This week in hospitality, Marriott seems confident about its homesharing pilot program, and don't miss a new podcast on Accor's acquisition strategy.
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>>Marriott — and well, any company wanting to get into private accommodations — should heed the advice of AccorHotels CEO and pay close attention to how they manage those rentals and how they can leverage their existing hospitality labor force to do it: Marriott CEO Fires a Salvo: ‘We Can Deliver a Better Homesharing Product’
>>Tune in for a candid conversation about the strategy behind AccorHotels’ many acquisitions, why the company wants to be part of consumers’ everyday lives, and what the CEO has learned from spending hundreds of millions of dollars on startups: Skift Podcast: Why Accor Had No Choice But to Change
>>We’d pay good money just to see hospitality executives try to guess which hotel brands belong to which companies: Can Hotel Companies Have Too Many Brands?
>>Kimpton is pretty unknown in Europe and Asia but that is about to change. Whether it truly is a luxury brand is a moot point; InterContinental Hotels Group thinks it is, and will be pushing it as such: InterContinental Hotels Is Taking Kimpton Global
>>With acquisitions like WoodSpring Suites, Choice Hotels’ new CEO is making good on his mission to continue to grow the company and establish its dominance in the economy and midscale sectors: Choice Sees Strong First Quarter Boosted by Extended Stay Acquisition
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Photo credit: Marriott is currently testing a homesharing pilot program in London. Hui-yong Yu / Bloomberg