Travel Trends with Globetrender
We're proud to unveil a new regular feature here this month, as we team up with the excellent Globetrender website.
We've struck an exclusive content partnership with the site to bring you the very best business travel news and insights.
Globetrender is compiled by Jenny Southan, the Features Editor at Business Traveller Magazine, so you can be sure her information on the latest travel trends is top notch, insightful and up-to-date.
Each month we'll pull 4 or 5 of the most interesting and relevant stories on Globetrender for discerning business travellers like you. We hope you find them useful and enlightening.
Tumi Launches new GPS Luggage Tracker
Last year, more than 21 million bags were lost (if temporarily) by airlines globally. However, companies such as Tumi, which has launched its new luggage tracker, are working hard to design technology to reduce this problem.
For someone at the start of a trip, discovering that their suitcase has not made it will not only be stressful but hugely inconvenient. They may have to wait days to be reunited with it, will have to go shopping for underwear and toiletries, and then have the hassle of reclaiming these costs. And obviously the frustration for any business travellers experiencing this hassle will be ten-fold.
However, for a (slightly pricey) US$ 200, you will now be able to buy Tumi’s Global Locator luggage tracker that will give you updates on the whereabouts of your bag after you have checked it in. Read the full story on Globetrender.
KLM Smart Luggage Tag
Here's another luggage innovation along similar lines. Dutch airline KLM has developed a GPS-powered “smart” luggage tag that has been designed to trigger audio advice and tips on what to see and how to navigate Amsterdam, with voice recordings provided by cabin crew.
The KLM Care Tag, as it’s known, can be clipped to a jacket or rucksack, and thanks to built-in offline GPS technology will be able to tell exactly where you are in the city, in real time, without access to the internet.
During its testing phase, the tag will be sent to KLM flyers visiting the Dutch capital in September. All you have to do is order it online for free.
The first batch of Care Tags will only be available in English, but later this year there will be more Care Tags available in Chinese, Portuguese, German and Russian.
Ian Schrager's new Public Hotel Brand hits New York
A new hotel brand from legendary hotelier Ian Schrager has arrived in New York this month with the opening of Public on Chrystie Street in the Bowery, on the Lower East Side.
Schrager is a man who has always succeeded in anticipating what people want in hospitality. In the 1970s, for example, he founded New York’s famous Studio 54 nightclub, and then went on to create the “boutique hotel”, with the launch of Morgans Hotel Group and then Edition, which is now part of Marriott International.
Eurostar Trials Sony Sound Sampler
Sony has collaborated with Eurostar to offer passengers travelling on its trains a special “Sound Menu”, delivered via the on board entertainment system. The specially curated playlist is designed to help people feel more calm, boost productivity and increase focus.
That's it for this month. We hope you've found them useful and interesting.
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