Four apps helping hospitality businesses provide socially distanced services

31-8-2020

  • Guest blog about socially distanced services by UKWebHostReview - app Criton
  • Guest blog about socially distanced services by UKWebHostReview - app Attractions.io
  • Guest blog about socially distanced services by UKWebHostReview - app Wavetec Safe Q
  • Guest blog about socially distanced services by UKWebHostReview - app Wi-Q

In the last few months, we’ve seen entire countries pausing day-to-day activities, shops and stores closing down and millions of people forced to work from home. But as infection rates in some countries slow down, people are starting to ask ‘how can we return to business?’. The question facing many hospitality businesses as they transition to the re-opening phase is how they can provide socially distanced services, in line with guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO) and local and national governments, who are tasked with keeping us safe.

A guest blog by Georgie Peru, a Content Contributor for UKWebHostReview. She is passionate about sharing her enthusiasm for technology through her content writing work, with a mission to help others learn and understand what makes the digital world so successful. She shows us four of the best apps that can be helpful to create socially distanced services in hospitality.

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Trends we spotted | Week 35

28-8-2020

  • trends we spotted this week

At horecatrends.com or hospitalitytrends.eu we spot many national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write about, the other trends we use in our weekly column ‘Trends we spotted this week’.

With this week, a link to an article about the changing view on hospitality due to the pandemic, apps are getting more and more important. But also a campaign by Airbnb in the USA to offer online experiences at home, led by artists around the world.

Great design for the new Starbucks location in the Circles Ginza Building in Tokyo, it features a ‘Smart Lounge’ to work in! And are you a member of a book club that had to stop meeting because of the pandemic? Check out the online ‘Words & Wines’ book club!

Just Salad is the first U.S. restaurant chain that carbon labelled its menu. London has a the first float-in cinema in the UK and in the V&A museum an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ exhibit will open March 2021, fall down the rabbit hole! 

A glimpse inside the new Felix Roasting Co., known for its specialty coffee (like theespresso tonic’ and the hickory-smoked s’mores latte), at 104 Green Street in SoHo!

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THE TOKYO TOILET Project | Transforming 17 public toilets in Shibuya

27-8-2020

  • The TOKYO TOILET Ebisu(Katayama) - credits Satoshi Nagare, provided by The Nippon Foundation
  • The TOKYO TOILET Ebisu(Katayama) - credits Satoshi Nagare, provided by The Nippon Foundation
  • The TOKYO TOILET Ebisu-higashi(Maki) - credits Satoshi Nagare, provided by The Nippon Foundation
  • The TOKYO TOILET Ebisu-higashi(Maki) - credits Satoshi Nagare, provided by The Nippon Foundation
  • The TOKYO TOILET Haruno-ogawa(Ban) - credits Satoshi Nagare, provided by The Nippon Foundation
  • The TOKYO TOILET Haruno-ogawa(Ban) - credits Satoshi Nagare, provided by The Nippon Foundation
  • The TOKYO TOILET Yoyogi-Fukamachi(Ban) - credits Satoshi Nagare, provided by The Nippon Foundation
  • The TOKYO TOILET Higashi Sanchome(Tamura) - credits Satoshi Nagare, provided by The Nippon Foundation

The Nippon Foundation has launched THE TOKYO TOILET project to build public toilets that can be used by anyone. The project will build new toilets at 17 locations in Shibuya, Tokyo, as a way of moving toward the realization of a society that embraces diversity. Some toilets have been available for use by the general public since August 5.

A great project concerning public toilets which most people always try to avoid using! We wonder whether this project can make a difference and if it does, who’s going to create ‘Toilet projects’ in the rest of the world? It might be a great sponsoring project for design and architectural firms in collaboration with city councils and a cleaning company.

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NICE DAY | A new Chinese takeout restaurant in New York

25-8-2020

  • Nice Day - a new Chinese takeout concept in New York City
  • @eatniceday - shake shake shrimp box
  • @eatniceday - dumplings
  • @eatniceday - general tsos chicken
  • @eatniceday - shrimp lo mein
  • @eatniceday - fried rice
  • @eatniceday - chicken wings

The restaurant group behind the Chinese fast-casual mini-chain Junzi Kitchen is launching a new Chinese takeout restaurant NICE DAY at 170 Bleecker St, New York City, bringing beloved American-Chinese food back from their modern kitchen and with an easy online ordering system. Nested within junzi kitchen’s Greenwich Village location, NICE DAY will serve as a pop-up and act as an updated model of traditional Chinese takeout restaurants, where the dishes such as Kung Pao Chicken and Mapo Tofu will pay homage to the classic American-Chinese flavours that have earned rave reviews for generations.

Great initiative by the Junzi restaurant group to revitalize the American – Chinese dining. As the traditional Chinese restaurants in the Netherlands are facing exactly the same problem, NICE DAY might be an inspiration for those Chinese entrepreneurs who are willing to adapt to a more modern concept of the Chinese cuisine. 

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Trends we spotted | Week 34

24-8-2020

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At horecatrends.com or hospitalitytrends.eu we spot many national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write about, the other trends we use in our weekly column ‘Trends we spotted this week’.

This week, among other links to articles about healthy, immunity boosting shots whose popularity are growing rapidly. And we spotted a new environmentally friendly bentobox made from cocoa been peels which looks great for high end take-away meals!

For those who want to visit a corona-proof cinema, the ice cream company Blue Bunny created a food truck with outdoor movie screen! We would love to see a food truck like that next summer in the Netherlands!

We spotted a lot of new hard seltzers on the Dutch market this summer, with the latest addition, White Claw from the USA! Coca Cola will also release a Hard-Seltzer in the USA and we even spotted a Cannabis infused hard seltzer by Rebel Coast Winery.

In Seattle citizenM opened a new hotel, with a link to images at the website of concrete Amsterdam.  And we spotted another opening: the Sour Patch Kids store that will soon open for all candy lovers in New York!

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Trends we spotted | Week 31

30-7-2020

  • trends we spotted this week

At horecatrends.com or hospitalitytrends.eu we spot many national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write about, the other trends we use in our weekly column ‘Trends we spotted this week’.

This week, among other links to articles about the Robot Rosé that delivers wine to your room at hotel Trio in California and about a sustainable wine bottle made for 94% out of paper.

Select Palladium Hotel Group properties in the U.S.A. offer free medical insurance to guests and The new Tony’s Chocolonely Super Store is located in the heart of Amsterdam at the Beurs Building. With a video of the theme park they’re developing!

Pentatonic is a design and technology company that makes purpose from waste, they created furniture and textiles out of store waste for Starbucks and last year they created the Burger King Meltdown in the UK.

 We spotted a new hotel brand: the LyvInn, an extended-stay and transient hospitality concept and initial locations for this brand include Amsterdam. And an interesting read about apps trying to solve the surplus, here in the Netherlands we know ‘Too good to go’ but for example the app Karma makes an extra effort to prevent products going to waste.

For those living in London: there are about 45 Michelin star restaurants where you can eat out and pay partly with the ‘Eat Out To Help Out’ discount.

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Trends we spotted | Week 30

24-7-2020

  • trends we spotted this week

At horecatrends.com or hospitalitytrends.eu we spot many national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write about, the other trends we use in our weekly column ‘Trends we spotted this week’.

This week, among other links to articles about the ultimate post-lockdown party at East Asian Kitchen & Bar Lan Kwai Fong in london and ‘Cinéma sur l’Eau’ in Paris.

In the Chicago area, the fast food brand white Castle will start testing their Flippy ROAR (ROAR stand for Robot On A Rail) and in London at Fitzpark we spotted the parklets, created by Arup.  A high quality temporary space!

The Indian company Techmax Solution created a touchless elevator panel to fight against COVID-19 and in Stockholm a developer has made a new social distancing app for drinkers, called Byevid, it will help people track pub crowds in real time.

The Dutch solar designer Marjan van Aubel has introduced solar panels that look as if they are made from stained glass, as part of The Netherlands’ pavilion for the World Expo 2021 in Dubai. And IKEA will start selling their Swedish plant-bases meatballs this summer.      

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Meat of the future | Lab-grown KFC nuggets?

21-7-2020

  • KFC creates Meat of the future

KFC in Russia is taking the next step in its innovative concept of creating a ‘restaurant of the future’ by launching the development of innovative 3D bioprinting technology to create chicken meat in cooperation with the 3D Bioprinting Solutions research laboratory. The idea of ​​crafting the ‘meat of the future’ arose among partners in response to the growing popularity of a healthy lifestyle and nutrition, the annual increase in demand for alternatives to traditional meat and the need to develop more environmentally friendly methods of food production. The project aims to create the world’s first laboratory-produced chicken nuggets. They will be as close as possible in both taste and appearance to the original KFC product, while being more environmentally friendly to produce than ordinary meat. Receiving a final product for testing is already planned for this fall (2020) in Moscow.

Back in 2018 we wrote about JUST Meat and JUST Egg. JUST Meat was creating nuggets from chicken cells as well. At this moment we can only trace back JUST Egg so we think they didn’t have the means to stay in business till their product was approved. Lots of scientists believed this meat created from a single cell is one of the solutions for the environmental problems we are addressing at this moment. They also believe lab-grown meat will hit the market in the coming 5 years.

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The Tasting Room | Offline flagship store of webshop Our Daily Bottle

20-7-2020

  • The Tasting Room by our daily bottle credits by Kantoor Kontent
  • The Tasting Room by our daily bottle credits by Kantoor Kontent
  • The Tasting Room by our daily bottle credits by Kantoor Kontent
  • The Tasting Room by our daily bottle credits by Kantoor Kontent
  • The Tasting Room by our daily bottle credits by Kantoor Kontent
  • The Tasting Room by our daily bottle credits by Kantoor Kontent

On Thursday July 16, 2020 web shop ‘Our Daily Bottle’ opened the doors of their unique hybrid retail wine concept ‘The Tasting Room’ on the Vlaamsekaai in Antwerp. The Tasting Room is the brand new offline showroom and flagship of digital innovator ‘Our Daily Bottle’: a successful start-up web store with wine subscriptions. Entrepreneur Isabeau Sas, the driving force behind both concepts, challenges the traditional retail and skilfully responds to a combination of online and offline by focusing on the wine experience.

Great concept to visit as a wine lover if you go to Antwerp! It’s the first online wine shop we spotted making this move but here in Europe we even spot big online brands creating offline experience shops, like for example Coolblue here in the Netherlands.

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Diageo announces creation of world’s first ever 100% plastic free paper-based spirits bottle

17-7-2020

  • 100% plastic free paper-based spirits bottle for Johnnie Walker by Diageo

Diageo, makers of Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff and Guinness, has today announced that it has created the world’s first ever 100% plastic free paper-based spirits bottle, made entirely from sustainably sourced wood. The bottle will debut with Johnnie Walker, the world’s number one Scotch Whisky, in early 2021.

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NONA June | Gin-Tonic without hangover

16-7-2020

  • NONA June, non-alcoholische drankje
  • NONA June, non-alcoholische drankje
  • NONA June, non-alcoholische drankje
  • French N°9 cocktail met de non-alcoholische NONA June
  • NONA Collins cocktail met de non-alcoholische NONA June
  • NONA tonic met de non-alcoholische NONA June

Gin & Tonic: It is arguably the most popular drink of the last couple of years. Just a pity that the alcohol percentage is so high that the next day you need a lot of aspirin, a fleece blanket, a sofa and about ten hours of Netflix to overcome the hangover. There are plenty of non-alcoholic spirits for sale, but none really taste like pure gin, according to the makers of NONA June. “That could be differently,’’ thought the Charlotte a bio-engineer from Ghent (Belgium), and she created NONA June, which is an alcohol-free gin that cannot be distinguished from the real gin. The Kicker? Charlotte only allowed herself to launch NONA June after the approval and support of renowned sommeliers and chefs.

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Trends we spotted | Week 29

16-7-2020

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Here in the Netherlands it looks like we control the #Covid-19 outbreak and we’re trying to get used to the new normal. We wish all those living in areas where all the measurements against the pandemic are still in place to stay healthy and take care of each other.

At horecatrends.com or hospitalitytrends.eu we spot many national and international trends on a daily basis. We pick the most interesting ones to write about, the other trends we use in our weekly column ‘Trends we spotted this week’.

This week, among other links to articles about the opening of the Brooklyn Dumpling Shop, an automated dumpling shop which is offering the first ‘Zero Human Interaction (Z.H.I.)’ restaurant experience ! And Phoenix Arizona will open the first Atari hotel with a video game theme.

Design and innovation firm Teague has developed a way to create an “air curtain” around each passenger for in plains. And at the Seaside Finolhu hotel you can book a ‘Beach Bubble’ on a small island at the Maldives! Sounds like the perfect getaway during the Covid-19 pandemic, although you might need the ‘air curtain’ during the flight to the Maldives!

The Chinese hotel chain Leyeju is perfect place for staying, taking into account the coronavirus. The hotel employs just two members of staff, it operates with an entirely automated experience. Both hotel chains Virgin Hotels and CitizenM also offer ‘contactless stays’ through their apps.

At Cakeland Gallery in Los Angeles, the exhibit called The Beauty War, will open this Friday, July 17,  reservations by appointment only and the exhibit will be on view until December 31, 2020.

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Makeen Technologies | Latest mobile app development trends

14-7-2020

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  • Makeen Technologies

This is a guest blog by Makeen Technologies from the U.S. with their thoughts on cloud computing, user engagement, wearable tech, mobile payments, in-app marketing, app security and HTML5. With their thoughts on the future; “Developers are shifting toward a future governed by user experience, mobile payment, and hybrid technologies that reach across platforms. Current and future app development will be in part tested by its ability to incorporate cloud computing, m-commerce, and mobile advertising into its arsenal. While you may not be able to include these trends into your current development alone, you can find the right team to implement them for you.” Makeen Technologies is a leading global provider of end-to-end technology solutions.

A guest blog that might enable hospitality entrepreneurs to stay up-to-date with the latest trends in the mobile landscape. 

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Net zero energy-designed McDonald’s restaurant at the Walt Disney World Resort

14-7-2020

  • The net zero energy-designed McDonald's restaurant at Walt Disney World Resort
  • This is how McDonald's created their net zero energy-designed restaurant at Walt Disney World Resort
  • This is how McDonald's created their net zero energy-designed restaurant at Walt Disney World Resort
  • This is how McDonald's created their net zero energy-designed restaurant at Walt Disney World Resort

What if a restaurant could generate all its own power from renewable energy? McDonald’s has completed construction of a first-of-its-kind restaurant designed to do just that – create enough renewable energy on-site to cover 100% of its energy needs on a net annual basis. Their global flagship restaurant will serve as a learning hub for McDonald’s to test solutions for reducing energy and water use, a testament to the company’s ongoing commitment to sustainable innovation.

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Virtual influencer as brand ambassador for Postillion Hotels

7-7-2020

  • Erik-Jan Ginjaar, algemeen directeur Postillion Hotels & Esther Olofsson

Early 2021, Postillion Hotels will be the first Dutch hotel chain to enter into a long-term partnership with Esther Olofsson, the first virtual influencer in the Netherlands. This starts at the occasion of the opening of their new hotel in the World Trade Center (WTC) Rotterdam. Olofsson is fully computer generated and created by communication agency RauwCC. As a brand ambassador made from bits and bytes, she is prominent at the festive unveiling and opening of the new Postillion hotel and will be available as the most trusted city guide for hotel guests 24/7.

You can follow Esther Olofsson on her Instagram account, in addition, a complete profile of Esther has been compiled. For example: she was ‘born’ in Malmö, Sweden, is 29 years old and has lived in Rotterdam since 2019. Just like a real-life influencer, Esther works with local entrepreneurs and on behalf of brands that match her character and taste!

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