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6 Hospitality Trends We’re Tracking at Skift This Week

Mar 08, 2014 8:00 am

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The pool at the Raleigh Hotel in South Beach, Miami. Ines Hegedus-Garcia Ines Hegedus-Garcia / Flickr


Every week we post hundreds of stories across various sectors in travel, connecting the dots across various global trends, and in these weekend posts we highlight the stories that tackle these trends. This one looks at top hospitality trends. For all of our trends roundups, go here.

>> Hotels tweak traditional policies to attract more guests: Palms Las Vegas Lets Guests Check-Out 24 Hours a Day

The flexible policy makes particular sense in the Las Vegas market, but there’s no word on whether other brands will bend their own rigid check-out times to match the competition.

>> A rebounding European hotel market opens up financing options: Financing Options Open Up for Europe’s Rebounding Hotel Industry

The improving market means that even brands without global ‘trophies’ can find capital substantial enough to fuel growth and enter new markets. The challenge for hoteliers will be to grow at a sustainable pace that ensures the expected returns.

>> Travel loyalty programs are partnering up for added benefits: Hotel Chains and Casinos Align Loyalty Programs With Benefits for Both

Travel companies are cracking down on their loyalty programs in favor of the highest spenders, making the new points partnerships another benefit for travelers that already spend a lot and long-term pipe dream for occasional points collectors.

>> Locally-sourced design is in, at every price point: Interview: The Creative Designer Behind the Brand Re-Inventing Hostels

Beautiful purposeful design is becoming a necessary checkpoint for travelers of all budgets and Generator is showing how to make it possible for smaller brands looking to differentiate themselves.

>> Fashion designers are starting to invest in the hotel industry: Tommy Hilfiger in Talks to Buy Miami’s Iconic Raleigh Hotel

Hilfiger is just one of several fashion designers getting into the hotel business, hinting that there’s a bubble waiting for the industry on the other side of some very well designed hotels.

>> Fashion designers are starting to invest in the hotel industry: Karl Lagerfeld Gets Into the Chinese Hotel Business

We understand the appeal of brand names, but can’t help but think that when fashion designers throw their hat into the hotel development ring like this it is a signal of a bubble.

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