Note From the Editor
If you are building your company to withstand the tumultuous changes ahead, it would be an intelligent move to stock up on technologists and design-centric employees because these two factors are driving the future. Marriott and Hilton are on board as they race to be the first — and best — at bringing the smart home into the guest room. Hospitality Editor Deanna Ting got a sneak peek at Marriott's effort in its Innovation Lab. Perhaps there is hope that adjusting a guest room thermostat will no longer be rocket science.
Meanwhile, Google Flights shed its utilitarian look for a user-friendly design in a beta revamp of its interface, as Travel Tech Editor Sean O'Neill reports. Did Google Flights have designs on the look and feel of Kayak? You be the judge.