On several fronts, it's obvious that Airbnb is working hard to diversify and expand its products. And Samara, an Airbnb design studio, which is headed by co-founder and chief product officer Joe Gebbia, is the latest manifestation of that.
Smarter airport security in the U.S. is a challenge because of all the competing interests that want to make passengers safe, but also want the other guy to foot the bill.
When it comes to uniforms there's nothing wrong with a refresh every few years as long as the designers know what they are doing and take the views of employees into account.
While casual travelers rely on Google search results and TripAdvisor reviews to inform their booking decisions, the growing sect of design-centric travelers are seeking out hotels and experiences as diverse and multidimensional as they are.
Marriott and Holiday Inn Express are also looking to optimize space in guest rooms and appeal to changing traveler habits. The shift away from traditional desks got a failing grade from lots of customers.
The relationship between development and operating a hotel is key.
Fashion designers aren't the only ones showcasing their designs and translating their brand's vision to the public during New York Fashion Week; hotels, too, are participating in the week's events, partnering with designers whose message is a reflection of their own brand message and finding a way to give back to the artistic community.
It would be easy to blame the Olympics (let's do that no matter what), but it's mainly the fault of people who can't think creatively within minor restraints in order to create something better.
The day when intelligent or invisible design is no longer either of those things, rather simply just commonplace design, is slowly getting closer, and Wise's talk will explain what travel brands should do to reach that point.
From booze to pets to chapels to playgrounds, airports make concessions for all sorts of passenger behavior of varying levels of acceptability, and a reasonable one for smokers does not seem excessive.