Hyperloop One

post by : aurelie.stampfli

At the first sight, it looks like the train of the future and is the dream of a lot of human-beings. Let us present you Hyperloop One, the first of its kind high-speed train that can reach the speed of light, which means a speed of 1080 km per hour. This futuristic train is able to do so with a system of magnetic levitation, already used by some trains in Japan. Other performances of Hyperloop are that, it is able to operate silently and its users won’t feel any turbulences while travelling. To add that the system is designed to be entirely autonomous, direct-to-destination (no stop from a destination to another) and on-demand.

The first draft of that revolutionary train saw the light of day in Los Angeles in 2013. The main goal of the project is to transform the whole industry of transportation as we know it today and furthermore, to compete with the air and rail transportation by moving people more rapidly to their destination and at a less costly price.

Hyperloop One is slowly but surely developing passenger and cargo system routes in other countries such as United States, Canada, Finland, Sweden, etc. The objective of the company is to deliver a full-service and operational system by 2021.


The new Generation - Lifestyle Hotels

post by : sripatic.ziegler

Today, it is hard to be successful as an ordinal hotel. Being innovative is the key for today's ever-changing market and we found several hotels which show how it is done.


The new brand from AccorHotels set its priority on the interaction. Focusing on travellers, locals and Millennials, they offer an “Open House”, taking away the rigidity of the hotel atmosphere with the concept of sharing and the open living space. Offering three different accommodation types, the JO&JOE’s have the “Together” shared and adjustable rooms, the “Yours” are for two to five people and have a bathroom and sometimes a kitchen and the “OOO”, standing for Out of the Ordinary, are extraordinary accommodations like hammocks, yurts, and caravans.

The Charlotte Marriott City Center

After an extensive renovation, the 19-story hotel has been updated and three separate food and drink venues were added on the ground floor. “We wanted to bring back that essence from a long time ago, when humans were cooking over an open fire,” Chef Chris Coleman said. “We wanted to bring people together in our kitchen.” The restaurant focuses on high-quality ingredients sourced from local farms and purveyors, the stoke bar will have 34 taps with various offers and the coffee shop and retail shop called Coco will serve local pastries and grab-and-go items. The space has been designed to foster collaboration with free Wi-Fi, three meeting rooms, stadium seating and private mezzanine level to support further interaction.

In summary, it can be said that the hotelier business has to adapt to the trends by being authentic, bringing together people, showing the culture and the local food.


How Technology in Tourism is Taking Travel to the Next Level


How Technology in Tourism is Taking Travel to the Next Level Technology is an important aspect of our everyday routine. Indeed, we are almost inseparable from our mobile phones and tablets. Therefore, it is time to include this useful tool in tourism and travel experience. Undeniably, according to Trend Hunter, there are many different ways to involve technology in order to enhance the travel experience from the point of booking to the actual vacation. For instance, the Mondrian Hotel in New York provide to all of its 720 rooms an IPad so clients can use it to order food, plan their stay and organize the transportation. Moreover, technology can also be used to engage tourists. In Florida, tourists can use tools such as Tamaggo 360-Imager to capture their travel experiences and share with other people. The relation and the constant interaction between travellers, businesses and local population is really an important aspect and this exchange can be assured through the use of technological devices. It allows travellers to have a control not only on the moment but also for planning their next travel steps according to their desires. Therefore, it’s important that those technological tools must be focus on personal expectations and must be unique to each traveller in order to enhance the travel experience at its best quality. Concerning Switzerland, we have for example an application called Snukr, that allows the visitor to choose between different activities or places. Accordingly, the app proposes you a wide range of itineraries. It’s a two way tool because you can either select an itinerary or propose your own for other visitors to enjoy. It already a good start but we could maybe extend the idea for example to connect people that are in a precise region with local people in order to promote local businesses. In any case, there’s no doubt that technology is a huge helping source for the tourism industry and that there are plenty of thing to do with it to improve the travellers’ travel experiences.


Gotti Inès, 702_e; Djukic Maroc, 702_e






"SwissPass - the key to your mobility"

post by : Chappuis Ludivine


What is the SwissPass?

We all remember the old support for our public transports membership card. But since the 1st of August 2015, they have been replaced by the red SwissPass. It works with a microchip, as the ski passes do for example. The ticket inspectors check our travelcard with an electronic scanner. This one enables to verify the validity and the duration of the type of subscription we choose. Another essential thing about this new product is that it is valid many years.


What are the advantages?

As we mentioned above, this card is valid several years. Therefore, it is automatically renewed every year, unless we cancel the travelcard. Cancelation notice has to be sent two months in advance. This applies already to mobile phone contracts. In comparison with the old system, we don’t get a new card every time, this is very eco-friendly! Furthermore, every SwissPass owner profits from an online account in order to stay updated about the new offers and stay informed of their memberships validity.


Access to partner services

The access to partner services is the main advantage and innovation of this new product. They are currently integrated to the SwissPass, such as Mobility Carsharing, PubliBike, SwissMobile and even the ski passes, more various activities will be added in the near future. Concerning the Mobility Carsharing, “we only pay for a car when we really need it.” The pro of PubliBike is to hire a bike from any place and bring it back to any station (ride from A to B) and finally, SwissMobile provides us with routes for walking, cycling, mountain biking, skating and canoeing. Thanks to this, we can easily plan our leisure activity and save maps on our mobile device. Once it will be possible to buy our ski passes in advance and put them on the SwissPass, we won’t have to queue in front of the cashier at the ski resort.


Application to tourism

The SwissPass is mostly for Swiss inhabitants. Travelling by public transports becomes easier, because you can have all in one card and for that reason, it may influence the mobility of people and could encourage them to travel around in Switzerland. By the way, the main slogan from SBB CFF FFS is “SwissPass - the key to your mobility”. With this new scanning system, it allows the SBB CFF FFS to estimate the number of passengers as well as their journeys. This leads to more efficient research in statistics and to target the top destinations. Once they are known, the goal is to attract people in other places, so that mobility could extend almost in every region, which would have a direct impact on tourism growth engendered by Swiss people.





iBeacon - the device which could change your World

post by : Brehonnet Marine

Still partially known in Europe, it became rapidly popular in the Anglophone countries (USA, United Kingdom and Australia). There was already some of them on the market under Android exploitation system but two years ago, one of the biggest worldwide known company launched silently his own new technological product, targeted mostly in business, tourism and hospitality sector. Apple created in autumn 2013, the iBeacon under IOS exploitation system. As simple as his name, this new device is low-cost and revolutionary. Indeed, it is an information transmitter based on a micro localization. It works, mostly inside, on a short distance, in the contrary of a GPS system which works more effectively outside on long distance.

How does it work ? At first, companies using the iBeacon have to place it strategically, as the beacon is static, it has to be fixed preferably in a passing place. Secondly, customers have to download an app and activate their Bluetooth connexion. As the iBeacon permanently sends a signal, when the customer is passing close to the information transmitter, the connexion between both devices will immediately pop up useful information, advices or promotions on the phone through the app. For instance, you are browsing around in the shopping mall and get close to the Macy’s iBeacon, you will, in a second, receive their current sales, opening schedule, information about their new collection and even more.


In conclusion, the iBeacon has an enormous potential in many industries but mostly in tourism. It is economic, ecologic and has a nice sober design.

In our opinion, it is possible to push even more the concept by using the beacon in transportation and hospitality depending on the customer segment. Nowadays, tourists or visitors are also travelling a lot by car, we thought of developing the innovation in parking. An app could be designed to mix parking information and guidebook. Indeed, the parking part could locate your car and give you the closest parking lot, with the availability and prices. As soon as you are parked, the app would register your car GPS coordinates. After your city tour, wherever you are, the app gives you the way back to your parking space. The other useful tool of this app would be a guidebook which according to your location provides sightseeing, restaurants, museums and more.

ABI Research[1] foresees between now and 2019 that the United States will have around sixty millions iBeacon device on their territory.



For more information and details, click on the linked PDF.





[1] ABI Research is a technology market intelligence company with a 25 years’ experience in advising and informing businesses on technology and market investment. https://www.abiresearch.com/pages/about-abi-research/



Nouvelles tendances afin de dynamiser les stations de ski en été

post by : Doepper Agnes

Il est loin le temps où les stations de montagnes étaient uniquement destinées aux activités d’hiver. Aujourd’hui, les stations sont actives toute l’année. Plusieurs facteurs expliquent ce phénomène notamment les divers changements climatiques ainsi que la forte demande des consommateurs en matière d’activités à pratiquer tout au long de l’année en montagne. Le développement d’une offre estivale dans les stations de ski permet, entre autre, de stimuler l’économie locale, d’optimiser l’utilisation des infrastructures déjà existantes dans les stations et de fidéliser la clientèle.