Friday Fuel: Packing Bags, Unlocking Doors, & 1st Q Stats

Never Pack Your Suitcase Again

Never want to pack a suitcase again? Try Dufl. It’s a new service that that cleans, packs, and ships clothes for frequent travelers. While people who travel often find themselves wasting too much time with their luggage, Dufl solves all of those problems easily. The service will collect your “travel clothes” and take professional photos to create your inventory. Next time you want to travel, simply tell Dufl where you will be staying and they will use their delivery partners like FedEx to make sure your bags are there before you are. When your trip is over, Dufl picks up your suitcase, has all clothes cleaned, folded, replaced in the bag and awaiting your next trip. Users can swap out “travel clothes” at any time. The service has $10/mo storage fee and flat $100 fee that includes cleaning and shipping for each trip. Learn more about Dufl here.

Starwood Hotels Apple Watch

Apple Watch Unlocks Hotel Rooms

All of you early adopters of the Apple Watch will be happy to hear that Starwood Hotels has unveiled SPG Keyless. The application will allow Starwood Preferred Guests three awesome features:

  • Monitor rewards points
  • Express check-in bypassing front desk
  • Unlock your room

Now guests with smartwatches can check-in before walking through the front door, hop on an elevator, go straight to the room and unlock their door without interacting with hotel staff at all. Many Starwood Properties like Aloft, Element and W Hotels have many properties already using the technology and will be rolling out to many others very soon.

1st Quarter Hotel Stats Are Out

STR, a company that provides global hotel statistics, recently put out their 1st quarter reports and the outlook is a positive one. Hotels across the U.S. saw a 3.1% increase in occupancy, 4.7% increase in ADR, and 8% increase in RevPAR.. New York, NY saw the largest year-to-year RevPAR decrease while Phoenix saw the largest year to year RevPAR increase. If you already forgot, those are the past two Superbowl host cities making the RevPAR increases/decreases easy to attribute.

STR Hospitality

Mobilegeddon Finally Hits

Mobilegeddon began rolling out over the past week or so, and while some folks have been freaking out, others (like us at Fuel) have been prepared for the update for some time now. We, like many other SEOs, took Google’s warning seriously and made sure our clients in the travel and tourism industry were prepared for the algorithm update as well. We will likely start to see some changes in mobile SERPs over the coming weeks so we’ll be sure to monitor and update our readers on our findings. If you want some more info about this latest mobile algo update, check out Meisha’s blog post here.

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Phil ForiskaFriday Fuel: Packing Bags, Unlocking Doors, & 1st Q Stats
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