In 2018 we see the following hotel trends developing, and they develop fast!

 width=1. SMART ROOMS
According to Tnooz.com, almost 5,000 rooms at Wynn Las Vegas are already voice-activated via Amazon Echo and Hilton is beta testing its first mobile-centric hotel room. Guests can use their phones to control temperature, lightning, blinds, thermostat and TVs with just a tap on their phones. Marriott is also soft-launching “Internet of Things rooms”, offering services like mirrors with on-demand yoga tutorials and digital frames to upload friends and family photos during one’s stay. [see Knitec echo for hotels]

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2. GUEST EXPERIENCE
The quest to make media as easy to access as it is at home has been around all 2017. Look for it to get even easier in 2018. Hotels and vendors are working to rid the process of roadblocks and learning curve so guests can simply enjoy. They want to bring in their own content and it will be easier than ever [see Knitec streaming solutions]

 width=3. HOTELS AND ART
According to travelmarketreport.com, many hotels like Main Street Hospitality operate in locations across the street from museums and work closely with these destinations. Not just museums, hotels will also tie into academic and other institutions as part of the move toward finding experiences. These experiences can influence your theme or decor with moving art and changing displays [see Knitec hotel art tech]

4. WIRELESS CHARGING
For years, the lack of consistent adoption of wireless charging standards in devices has made it risky to invest in wireless charging products according to hotelmanagement.net. Apple joined the Wireless Power Consortium and added Qi charging to all of its new phones. This means any new advanced smartphone is Qi wireless charging compatible. Hotels can now safely make investments in charging products in guest rooms or public spaces knowing that they won’t find themselves on the wrong side of a standards war. Wireless Qi charging is here to stay and don’t be surprised if smartphones have no external wired ports in a few years.[see Knitec wireless chargers]

 width=5. ROBOTICS
According to hospitalitytech.com, A robot as the hotel mascot is already happening. In fact 22% of hotels in their study said robots have real potential in this industry. Relay robotic concierge from Savioke (www.savioke.com) was named first runner-up “Most Innovative Hospitality Technology” at HTNG’s 2016 TechOvation Awards. Relay autonomously delivers amenities to guest rooms, and the technology is already being used at select Aloft Hotels (www.aloft.com). In a similar move, Hilton Worldwide (www.hiltonworldwide.com) has teamed with IBM (www.ibm.com) to pilot its robot concierge, “Connie.” Connie uses cognitive technology to process information as it interacts with guests, enabling it to adapt and improve recommendations as it learns. [see Knitec relay robots]

6. SECURITY
With an increase of wireless connectivity approaching hotels, it goes without question that security will be more aggressive in the coming year. This need for added security is so important that we are excited to see where it leads. Not only online security like passwords, but also protecting devices that may store your info like laptops and data.[see Knitec custom safes]

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