How Virtual Reality Will Revolutionize the Hospitality Industry

By Paulo Tromp, CEO and Creative Director at VRMADA, HospitalityNet Virtual reality may be all about transporting users to alternative realities, but with analysts predicting that it will be a $150-billion industry by 2020, it offers enormous real world benefits for brands savvy enough to seize the opportunity. Resorts and [...]

February 2nd, 2017|

THERE’S A MASSIVE RESTAURANT INDUSTRY BUBBLE, AND IT’S ABOUT TO BURST

By KEVIN ALEXANDER Published On 12/30/2016 @KAlexander03 . Thrillist Editor's Note: This is the third and final story in Kevin Alexander's extensive and obsessive year-long investigation into the state of the American restaurant industry. You can read parts one and two here.  AS SOON AS HE WALKED THROUGH THE DOOR, Matt Semmelhack [...]

January 1st, 2017|

Chicago to get more hotel rooms in 2017 — perhaps too many

By Becky Yerak . Contact Reporter Chicago Tribune Chicago will host more major conventions in 2017, but the local hotel market could still find itself tested with as many as 3,000 additional guest rooms coming online, raising concern about oversupply. When the books are closed on 2016, the hotel occupancy rate likely will [...]

January 1st, 2017|

This Is What Next Year Will Be Like for the U.S. Hotel Industry

Deanna Ting, Skift  @deannating The end of the year — and what a year this one has been — is often a time for reflection, as well as one for forecasting what next year will bring. In 2016, the global hotel industry contended with plenty of changes: Consolidations continued. Disruptors got [...]

December 13th, 2016|

Restaurant visits decline as cash-strapped consumers opt for homemade meals

By Samantha Bomkamp . Contact Reporter Chicago Tribune   Eating out is losing its luster with cash-strapped consumers. Restaurant visits declined in the third quarter, research and consulting firm NPD Group said on Tuesday. Fast-food chain visits, which make up 80 percent of restaurant visits overall, fell for the first time in five [...]

December 7th, 2016|

NYC restauranteur Danny Meyer looks to upend hospitality industry with Apple Watch

By Mikey Campbell, Apple Insider Famed New York City restauranteur Danny Meyer is outfitting floor managers and sommeliers at upscale eatery Union Square Cafe with Apple Watch hardware, a tech-meets-hospitality integration that could shape the future of restaurant services. Rendering of the renovated Union Square Cafe. | Source: Union Square [...]

September 29th, 2016|