At Glion, every student finishes their studies by writing a piece of research. If you are among the highest performers you get the privilege (and curse) of writing a dissertation. This is a 10’000 word paper in which you outline both existing knowledge and theory on a subject, and build on it by going out into the industry to interview professionals. This is obviously a very challenging process and is done over one year. Throughout this year you really develop a love/hate relationship with your work, and in the end you have not only created something to be proud of, you can also call yourself an expert on the subject…

I wrote my dissertation about implementation of new technology in the hospitality industry. I had some very inspiring conversations with senior technology directors and VPs in large hospitality companies and became very proud of the result. I enjoyed it so much, in fact, that I am considering a career in hospitality technology. Apart from this newfound career choice, I have become more curious and started reading a lot more hospitality-related technology news.

The first month of 2014 has already brought us a few very interesting technological advancements in the hospitality industry.

First, more and more companies are starting to accept the crypto-currency BitCoin. For an explanatory video about BitCoin, click here. It is a very volatile currency and has been known to fluctuate between a value of $0.30 and $266. BitCoin has been around for five years, but it is only last month that several retailers, sports teams, universities and even a Kentucky police chief have started to accept it.

The first hospitality companies to publicly accept this currency are the two casinos The D and The Golden Gate in Las Vegas, Nevada who started accepting BitCoin on the 22 January this year. They accept them at their gift shops, restaurants, cashier counters and even the reception of their hotels. The currency will not, however, be allowed to be used in gambling itself. According to one of the owners of the two hotels, it has been introduced as a response to guest demand. As a result of the huge media hype and speculation in the currency, many more companies can be expected to announce that they will be accepting BitCoin.

Second, we will soon be able to travel from London to New York in four hours – or less.Since Concorde stopped flying in October 2003 there has not been any opportunity for transatlantic travellers to travel at supersonic speeds. Until now. By 2018 Spike Aerospace aims to schedule their first take-off with Spike S-512, which is predicted to reach speeds of Mach 1.6-1.8 (1700-1900 km/h). But that is not the end of it. By 2020, HyperMach Aerospace Ltd hopes to launch their SonicStar, which the company claims can reach Mach 4 (4200 km/h). This would mean that the trip can be made in ONE HOUR…

The developments happening within the hospitality industry never cease to amaze me, and that is why I am glad I chose Glion. Glion offers the most specializations of any hospitality school in the world, which makes it possible for the student to pursue whatever it is they are passionate about.

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Glion Institute of Higher Education is a private Swiss institution offering bachelor’s and master’s degrees in hospitality, luxury and event management to an international student body across three campuses in Switzerland and London, UK.
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