high-end resorts in Dubai, Egypt and Jordan yet they could soon have a new challenger in their midst. Saudi Arabia is turning its attention to tourism and entertainment as it seeks to not only reposition its economy but also meet a pent-up demand for greater leisure options within its own population. The Saudi government is thinking big. Plans are afoot for a luxury tourist area bigger than Belgium and stretching across 50 islands on the Red Sea coastline, which is mooted to open

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Airport hotels: The stylish new models near the runway

Image credit: Shutterstock Often dismissed as a routine pit-stop for travelers, airport hotels are increasingly refashioning themselves as stylish, amenity-rich places for a night’s sleep or a board meeting. At the Westin Denver International Airport hotel, the lobby is steps away from security screening but guest rooms feature floor-to-ceiling glass walls overlooking the cityscape and the famed peaks of the Rocky Mountains. In Singapore, passengers can stroll directly from Terminal 3 of Changi Airport to the Crowne Plaza, a luxury hotel with a gym, spa and courtyard pool surrounded by tropical greenery. “These hotels offer far more than just a

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Which cities are the rising giants of the hotel industry?

When it comes to competition among the world’s top hotel markets, it’s going to take a lot to rival London and Paris. These two long-term favorites attract 30 percent of all hotel investment. Yet that’s not to say that fast growing cities in Asia and the Middle East aren’t rapidly gaining ground. The likes of Dubai, Beijing, Bangkok, Shanghai and Guangzhou are the world’s most dynamic emerging markets with huge potential for future growth. “Shanghai and Beijing already rank among the top largest hotel markets and investment destinations,” says Jeremy Kelly, Director, Global Research at JLL. “Bangkok and Dubai are

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