Robots, VR and Biometrics, Arabian Travel Market To Headline Cutting Edge Technology & Innovation

girl-2181709_640A robot may not have a smile but it recognises faces, remembers names and guest preferences, characteristics and behaviours. Such is the changing experience of hospitality and the designated theme for the next Arabian Travel Market – “Cutting Edge Technology and Innovation”

The impact of technology on hotels, travel and tourism is multi-dimensional, ranging from voice and facial recognition, chatbots and beacon technology, to virtual reality, blockchain and robot concierge. As one of the fastest growing regional hospitality markets globally, the GCC is an innovative technology-reliant industry.

In 2015 the world’s first robot-run hotel opened in Japan. Henn-na Hotel features a multi-lingual animatronic dinosaur at reception that helps with check-in and check-out as well as robot porters and a giant mechanical arm that stores luggage in individual drawers.

While automation is forecast to replace a large number of jobs, between 39 and 73 million in the US alone, according to a study by McKinsey Global Institute, the report also states that innovative technology will not be a purely negative disrupter.

According to the latest research conducted by Colliers International, personalisation Artificial Intelligence (AI) could increase hotel revenues by over 10 percent and reduce costs by more than 15 percent – with hotel operators expecting technology such as voice and facial recognition, virtual reality and biometrics to be mainstream by 2025.

Looking to the future, the use of robots within the hospitality industry is becoming more commonplace with Colliers predicting the global sale of guest relation robots to reach 66,000 units by 2020. Deployed to improve guests’ overall experience in a hotel, these robots offer a range of uses from artificially intelligent chatbots designed to assist with the customer service process, through to robot concierge and butlers which have the ability to deliver luggage, handle check-in and check-outs and deliver meals 24/7 to guests efficiently.

With more and more AI innovations available for guests to express both satisfaction and grievance, the influence of such technology and the usage of social listening tools are expected to become standard as we move closer to 2030.

ATM 2018 attracted almost 40,000 industry professionals, with representation from 141 countries over the four days. The 25th edition of ATM showcased over 2,500 exhibiting companies across 12 halls at Dubai World Trade Centre.

The show is considered by industry professionals as a barometer for the Middle East and North Africa tourism sector. It is the leading, international travel and tourism event in the Middle East for inbound and outbound tourism professionals.  Arabian Travel Market 2019 will take place in Dubai from Sunday, 28thApril to Wednesday, 1stMay 2019.

To find out more, please visit: www.arabiantravelmarketwtm.com.


The ‘luxury’ of restful sleep tops UK hotel and travel trade agenda

UK travel industry professionals to speak at SOMNEX



The benefits of a good nights’ sleep have never been so well documented and yet the average Brit only gets six hours and nineteen minutes of shut-eye a night. Now, the travel & hospitality industry is taking sleep more seriously than ever before as it goes back to basics and promotes slumber as the ultimate luxury.

Key authors, professors, economists and sleep device developers from across the industry will explore the trend during SOMNEX | The Sleep Show, the first show dedicated to sleep health, taking place at the Old Truman Brewery, in London’s East End, on 12-14 October.

“In hotels across the world, pillow menus, ambient lighting and herbal teas have long come as standard, but today they have upped their game to offer exercise classes, in room massages and even bespoke supper menus,” said Bansri Shah, co-founder and organiser of SOMNEX | The Sleep Show.

Over three days, SOMNEX will showcase and explore the latest developments in sleep, covering hospitality, travel and retail, as well as other areas. More than 120 companies will feature in the SOMNEX exhibition, each displaying their innovative products and technology.

At Tokyo’s Park Hyatt, for example, guests can unwind at a “good night sleep stretch” class and at Arizona’s Hyatt Regency, they can indulge and turn off with eucalyptus and lavender pillow mist, silk eye masks, aromatherapy and even sound machines.

Another pioneer of the five-star slumber, Four Seasons launched its Signature Sleep programme around the world in 2014 but theFour Seasons Hotel Shanghai took things a step further, with a customised Signature Sleep Menu.

The experience begins with an appetiser: a seafood dinner prepared by the executive chef and followed by a 90-minute spa experience, with herbal steam, acupuncture and a hot bath of Tibetan roseroot bath salts.

For the main course, guests select their pillow from a menu of six – including buckwheat and music – and receive a lavender eye pillow and diffuser. For dessert, a magnesium rich smoothie of Valrhona chocolate, banana and walnut is prepared and, the next morning, guests awake to a champagne breakfast in bed.

Airlines are getting in on the action, too. British Airways was the first to pioneer the lie-flat seat in its Club World cabin in 2000 and today also offers passengers luxury bedding and amenities.

However, many have built on its innovation. Qatar Airlines features adjoining cabins in business class, which combine to create a double bed and Air France offers an extra-long bed for those who are six feet or taller. Meanwhile Etihad has The Residence, a three-room suite with a full-sized bed, while first class guests enjoy a feather duvet and pillows, pillow mist and pulse point oil.

Last year, a US mattress company teamed-up with American Airlines to develop eight new inflight sleeping products for passengers in first class, business class and premium economy. The suite of products includes a mattress pad to fit over the seat, a regular pillow and a lumbar pillow, a pillowcase, duvet blanket pyjamas and slippers.

Speaking at the show, Christopher Babayode, a partner at Improve your Sleep Now and author of NoJetStress’ said: “It’s tempting to try and squeeze and additional hour into the day – an early start for a workout or a late finish to box off emails. But each time we do, we take time out from our body’s chance to regenerate and rest. Sleep truly is a luxury these days, but it needn’t be that way. As the hospitality industry shows us, there are many ways to promote better sleep and, ultimately, overall wellbeing,”

Addressing delegates on the opening morning of the show, about how hotels can improve their guests’ sleep, Dr. Rebecca Robbins asleep researcher and co-author of Sleep for Success!commented: “When we travel sleep becomes even more important and being unable to get a good rest can really take its toll, whether the trip is for business or pleasure.Over recent years hotels have focused on technology, brand experiences and restaurants, but now the focus is coming back to basics and it’s all about ensuring each guest has the best nights’ sleep possible,” she said.

Awareness of sleep’s overall impact on health and wellbeing has transformed the global market for sleeping products, which has graduated from beds and bedding to incorporate respiratory devices, supplements, full body supports and wearables.

Innovation is also a key driver for the industry and will be represented at SOMNEX with exhibitors such as luxury bed manufacturer FreshBed, who have recently partnered with UK-based Zeez Sleep. Barry van Doornewaard, founder of FreshBed, commented: “According to the European Bedding Industries Association (EBIA), stress and uncomfortable temperature are the most common reasons why many people don’t get a good night’s sleep.

“Freshbed solves the temperature issue by creating a conducive microclimate, and by teaming up with Zeez Sleep Pebble, the quality of sleep is now also improved by reducing the impact of stress – it can also help long haul passengers overcome jet lag,” he added.

Other activities during SOMNEX include, the ‘demo zone’ will showcase the full spectrum of sleep products including eyewear, wearables, apps and skincare during individual twenty-minute sessions.



Rock Your Spa

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Forget those calming atmospheric background tones that usual pervade your treatment room. Make way for the world’s first fully immersive music-centric spa menu complete with amplified vibrations, pressures and patterns as the foundation of the centric spa journey.

This ground-breaking experience offered at the Hard Rock Hotel in Tenerife carries its guests on a rhythmic massage journey with bass vibrations rippling through the massage table interjected by treble beats from above, sending pulses through the body to leave guests energised and invigorated.

Treatments include a Wrap Mix and a Smooth Operator. The Wrap Mix is the ultimate healing experience to detoxify and nourish with a 50-minute rhythm and motion massage. The Smooth Operator, in comparison, retunes the skin and rocks the soul, starting with the rhythmical Sweetgrass inspired dry brushing and closing with a soothing detoxifying wrap, to release toxins, hydrate, and smooth the skin, leaving body and soul on a high note!

These reinvented Rock Spa® Rhythm and Motion treatments transcend current spa rituals and inspire spa-goers to embrace the mantra of ‘Live hard, purify harder’.


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The Medicine of the Forest


Walking on stones, smelling the trees, lying on log beds and gazing at leaves- this is Shinrin-yoku, meaning “forest bathing”, a medicine derived from simply being in the forest.

The concept was developed in Japan during the 1980s and has become a cornerstone of preventive health care and healing in Japanese medicine.

With many forests coating a green landscape, walking tours in designated forests are popular in Japan. And with the growth in healthier lifestyle attitudes and natural therapies, Shinrin-yoku has taken root with walking tours for groups led by specialist forest therapists. These tread along ancient pilgrim routes such as the Kii Peninsula in Wakayama, home to the Kumano Kodo and its network of Unesco-protected pilgrim routes dating back thousands of years.

Forest Bathing involves gazing at trees, deep green breathing, mindful walks through lush green valleys, listening to birdsong and the appreciation of the beauty of a wild flower. This sensory immersion in a natural healing environment promises mental and physical rejuvenation.

Researchers, primarily in Japan and South Korea, have conducted studies on the health benefits of spending time amongst the trees, demonstrating that forest bathing positively creates calming neuro-psychological effects through changes in the nervous system, reducing the stress hormone cortisol and boosting the immune system.

Japan is also renowned for other natural therapies:

Hot spring bathing in a natural hot spring onsen in Japan. Here it is the tradition to bathe naked in these popular springs. Japan is home to 10% of the worlds active volcanos

Rui-katsu (tear seeking) involves groups of people watching sad movies and crying together to release stress.

Moss Meditation (philosophical meditation) involves staring at green moss for positive mantras.

Alternatively, closer to home in the UK, the New Forest is following the same path. From your base in a luxury forest cabin or tree house you can sample this ancient art of re-connecting with nature.

Forest Bathing sessions will start in September 2017, http://www.forestholidays.co.uk/things-to-do

Or you can practice Shinrin-Yoku in your local park. Here are a few tips to help you bathe in the forest…..

If you have to take your phone, put it on silent and hide it in a pocket – you need to be completely present in the moment.

Wear low shoes or preferably bare feet to feel “at one” with the earth – you will be more aware of the earth and nature beneath you.

Walk aimlessly, don’t plan your journey – this will help to empty your mind and appreciate what’s around you.

Don’t rush, use all your senses – breathe slowly, notice the aromas around you,  the colours, shapes of leaves, flowers and trees. Look and see in all directions, hear the sounds. Pause to hear your heart beat and feel at peace.  Enjoy!




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Essential Facts

Airport:Budapest Airport
Time Zone:Central European
Weather/Climate:Hungary experiences typical Central European climate. Winters are snowy and cold (average of 3°C). Summers are warm and sunny with occasional rain (average of 20°C)
Language Spoken:Hungarian
Currency:Hungarian forint (HUF)
Dialing Code: +36

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Airports: Airport
Time Zone:Central European
Weather/Climate:Hungary experiences typical Central European climate. Winters are snowy and cold (average of 3°C). Summers are warm and sunny with occasional rain (average of 20°C)
Language Spoken:Hungarian
Currency:Hungarian forint (HUF)
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Unveiling the refurbished Preidlhof Luxury Spa Resort

Award-winning luxury health and spa resort, Preidlhof in South Tyrol, Italy has reopened following a €6 million luxury refurbishment. Overseen by Austrian designer, Reinhard Köck, Preidlhof’s refurbishment will see the the unveiling of 36 new luxury suites and five luxury penthouse suites, bringing the total number of rooms to 70 to enhance the impressive medical and health spa facilities already available.

Preidlhof’s spa programme offers an integrated preventative, holistic and medical healthcare programme with highly experience and qualified practitioners, representing tremendous value. Central to Preidlhof’s philosophy is the Mediterranean ‘Good Life’ – La Dolce Vita – and this is interwoven into every facet of its offering.

The new luxury suites all feature spa loggias and some have their own whirlpool and private sauna. The penthouse suites each have an outdoor cinema and the Luxury Penthouse Suite DolceVita Premium Star, its own private pool.The new luxury accommodation is situated within an entirely new main building. This incorporates a new entrance and reception area with a dedicated ‘Adventure’ check-in and Concierge service.

Located in Naturns, Preidlhof is built into the hillside, interspersed with orchards, vines, olive trees and subtropical plants as typified by the region. The guest rooms, the Spa, fitness pavilion, 450m² wellness water park, and the restaurant – recently awarded a Michelin star – all afford stunning views of the valley. The Mediterranean climate and The Texel Group Nature Park (the largest natural park in South Tyrol) make this a wonderful place to hike and bike with all the equipment and guides available in-house. Guests can also use the complimentary DolceVita Vespas and quad bikes to explore further afield.

The comprehensive 5000m² Spa and Wellness facilities, including six floors dedicated to 16 different sauna, steam and relaxation experiences, as well as 14 Spa treatment rooms. A team of spa and on-site medical experts offer a wide range of natural health, medical and beauty treatments.

The 5-night “Preidl Health Check” programme starts from €1,550 per person with accommodation on a 3⁄4 board basis in a Lavendel Luxury Suite. Treatments include:

Initial medical consultation with PROGNOS measurement, 50 min
Medical abdomen examination, 20 min
Initial medical consultation with heart-rate variability measurement (HRV), 50 min
Medical abdomen examination, 20 min
Concluding medical consultation with HRV measurement, 25 min
Medical acupressure, 3 sessions of 25 min
Life coaching, 50 min
Craniosacral therapy, 50 min
Shiatsu, 50 min
PREIDL harmony massage, 75 min
Relaxation in the Deep Sea Room in the Spa Tower, 2 sessions of 15 min
Option of additional individual infusion therapy
The 10-night “Preidl Detox” programme starts from €2,663 per person with accommodation on a 3⁄4 board basis in a Lavendel Luxury Suite. Treatments include:

Initial medical consultation with PROGNOS measurement, 50 min
Medical abdomen examination, 20 min
Concluding medical consultation, 25 min
Alkali correction
Individual infusion therapies
Visceral osteopathy, 50 min
Lymphatic drainage, 3 sessions of 50 min
Maritime phytotherapy, 3 sessions of 20 min
1 cooking workshop – “My healthy kitchen”
Relaxation in the Deep Sea Room, 2 sessions of 15 min
Alkaline diet
Preidlhof is a highly attractive and great value destination for guests seeking an active and indulgent holiday, couples on a romantic break, and serious detox and wellness seekers travelling alone. Children under the age of 16 are not permitted.

Reservations and more information:
+39.0473.666.251; www.preidlhof.it