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« MSU-led regional team awarded $6M NSF grant to research biofuel, carbon capture technologies | Main | Flint MTA testing Proterra hydrogen fuel cell bus prototype for one year » A new white paper published by the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT), in collaboration with Eaton, Ricardo, JCI, BorgWarner, Honeywell, and the ITB Group, analyzes current turbocharged, downsized gasoline engine technology developments and trends. The assessment, which relies on data from publicly available sources and data and information from the participating automotive suppliers, provides an update to the technology assessments performed by US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to inform the 2017–2025 fuel economy and GHG rule. The technology assessments conducted by the Environmental Protection Agency and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to inform the 2017–2025 passenger vehicle fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions regulations were conducted five years ago. Since then, innovations in vehicle technologies have come rapidly, enabled by computer-aided design tools and electronic engine controls. Broadly, the detailed analysis of different technologies found that costs are lower and benefits higher than originally determined by the two agencies. Some of the findings and observations of the study include: There is no need for a 2-stage turbo with e-boost; i.e., the cost of the 2-stage turbo can be subtracted when adding e-boost. The Miller cycle is extremely cost effective, providing a 4-7% reduction in fuel consumption at virtually zero cost once enabling technologies (2-stage turbo or e-boost) have been implemented in the powertrain. Miller cycle efficiency increase does not include the potential use of highly-efficient diesel VGTs or improvements in turbocharger design, such as axial flow turbines. Despite the Miller cycle being unforeseen in the rulemaking, it is already in production by at least two manufacturers, and is proliferating rapidly. The reporte suggests that the Miller cycle will likely be on nearly all turbocharged engines by 2025. 48V hybrids are significantly cheaper than the 110V BAS system assessed by the agencies in the rule. Variable compression ratio, another major development, will be in production by 2018. The costs of e-boost are higher than Miller cycle, but there are excellent synergies between e-boost and both Miller cycle and 48V hybrid systems. Overall, e-boost + 48V hybrid systems are expected to provide more than half of the benefits of a full hybrid system at less than half the cost, or a cost of $800–$1,400. They would also enable Miller cycle at no additional cost, resulting in roughly 20-25% reduction in fuel consumption at less than $1,400 compared to the agencies’ turbocharger estimates in the rulemaking, or roughly $35-$70 per percent fuel consumption reduction. The paper is the third in a series that the ICCT, in collaboration with automotive suppliers, is undertaking to profile and evaluate technological developments in engines, transmissions, vehicle body design and lightweighting, and other measures, with additional focus on costs, benefits and market penetration as well as consumer acceptance issues.


BERLIN and SHANGHAI, March 2, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --"Building the bridge between East and West", an exclusive ITB China preview event with more than 60 journalists from China and 15 other countries just kicked off today at the Jin Jiang Tower in Shanghai. Three months before the official opening of ITB China, the new marketplace for the Chinese travel industry, experienced industry professionals shared and discussed their point of view and insights on the Chinese travel industry. Among the distinguished speakers were: Dr Martin Buck, Senior VP Travel & Logistics at Messe Berlin said:" We are extremely delighted by the positive feedback on our new show from all over the world. ITB China already is, even before its world premiere, a great success." Three months to go before ITB China opens its doors at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Centre and the area of exhibition space is already completely sold out. From 10 to 12 May 2017 around 600 companies, destinations, organisations and travel service provider will be represented in China's new three-day business to business travel trade show. As ITB China's premiere is getting closer and closer, trade visitors can now start registering for ITB China 2017 online at Trade Visitor Registration  in order to meet with exhibitors from all over the world covering leisure, mice and corporate travel. Giving a preview on the global range of exhibitors the list of ITB China 2017 exhibitors is now available online under: Exhibitor Search. Attendees of ITB China 2017 can look forward to an exciting conference programme. The ITB China Conference is the platform where newest trends and innovation of Chinese and the global travel industry are presented. One of the highlights of Mr. Rungang Zhang, Vice-Chairman and Secretary General of CTA- China Tourism Association, China's biggest travel industry association. The impressive keynote line-up on the opening day of the Conference will be furthermore enriched by a keynote held by Mr. Friedrich Joussen, the CEO of TUI Group. An exclusive CEO interview of Ms. Jane Sun, CEO of Ctrip, will be held by the Founder of Phocuswright Inc., Mr. Philip Wolf providing in-depth insights on China's biggest online travel agency. ITB China introduces an exhibition area exlcusively dedicated to online travel and travel technology solutions: The eTravel World China. Globally renowned companies such as Amadeus, Expedia and Booking.com and many more are among the confirmed participants presenting their wide product range to ITB China's attendees. "China is one of the most important markets for Booking.com and we are absolutely delighted to be part of the first ever ITB China. We are looking forward to continuing to build new relationships with accomodation providers and offer value added such as Booking Suite, Travel Agents Tool to help our partners grow at a very competitive marketplace", said Anthony Lu, General Manager Partner Services China from Booking.com. The exhibtion segment is flanked by a dedicated Online Travel and Travel Technology Day (May 11) at ITB China Conference providing attendees with exclusive developments on this area. In addition, companies have the chance to present their newest travel solutions to the audience at destination showcase slots to be held at a separate on-floor presentation area. Europe is ITB China's partner destination and sets the focus on showcasing the variety of the continent's touristic products. A dedicated Europe Pavilion will feature a multitude of national presences paired with strong individual attendances of major European destinations. China Eastern Airlines, being one of China's top three airlines, is ITB China's official partner Airline and will be granting exclusive air fares to ITB China's attendees. The strong partner line-up is rounded up with the Jin Jiang International Hotels, one of the world's biggest hotel chains, being ITB China's official partner hotel will have its brands presented on the ITB China show floor. 600 hosted buyers coming from all over China plus 100 international trade buyers to be present at ITB China 2017 ITB China expects round about 600 hosted buyers. They are coming from all over the country to visit ITB China in Shanghai in May and represent more than 180 different Chinese companies eager to discover the product range of the show's exhibitors. The list of confirmed buyers companies contains some of China's biggest travel industry players, such as Ctrip, Caissa, Utour, Alitrip and many more. In addition, ITB China expects some 100 international trade buyers adding the event's buyers numbers up to around 700. First launched 50 years ago, ITB Berlin is recognised as the most successful trade show for the global travel industry. Some 10,000 exhibitors from more than 180 countries regularly attend this event. Every year in October for the last eight years Messe Berlin has successfully organised ITB Asia in Singapore. Boasting 760 exhibitors from 73 countries, ITB Asia in Singapore has established itself as one of the leading travel trade shows in Asia. As the second show in Asia, ITB China will take place in Shanghai, one of the leading industrial cities in the People's Republic of China, and with a population of around 23 million one of world's largest cities. In contrast to ITB Asia, which reflects tourism in Asia as a whole, ITB China focuses entirely on the Chinese travel market. About ITB China and the ITB China Conference ITB China 2017 will take place from Wednesday to Friday, 10 to 12 May, at the Shanghai World Expo Exhibition and Convention Centre. ITB China is a three-day business to business travel trade fair that focuses exclusively on the Chinese travel industry. The ITB China Conference will take place parallel with the show and is co-organised by the leading conference organiser TravelDaily (www.traveldaily.cn). More details are available at www.itb-china.com  Follow us on Wechat (Wechat ID: ITB-CN) Join the ITB China Group on LinkedIn. Become a fan of ITB China on Facebook You can find press releases on the internet in the Press section at www.itb-china.com


News Article | March 13, 2016
Site: phys.org

Another hands out the keycard to your room, and a third gives you the password to the wifi network. Robots are making an entry into the hospitality industry that has until now always prided itself on delivering a warm and personable touch. At an entrance to Berlin's exhibition hall where thousands of travel industry professionals are gathering for the ITB trade show, humanoid robot ChihiraKanae greets visitors—in English, German, Chinese and Japanese. Dressed in a blue jacket with a neck scarf, ChihiraKanae is on her first visit to Europe where she is seeking potential employment for herself and her kind. Three months ago, her "sister" began working as a meet-and-greeter in a Tokyo shopping centre. Their creator, Toshiba, also foresees a great future ahead for them in tourism. Mario has already found a job—at the Ghent Marriott Hotel in Belgium, where he has welcomed visitors since June. He is also multi-lingual, speaking 19 languages to be precise. On top of that, he helps with serving at hotel buffets, and entertains guests by singing and dancing. Unlike ChihiraKanae, Mario doesn't pretend to look like a human. Standing just 50 centimetres (1.6 foot) tall, Mario is white with red stripes, has speakers for ears and a total of just six fingers. But his employer is pleased with his work. He "puts a smile on everybody's face," said Roger Langhout, director general of the hotel, adding that "it's a good way to get people to remember our hotel". "We are still exploring the possibilities of Mario," he said, even if he acknowledges that humans can never be fully replaced by machines in the hotel business. Oxford University's Carl Benedikt Frey believes however that robots do have a big future in the industry. "In tourism, quite a few jobs remain non-automatable, like concierges or chefs," he said. "But a wide range of jobs are very much sustainable to automation," he added, suggesting that robots could work as waiters, dishwashers, tour guides or even chauffeurs. What is key is that they should do tasks that require only basic communication, he said. In fact, a survey of 6,000 travellers by US online bookings company Travelzoo found that two in three people are comfortable with seeing robots in the tourism industry. The Chinese are among the most enthusiastic, while the French and Germans are more reticent. Taleb Rifai, secretary general of the World Tourism Organization, said the industry should broaden its usage of technology and robots. "I would not put any limit on the use of technology or innovation in any hotel or tourism facility," he said. "As a matter of fact, we are way behind as a sector in the implementation of technology and the use of it. We were able to send a man to the moon long before we thought about adding wheels on a suitcase." If robots are still a nascent discovery in the industry, virtual reality (VR) has charmed operators. German high-tech association Bitkom said virtual reality is the technology that "perhaps has the greatest potential" in the travel industry. At several stands at the ITB fair, which runs until Sunday, guests could put on virtual reality glasses and escape the gloomy Berlin winter. In one case, you could lounge on a tropical terrace and watch elephants lumbering against the backdrop of the setting sun, while a waiter delivers a colourful cocktail. The hotel chain Cinnamon, which is active in the Maldives and Sri Lanka, is using the "new marketing tool" to allow potential visitors to get "closer to the product you see," said marketing director Dileep Mudadeniya. At the stand for southern Germany's Bavaria region, young women dressed in the traditional dirndl dress are also trying to tempt visitors to put on the glasses for a glimpse of its green meadows and snow-capped mountains. British tour operator Thomas Cook has been a pioneer in giving its clients a VR preview of adventure—a tour by helicopter above Manhattan. Professor Armin Brysch, from Kempten's Applied Sciences University in southern Germany, believes that VR is here to stay in the industry as it provides a "new quality of experience" that could entice people to book holidays in destinations that they may not have considered. But would people just opt to see the world from their armchairs? "To think that virtual reality could be used so that you stay at home and travel the world, it is not going to happen—I hope," he said. Explore further: Robots do check-in and check-out at cost-cutting Japan hotel


News Article | December 6, 2016
Site: www.prweb.com

National Geographic’s announcement of the finalists for the 2017 World Legacy Awards contained some very good news for Belize’s The Lodge at Chaa Creek and the local communities it supports while highlighting the value of sustainable tourism and responsible travel, The Belizean eco-resort’s owners said. A December 1 2016 National Geographic media release praised the finalists for “showing the way forward to a brighter future for people and the planet” by “driving the sustainable tourism transformation of the global travel industry,” an ongoing effort Mick and Lucy Fleming say has positive implications for the global travel industry as well as the future of the planet. “All of us, from my family to each of our 160 staff members were thrilled to hear that Chaa Creek has been selected as a finalist for the World Legacy Awards. They are certainly prestigious honours but, more importantly, the awards promote responsible travel and show the way forward in fostering an industry that opens the world’s natural beauty and culture to travellers in ways that actually benefit the environment and people. “Responsible travel is something we deeply believe in, especially in regards to bringing people together and benefitting communities, so to be selected as one of three examples worldwide in our category is as humbling as it is exciting,” Ms Fleming said. The Lodge at Chaa Creek joins Thailand’s Andaman Discoveries and Chambok Community Based Eco Tourism/Mlup Baitong in Cambodia as the three finalists in the “Engaging Communities” category of the awards. Costas Christ, National Geographic Traveller Editor at large and the awards’ chairman, said “With the United Nations Declaration of 2017 as ‘The International Year of Sustainable Tourism Development’, there is growing excitement about the transformation of the global travel and tourism industry in positive ways for people and the planet,” and identified the question of “How far can we take sustainable tourism practices to usher in a brighter travel future?” as the year’s most important topic. The 2017 World Legacy Award (WLA) finalists are “part of this innovative travel transformation,” he said. An initiative of National Geographic and ITB Berlin created to honour companies, organisations and travel destinations driving this transformation, the awards are based on “three key pillars of sustainable tourism, including environmentally friendly operations, protection of natural and cultural heritage, and support for the wellbeing of local communities,” according to the organisation’s website. The judges selected three finalists for each of five categories: “Earth Changers”, “Sense of Place”, “Conserving the Natural World”, “Engaging Communities” and “Destination Leadership.” Chaa Creek placed in the Engaging Communities category that recognises “direct and tangible economic and social benefits that improve local livelihoods, including training and capacity building, fair wages and benefits, community development, health care, and education.” The Flemings said they were particularly pleased that Chaa Creek stood out in this category, as it reflects over 35 years of working with local villages, communities and schools to ensure that all Belizeans and not just tourists and the travel industry benefitted from Belize’s dramatic growth as a tourism destination. “It’s almost become a cliché to say that people are our most important asset, but we’ve always known that to be true. Belize is blessed with some of the most stunning natural beauty in the world, but at the end of the day it’s the people who make living in and visiting Belize such a wonderful experience. Mick and I always recognised that, and always felt it important to contribute and give something back to the people and local communities that we’ve had such a close bond with all these years,” Ms Fleming said. In recognising Chaa Creek, National Geographic noted, “Belize’s pioneer eco-resort demonstrates that putting local people first benefits employees, villages, and its own bottom line. The Lodge provides economic benefits to community projects across the nation, directing 10 percent of all room revenue to support social and environmental programs. “The Lodge sponsors an Environmental Outreach Program, a free Eco-Kids summer camp, a secondary school scholarship program, and internships for local high school and college students. Guests see traditional agriculture in action at the Lodge's organic farm, shop at riverside villages on canoe trips, and take craft and cooking classes at women's cooperatives. As a major employer, the Lodge has gained a stronger voice in influencing national policies to embrace sustainable tourism best practices,” the judges noted. Located within a 400-acre private nature reserve with accommodations ranging from luxury suites to a rustic Macal River Camp, amenities that include a restaurant and lounge featuring organic farm-to-table dining, an internationally recognised Hilltop Spa, Belize Natural History museum and activities such as horseback, mountain bike riding and nature walks along an extensive trail system winding though a jungle containing 70 recorded ancient Maya archaeological sites and temple, Chaa Creek, starting life as the Fleming’s small family farm, has grown to become a major employer and trainer that supports the economy and culture of local villages and communities. Ms Fleming said that bond with local communities was integral to how the eco-resort developed and has been key to Chaa Creek’s success “In one way it feels funny being recognised for just doing what comes naturally, but on the other hand, we’re honoured if we can serve as a model for other resorts and the industry. We like to show that working closely with communities, especially in a developing nation like Belize, is not only intrinsically and morally right, but provides tangible benefits for everyone involved. “That, to me, is a very clear example of the value of sustainable tourism and responsible travel,” Ms Fleming said. The World Legacy Awards winners will be announced at an international gala ceremony sponsored by National Geographic and ITB Berlin to be held 8 March 2017 in Berlin, and the Flemings said they'll be in attendance to represent Chaa Creek and Belize. “Considering the quantity, quality and calibre of organisations and even entire cities and countries who nominated for these awards, being announced as one of the finalists is one of the highlights of our lives. Chaa Creek has been fortunate to receive many accolades and awards over the years, and this recognition, as a reflection on our entire staff and the communities we serve, is one that Mick, myself, our son and daughter and extended family will always treasure,” Ms Fleming said. The Lodge at Chaa Creek is a multi award winning eco resort set within a 400-acre private nature reserve along the banks of the Macal River in Belize.


News Article | March 10, 2016
Site: news.yahoo.com

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chihira Kanae is greeting visitors to the world's biggest travel fair in Berlin this week, answering questions and guiding people in the right direction. But one passer by's attempt to ask her out for dinner is met with silence. That's because Chihira Kanae, despite her lifelike features and long brown hair, is a robot, the third version of a robot in human form developed by Toshiba and can only answer pre-programmed questions. She was joined at the ITB fair on Thursday by another robot host Mario, a small red and white robot made by French Aldebaran Robotics, showing how they might be put to use in the travel industry, such as checking in hotel guests. "The point is to make people smile and give them a unique experience. It's not to take the place of employees," Fabrice Goffin, co-founder of QBMT whose software powers Mario, told Reuters at the fair. The Marriott hotel in Ghent has been trialling Mario, using him to hand out room keys, high-five guests and liven up meetings held in the hotel by reading out presentations. Marriott was keen to stress that Mario will not replace any human staff. "For now it's a great add-on service," Roger Langhout, general manager of the Marriot in Ghent, said. Airline KLM is also testing a guide robot, Spencer, to help passengers navigate their way through Amsterdam's Schiphol airport, one of Europe's largest hubs. A survey of travelers across Britain, France, Spain, Germany, Canada, Brazil, Japan, the U.S. and China, done by online travel and entertainment deals site Travelzoo showed that 80 percent of consumers expected robots to play a big part in their lives before 2020. However, the survey also showed people still wanted the human touch when on holiday and in certain countries, such as Germany and France, consumers were more skeptical. "Consumers still want humans in the picture, as otherwise there is a genuine fear that cultural nuances, humor and irony will be missed and the holiday experience could become too impersonal," Richard Singer, Travelzoo's European president, said. Best Western CEO David Kong said robots were an interesting area but the technology had to be more useful, such as for cleaning rooms. "If it's just a cutting-edge cool idea, maybe it won't survive."


Receive press releases from eRevMax Inc.: By Email Berlin, Germany, February 25, 2017 --( “Thanks to eRevMax we managed to find a solid partner in HotelREZ, which suits all our GDS distribution needs and then some. The seamless integration of the two systems and the excellent support offered by both eRevMax and HotelREZ allows me to focus on revenue management and our day to day business,” said Mihai Cucu, Revenue & Operations Manager, Hotel Otto, Germany. Hotel Otto has been using RateTiger Channel Manager to make real-time rate and availability updates across all its online sales channels. eRevMax’s XML interface made it possible for the hotel to connect to HotelREZ smoothly for its GDS distribution needs. “Our partnership with eRevMax has allowed Hotel Otto to smoothly connect to HotelREZ’s own HO chain code on the GDS, giving them access to hundreds of new preferred consortia and TMC partnerships worldwide. The seamless integration and certified connectivity between our two systems minimizes disruption during the switch over process and ensures mutual hotel customers are able to distribute real-time rates and inventory to a range of new booker markets on the GDS,” said Catt McLeod, Director of Strategic Partnerships, HotelREZ® Ltd. eRevMax has continuously invested in building a robust infrastructure to provide hoteliers with uninterrupted service offering 2-way XML connectivity with over 300 online channels and partners. The company’s product offering – RateTiger, RTConnect and LIVE OS, assists hotels in their online distribution needs for driving better results. eRevMax will be showcasing its innovative solutions at ITB Berlin - Hall 8.1, Stand 132 from 8 – 11 March 2017. About eRevMax: eRevMax is a travel technology company that assists hotels to maximise online revenue opportunities through real-time distribution, market intelligence and connectivity solutions. The company provides specifically tailored solutions within its core product brands – RateTiger, RTConnect and LIVE OS. RateTiger product suite offers the industry’s leading ChannelManager for online distribution, Shopper for rate benchmarking. RTConnect provides seamless 2-way XML integration of channel management functionality with the hotel’s central systems. LIVE OS offers hotels a single sign-on platform to access multiple applications, while offering technology partners a chance to get in front of hotels allowing greater distribution of promotional opportunities. eRevMax is working closely with over 300 certified channel and technology partners helping over 9000 hotels worldwide to increase revenue opportunities and streamline business processes. Berlin, Germany, February 25, 2017 --( PR.com )-- eRevMax continues to lead as a hotel connectivity expert by facilitating meaningful integration between its hotel clients and demand partners. The company recently provided a seamless solution to its long term client Hotel Otto Berlin by connecting them to HotelREZ Hotels & Resorts for GDS distribution.“Thanks to eRevMax we managed to find a solid partner in HotelREZ, which suits all our GDS distribution needs and then some. The seamless integration of the two systems and the excellent support offered by both eRevMax and HotelREZ allows me to focus on revenue management and our day to day business,” said Mihai Cucu, Revenue & Operations Manager, Hotel Otto, Germany.Hotel Otto has been using RateTiger Channel Manager to make real-time rate and availability updates across all its online sales channels. eRevMax’s XML interface made it possible for the hotel to connect to HotelREZ smoothly for its GDS distribution needs.“Our partnership with eRevMax has allowed Hotel Otto to smoothly connect to HotelREZ’s own HO chain code on the GDS, giving them access to hundreds of new preferred consortia and TMC partnerships worldwide. The seamless integration and certified connectivity between our two systems minimizes disruption during the switch over process and ensures mutual hotel customers are able to distribute real-time rates and inventory to a range of new booker markets on the GDS,” said Catt McLeod, Director of Strategic Partnerships, HotelREZ® Ltd.eRevMax has continuously invested in building a robust infrastructure to provide hoteliers with uninterrupted service offering 2-way XML connectivity with over 300 online channels and partners. The company’s product offering – RateTiger, RTConnect and LIVE OS, assists hotels in their online distribution needs for driving better results.eRevMax will be showcasing its innovative solutions at ITB Berlin - Hall 8.1, Stand 132 from 8 – 11 March 2017.About eRevMax: eRevMax is a travel technology company that assists hotels to maximise online revenue opportunities through real-time distribution, market intelligence and connectivity solutions. The company provides specifically tailored solutions within its core product brands – RateTiger, RTConnect and LIVE OS.RateTiger product suite offers the industry’s leading ChannelManager for online distribution, Shopper for rate benchmarking. RTConnect provides seamless 2-way XML integration of channel management functionality with the hotel’s central systems. LIVE OS offers hotels a single sign-on platform to access multiple applications, while offering technology partners a chance to get in front of hotels allowing greater distribution of promotional opportunities.eRevMax is working closely with over 300 certified channel and technology partners helping over 9000 hotels worldwide to increase revenue opportunities and streamline business processes. Click here to view the list of recent Press Releases from eRevMax Inc.


News Article | October 28, 2016
Site: www.prweb.com

JBKnowledge, makers of SmartInsight, an online construction network for searching, selecting and verifying contractors, has released SmartInsight Premium. The enhanced version of SmartInsight offers expanded features for its general contractor, subcontractor, supplier, owner, developer and other users. Any construction business can join SmartInsight at no cost to centralize their data, search the global contractor network for partners and connect to request project and prequel information. SmartInsight Premium aims to reduce the amount of time and effort it takes construction companies to find, share and verify contractor information for qualification and compliance. With added functionality beyond SmartInsight’s Basic users, the new SmartInsight Premium allows users to: access key company contact information, enhance their public profile, expand their networking reach, request customized information, reports and much more. “It was easy and fast to sign up, and within a few days I was receiving ITB’s & RFP’s--I love the ease of use of SmartInsight and how many ITB’s from general contractors it has produced. Due to the integration with SmartBid and SmartInsight’s superior networking capabilities, our project workload has noticeably increased,” stated SmartInsight user, Jeff Stanley, from NorthWest Tile. In addition to these premium functionalities, SmartInsight also integrates with a powerful array of solutions to help construction businesses connect and maintain the highest quality database of contractors possible. SmartInsight now offers integrations for users to asses risk of potential partners by generating credit, financial and operating reports via Marsh SubSecure, Dun & Bradstreet, and COVReports. Construction companies can learn more and explore the SmartInsight network by creating a profile, at no cost. Contractors also have the option to try out the SmartInsight Premium offering for 30-days at no cost after creating a profile. JBKnowledge develops web, mobile and wearable technology solutions for construction and insurance. JBKnowledge is the maker of the SmartBid commercial construction bid software, SmartCompliance certificate of insurance and compliance management software, SmartReality augmented and virtual reality mobile app for construction project visualization, and the SmartInsight construction network for searching, selecting and verifying contractors. JBKnowledge offers a range of professional services to help companies transform their technology solutions including: IT Staff Augmentation; Strategic Consulting; Enterprise Application and Software Development; Mobile and Wearable Applications; Research and Development Outsourcing; and BIM Services. JBKnowledge is based in Bryan/College Station, TX, and serves construction clients on an international basis. Learn more at jbknowledge.com


Industry veterans introduce disruptive solutions to solve broken system of room assignments and distribution complexities at the World's Leading Travel Trade Show® SANTA CRUZ, CA--(Marketwired - February 28, 2017) - Attendees at this year's ITB Berlin will be introduced to the latest cutting-edge innovations from hospitalityPulse™, a leading provider of next-generation technology solutions for the hotel industry. hospitalityPulse will be showcasing a range of products that decrease operational costs, increase guest satisfaction and help hoteliers drive incremental revenues including roomPulse™, PulseLink™, PulseQueue™, PulseMobile™ and FIRE™. The event, which takes place from March 8th to 12th, is recognized as the global travel industry's leading trade show and convention attracting over 10,000 companies from 187 countries and 180,000 visitors. "ITB provides us with an excellent opportunity to share the exciting things we're developing in the hotel technology space," said Pierre Boettner, CEO of hospitalityPulse. "We are setting out to solve two of the most significant problems in the lodging industry; room assignment on-property and the inherent deficiencies related to the distribution of rooms and what guests receive upon arrival at the hotel. We are thrilled to launch FIRE and look forward to introducing all of our game-changing solutions to the global travel community." hospitalityPulse is a visionary company founded in 2013 by hospitality industry veterans and technologists with a passion for fixing the costly and troublesome issues plaguing hotels and their guests. Their flagship solution, roomPulse, is a revolutionary cloud solution engineered to ensure hoteliers assign rooms based on reservation requirements and room availabilities, resulting in more optimal upgrades being granted to the right guests. The highlight of the show will be the unveiling of the company's latest innovation FIRE (Feature Inventory Response Engine). Developed to combat distribution issues, FIRE uses predictive future room assignments to ensure what guests are offered to book online, also is what they can expect to receive when they arrive at the hotel. Communication with the property based system using roomPulse enables the booking path to be highly personalized to each guest, allowing them to select the relevant room type, room attributes and features they want, providing competitive differentiation from other hotel booking experiences currently dominating the market. ITB attendees and media are invited to come by Hall 8.1 booth 124a to meet with the hospitalityPulse team and view live demos of the innovative platform. hospitalityPulse was designed by hotel technology and operations veterans tackling one of the most difficult problems hotels are facing: room assignment and its direct effect on guest satisfaction. Our patent-pending optimization algorithms, combined with an intuitive user interface enable hoteliers to assign the optimal room for every guest, every time, with consistent efficiency. Using the multi-dimensional FIRE engine, hoteliers can rely on providing the booker with the trueAvailability™ of room and feature combinations on the dates selected. roomPulse dynamically optimizes each room assignment in real time, all the time. Visit us at www.hospitalitypulse.com.


News Article | October 28, 2016
Site: co.newswire.com

SnapShot Analytics, a new, essential tool for any hotel management team, will be presented to the public at ITB Berlin, the global travel industry's leading trade show.


News Article | February 18, 2017
Site: www.prlog.org

Independent Swiss hospitality expert, Dr. Daniel G. Fuchs, is pleased to announce, that he will represent Koh Samui's Beach Republic at ITB Berlin

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