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A groundbreaking new report by the Urban Land Institute in Washington, D.C. explores sustainability in the hospitality industry and examines ways in which hotels are incorporating eco-friendly best practices into both operations and construction. The study includes insights from leading hotel owners, developers and investors.

Every hotel owner wants to know how he can increase the traffic to the website, and at the same time, boost direct bookings. The key to accomplish both the objectives is to design a site that is accessible even to disabled people. It will not only improve the usability for all types of visitors, but it will also improve your market penetration. Designing ADA website is also very imperative to prevent legitimate complications. In addition to this, an ADA feature will aid in improving the website performance in search engines.

The underappreciated city of Minneapolis served as host for the 2019 edition of HITEC (produced by HFTP) which wrapped up its most recent four-day run on June 20, 2019. In the days and weeks leading up to the event, meeting solicitations and party invites filled my inbox at a growth rate any VC or entrepreneur would envy. As a first-timer to this international hospitality technology behemoth, it became apparent that HITEC actually begins a few weeks prior to when that first request or invitation lands in your over-stuffed inbox.

Time is limited. Once it’s gone, you can’t gain it back. Similarly, once a room goes unsold for a night, it will go unsold forever. There’s no way to recover that loss, because there’s no way to go back in time.
 
Many hotels fight this limitation by trying to sell as many rooms as possible. If all the rooms are completely booked, time no longer becomes a factor. But most don’t have the luxury of being at-capacity every single night. That’s why last-minute booking apps are growing in popularity in the industry, where hotels can make the most of each day. These apps specifically target guests who don’t plan far in advance, seeking accommodations from one week to one minute later.
 
There are several different ways your hotel can benefit from using last-minute booking apps in your business strategy.

IoT is Coming, Jon Snow…
Posted: 05/21/2019

Hospitality is prime for the coming advent of the various devices that make up the Internet of Things. Estimates show the industry now represents 17.5 million rooms worldwide and savvy guests are demanding more personalization and an overall improved guest experience along their connected travel journey and belief is that IoT can bring this to reality. 



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Hotel Industry: When it comes to Data Breach Incidents – Follow the Money Focus on the POS

04/22/2015

Verizon released its 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR) this month and extended an exclusive preview to Hospitality Upgrade including an interview with one of the authors, Jay Jacobs, the senior analyst and DBIR co-author with Verizon.  HU asked Jacobs to cut through the more than 60-page report and share what this year’s investigation means to the hotel industry.

In its 10th year, the report looks at year-over-year trends. Overall the trends did not change much from the 2014 report.  What was new in this year’s evaluation is a formulation for the cost of a breach and a look at incidents involving mobile devices.

Understanding the Mobile Space

Infected mobile devices were very scarce.  Android devices seemed to be infected more often than iOS devices, with an inference that iPhones® have better inherent security. Annoying software is the predominate type of infections seen on mobile devices but these attacks are not malicious in nature. According to the investigation, mobile device attack was still not the preferred method of attack.

The equivalent of less than 0.03% of mobile devices are compromised by malware each year.

Message for Hoteliers – Secure the POS

As in previous years the top three industries affected remained public, information and financial services with a combined 66 percent of the number of security incidents compiled in the report.  The hospitality industry (chart listed – accommodations) was listed as sixth overall for the number of security incidents reported. (See Figure 2 above.)

However, within the hotel industry a staggering 91 percent of those incidents reported involved a malware attack at the point of sale. Attacks on the hotel industry were overwhelmingly financially motivated. In other industries, such as healthcare, for example, the motivation for a cyber attack is overwhelmingly for personal information. When asked what should the hotel industry take away from this year’s report, without hesitation Jacobs said, “The hotel industry should focus exclusively on the point-of-sale system.”

Of the nearly 80,000 security incidents analyzed this year the researchers pointed to nine threat patterns that have remained an effective approach to fighting cyberthreats.  The nine patterns are: Miscellaneous errors, such as sending an email message to the wrong person; crimeware (malware to gain control of a system); insider or privilege misuse; physical theft or loss; Web app attacks; denial of service attacks; cyber espionage; point-of-sale intrusions; and payment card skimmers.

The Cost of a Breach

In this year’s report Verizon analysts have devised a new model to estimate the financial impact of a cyber breach and provides a prediction of the cost of a breach. In a release issued by Verizon, the analysts reported that, “The cost-per-record stolen is directly affected by the type of data and total number of records compromised.”

Mike Denning, vice president of global security for Verizon Enterprise Solutions said, “We believe this new model for estimating the cost of a breach is groundbreaking, although there is definitely still room for refinement. We now know that it’s rarely, if ever, less expensive to suffer a breach than put the proper defense in place.”

Click here for a link to the full Verizon 2015 Data Breach Investigations Report.

A slideshow by Verizon is available by clicking here.

About the Data Breach Investigations Report

The extensive 2015 report is the culmination of 70 contributing organizations representing 61 countries and 79,790 security incidents. The investigative report looked through 2,122 confirmed data breaches.

About The Author
Geneva Rinehart
SVP, Managing Editor
Hospitality Upgrade


Geneva Rinehart is the managing editor at Hospitality Upgrade. For two decades, she has followed the world of hospitality technology. On occasion she will chronicle hospitality technology issues, technology trends, and new technologies for Hospitality Upgrade on LinkedIn and Twitter: @genevarinehart

 
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