Trends we spotted | Week 16
At horecatrends.com 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 links to articles about amongst others a blog by Deliverect about how environmental friendly take-out and delivery options are important for guests’ ordering decisions. And inspiration for sustainable building: the wooden Rocket&Tigeli building will stand 328 feet tall when it is completed in 2026.
Valpas is a Finnish startup that helps dozens of luxury hotels combat bedbugs in an unlikely way. And Space tourism company Space Perspective has revealed the interior design for its lounge-style travel capsule, which will be hauled into the stratosphere by a giant balloon.
Saudi Arabia has unveiled plans for its first-ever all-year-round ski resort — a futuristic, luxury super-project ensconced in the mountains of the desert kingdom which will be 33 times the size of New York City. And Emirates Airlines will launch NFT’s and experiences in the Metaverse.
We spotted a Starbucks all-you-can-eat buffet at the Starbucks Reserve Ginza Marronnier-dori store in Japan. And we never heard of the Taco Bell’s Mexican Pizza but it makes its long-awaited return in May!
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Blog about how environmentally friendly take-out and delivery options are important for your guests’ ordering decisions
A blog on the website of Deliverect (online orders simplified) about the most important findings on the wishes of consumers regarding sustainability. The results come from a survey that research bureau Censuswide conducted among 7,000 consumers worldwide on behalf of Deliverect. And since it’s Earth Day when we post the link to this article on 22 April and of course the increasing urgency behind climate action anyway, it’s an interesting blog to share with you. Read the whole blog in the link in the title, below a few striking results from the research:
- Offer sustainable options – because consumers are willing to pay more. Almost half (43%) are willing to pay more for takeaways in restaurants that have visible sustainability practices.
- Be transparent in your sustainability processes: 66% feel it’s important that restaurants are open about their practices to limit food waste.
- Food waste: 73% said that having accurate portion sizes to avoid food waste is important to them, and 68% feel takeaway restaurants should have precautions in place to avoid unnecessary food waste.
- 63% of consumers believe having sustainable packaging (plant-based/non-plastic/compostable) is important to them.
They also published some tips in the blog!
The wooden Rocket&Tigeli building will stand 328 feet tall when it is completed in 2026
Some sustainable inspiration for sustainable building: the Rocket&Tigeli building in Winterthur, Switzerland. Architecture firm Schmidt Hammer Lassen is responsible for the design, which will be built over the next four years. When it’s completed in 2026, the structure will stand as the world’s tallest residential tower with a load-bearing structure made of timber, exceeding the height of the current record holder, Norway’s 280-foot Mjøstårnet building. More in the article at Robb Report, link in the title. Last October we wrote about the sustainable De Halo building in San Francisco made of Cross-Laminated Timber (CLT) and the HAUT building in Amsterdam.
Luxury Hotels turn to unlikely tech to fight bedbugs
Valpas, a Finnish startup that helps dozens of luxury hotels combat bedbugs, is telling investors it’s built a better trap in an unlikely way. It uses the so-called internet of things, or the linking up of devices online to share relevant data and enhance the efficiency of the process. “Valpas is a new hygiene and safety standard for hospitality, a mix of hardware, software, and label,” said Martim Gois, co-founder and CEO of Valpas. “The product is integrated into bed structures and scans the room, connecting the bed legs to each other and forming a mesh IoT [internet of things] network. Through the network, the hotel is notified about their rooms in real time.”
Check out the article at Skift, link in the title. The video below explains how the system works, the text continues below the video.
The ‘world’s first’ space lounge
Space tourism company Space Perspective has revealed the interior design for its lounge-style travel capsule, which will be hauled into the stratosphere by a giant balloon. Created in-house for the company’s Spaceship Neptune, the cabin has room for up to eight passengers. More in the article at Dezeen, link in the title.
Saudi Arabia unveils plans to build a first-ever futuristic ski resort
Saudi Arabia has unveiled plans for its first-ever all-year-round ski resort — a futuristic, luxury super-project ensconced in the mountains of the desert kingdom which will be 33 times the size of New York City. TROJENA, which will boast its own village, wellness resorts, “interactive nature reserve,” will be part of a $500 billion city-state called NEOM. More details and images in the article at the Middle East Eye, link in the title.
A Starbucks all-you-can-eat buffet at the Starbucks Reserve Ginnza Marronnier-dori store in Japan
there is one Starbucks where you can eat to your heart’s content, and unlike a lot of other deals, there’s no time limit to the stuff-your-face experience. The offer is available at the Starbucks Reserve Ginza Marronnier-dori store in Tokio, Japan. The buffet is only open from 5:00 p.m. each day. More details at the website of Soranews 24.
Taco Bell’s Mexican Pizza will make its long-awaited return in May
While rumors of the Mexican Pizza’s return have been swirling for months, it hasn’t been publicly confirmed, until now. From petitions, to memorials, to merch, the Taco Bell cult has (rightfully) been all but silent about its menu hiatus. For fans wishing to snag a Mexican Pizza without leaving their home, customers can enjoy the convenience of delivery exclusively through DoorDash for the first week the iconic menu item is back (May 19 – May 26), rolling out to other delivery platforms beginning on May 27. Vegetarian lovers have been among the most vocal and hopeful for the Mexican Pizzas return, as Taco Bell has been a haven for vegetarians**** thanks to the ability to customize.
Our menu is full of fan-favorites, but the Mexican Pizza is at the top of that list,” said Mark King, CEO of Taco Bell. “From its flashy introduction to menus in 1985 as ‘Pizzazz Pizza’ to its inspiration behind the creation of infamous jingles, Mexican Pizza has a long history with the brand and I’m glad we could give fans what they crave and bring our classic Mexican Pizza back home where it belongs.” More details in their press release, link in the title.
Emirates Airlines will launch NFT’s and experiences in the Metaverse
we have written about the first fast food restaurants, hotels that entered the Metaverse and now we spotted the fast that Emirates Airlines is all set to launch NFTs and unique experiences in the Metaverse. With a focus on growing its digital reach, the airline already has the first projects in pipeline, with the launch expected in the months to come. Enthusiasts will be able to get their hands on both collectible and utility based NFTs and a host of other experiences in the Metaverse. More details in the article at Luxury Launches, link in the title.