Airbnb Looking to Move Into Meeting Space

Airbnb has taken the world by storm with its great innovative way to rent out space for those who are traveling. When FIFA held the World Cup in Brazil, the tournament lasted about a month bringing over 3.4 million people to the country. With that kind of traffic, people were going to need a place to stay. FIFA reached out to Airbnb about their dilemma and Airbnb was able to help quickly. In a matter of a few weeks, AIrbnb was able to have 20% of attendees in an Airbnb location. In just Rio de Janeiro, about 120,000 people stayed in 18,000 Airbnb locations.

Sherry Romello - AIrbnbAirbnb is now looking to get into the meeting and event industry. In order to do so, Airbnb has some loops and bounds to go through. It has been tough for them to partner with the hotel industry. There are many hang ups that have to be taken care aside from things like hotel tax, parking, property, and sales tax. Some of the more complicated things are licensing, insurance, fire, safety, zoning, health regulations, minimum wage requirements, and loss of revenue.

Airbnb is constantly growing. In fact, today they are in over 191 different countries which includes 34,000 cities. On any given night, 400,000 guests will stay at an Airbnb property. Airbnb’s ultimate play is to work with planners and convention and visitor bureaus in order to supply housing for meetings, incentives, conventions, and exhibitions. Their website now features a custom landing page for conferences. Slowly but surely, it seems Airbnb is and will take a hold of the conference/event/meeting industry, and with good cause. Through this added business funnel, it not only benefits Airbnb but it also will benefit the meetings and conference. By allowing more ways to house attendees, it makes it easier for more people to attend the events. It’s a great mutually beneficial relationship that has worked already, just take a look at he FIFA World Cup.  For more on this interesting story, check it out on SuccessfulMeetings.com.

Apple Improving Your Hotel Stay

Since its inception in April of 1976, Apple has been frequently changing the way we do things as people. From computers to lap tops, iPods to iPhones, the soon to be Apple Watch, the list goes on and on. Apple has really made it a point to revolutionize how we do specific day to day functions. Now, there looking to change and improve your hotel stay when traveling.

No More Swiping Keys

Ever get your room key to check in, only to lose it in the very next hours? Or better yet, you have a troublesome card that’s strip is weak and it takes 20 swipes at your room door to recognize that your key is correct? Apple has developed a mobile app that will allow you to enter your room without a key. Now many times your phone may be stored away in your luggage or you’re carrying so much luggage that you can’t grab your phone from your pocket. With the soon to be released Apple Watch, you can now open your hotel door from your watch. Starwood and Hilton have announced programs to incorporate this technology at there hotels. It won’t be long until many more hotels jump on board and rid themselves of troublesome keys.

Better Check-Out and Check-In Experience

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Apple Watch

You’ve most likely recently seen someone use Apple Pay at a fast food restaurant or store in the mall. Well Marriott is going to add this sort of technology to their check-in and check-out process. Marriott will have Apple Pay-enabled terminals at the JW Marriott Chicago, New York Marriott Downtown and the San Francisco Marriott Marquis. This movement is designed to attract the younger travelers to stay at the more extravagant locations Marriott has to offer.

Hotel stayers are taking matter further on their own end with Apple products as well. Many travel with their small portable Apple Tv consoles and set them up with the hotel wifi in order to watch programs more tailored to their interests. Apple continues to revolutionize hotel stay experiences and I expect more in the coming years.

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