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NOV 2016

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N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 6 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 7 Guinness World Records (GWR) recently launched GWR Live! in the U.S., during All Access Labs' Brick Fest Live held in Richmond, Va., in October. GWR Live! offers a fun, interactive and family-friendly experience by allowing event attendees to practice then attempt to potentially set or break Guinness World Records titles in real time. It also acts as a customizable enter- tainment solution from which clients can choose exciting record challenges or additional services to add engaging elements to their venue, brand or event. The GWR Live! setup includes stations fea- turing Guinness World Record coaches, who lend expert advice and encouragement to visi- tors who attempt to set a record. Top-perform- ing individuals are invited back at designated times for an official Guinness World Records attempt, where they can walk away with a title. Guests are also invited to try a selection of re- cords against a ticking clock and snap photos with giant cutouts of iconic record holders. The experience can be customized to fit the needs of the client or event. For further information, contact press@guinness worldrecords.com. n headlines, trends & ideas More Travelers Using Self-Service Baggage Check-Ins GWR Live Launched A growing number of people are using self-ser- vice baggage check-in features at airports, according to the results of the 2016 Airport IT Trends survey, co-sponsored by SITA, a multi-national information technology company providing IT and telecommunication services to the air transport industry, and Airports Council International. This may be happening because the majority of airports worldwide now provide self-service check-in for both passengers and bags. "Self-ser- vice passenger check-in through kiosks has been available at the majority of airports (91 percent) for many years and today it is almost universally available," the report summary stated. "Today, the majority of airports offer both kiosks for self-printing bag tags and either an assisted or unassisted bag drop to complete the check-in." The executive summary indicates that 82 percent of people check in luggage when they fly, which means that the convenience and speed of self-service check-in is increasingly a reality for every passenger, not just those with carry-on luggage. Other self-service trends expected to emerge: kiosks that enable passengers to download digital content, such as the latest films, or com- plete sales transactions, before they board the flight. Currently, only 4 percent of airports are offering these services, according to the SITA study, but 26 percent have plans to offer digital downloading and 38 percent expect to have sales transaction functionality in place within the next three years. At the same time, unlimited access to the In- ternet is expected to decrease at airports. "Today, 74 percent of airports provide unlimited free Wi-Fi to passengers but this will drop to 54 per- cent within three years," the executive summary stated. Additionally, the 2016 survey found that there is growing concern about physical and virtual security attacks on airports, with far more airports rating passenger and airport security a high priority than in previous surveys. n Staying Warm While Using Mobile Devices Winter is fast approaching but there's a way for mobile device users to keep their hands warm while using their touch- screens. The 2016-2017 collection of touchscreen gloves, recently released by Mujjo, are designed to be attractive and warm while taking touchscreen gloves to the next level. The gloves feature a leather strap that crosses over a notch on the wrist, where a carefully placed magnetic button provides a snap closure. They are designed to take the shape of the user's hand, offering a sleek fit for an optimized typing experience. The cuff boards are constructed of matching black leather and the palms feature grip dots to aid in anti-slip capability. A layer of integrated fleece lining provides a soft touch and feel to the gloves. For more information, visit www.mujjo.com. n Guinness World Records

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