Travel & Tourism (148)
Your virtual concierge
Hotel32 is a new boutique hotel in Monte Carlo. Each guest is provided with a red, branded Apple iPod Touch to use during their stay. Guests can access a website that puts all the hotel’s service at their fingertips – including the ability to request show tickets, a spa treatment, room service, or dinner reservations. Tell your iPod touch what sort of pillows you prefer and what you’d like in your minibar and hotel staff will make it so.
Why it matters
Travellers can book and plan their travel experience through their mobile phone, but now this has extended to every possible eventuality during their stay. Is this just another example of how technology is putting travel firmly in the hands of the consumer?
The railway company SNCF has entered into a partnership with the beauty brand Yves Rocher to organize an operation called ‘Wanted: responsible traveller, an endangered species’. Voted for by the public, the winner will win the chance to help out at forest plantation missions in India, Amazonia, Mexico and Brazil.
British celebrities have teamed up with Google to reveal their favourite places for a new guide to “hidden London”. Locations include Dame Kelly Holmes’ favourite market and Ken Livingstone’s preferred tapas restaurant. Users are able to zoom in and see close up street views of each area, find directions and plenty more.