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5 Hospitality Trends We’re Tracking at Skift This Week

Mar 16, 2014 7:00 am


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.

>> Turning key cards into gift cards: Hotel Room Keys That Double as Gift Cards Are the Next Big Meeting Trend

Rather than make it notepads or pens that are quickly forgotten, the Sheraton Seattle is giving guests something that makes them happy and energized.

>> Doubling down on local to build loyalty: Renaissance Hotels’ Big Push to Become a Leader in Experiential Marketing

Renaissance Hotels announced three new partnerships with entertainment and media industry heavy hitters last week, expanding on its innovative RLifeLIVE programming.

>> New York City’s extended stay industry growns: A Transient Workforce and Rising Rents Lead to Growth of NYC’s Extended-Stay Market

Known as extended-stay, corporate or short-term housing, these units have proliferated in recent years across Manhattan, both in buildings dedicated solely to this function and scattered inside existing rentals and condos.

>> The battle for independent Chinese tourists moves to France: Asian Luxury Hotel Chains Are Competing for Chinese Tourists in Paris

Armed with the know-how of pleasing Chinese tourists, Asian-branded hotels are rapidly expanding into Europe to meet the needs of mainland travelers in popular destinations such as Paris.

>> All-inclusive hotels leave local communities on the outside: All-Inclusive Vacations Are Good for Everyone But Local Businesses

A report from the UK charity Tourism Concern to be published this month will add to fears that the trend is hurting the local people in all-inclusive resort areas who depend on tourism for their livelihoods.

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