This week in hospitality, Airbnb China named a new president, plus we have videos of Airbnb and Accor execs talking strategy at Skift Forum Europe.
Hotel News Weekly Roundup
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>>Can Airbnb avoid Uber’s fate of being acquired by a rival in China? It seems to be doing everything it can to do so, but is it enough? Airbnb China Names New President
>>Our Skift Take Studio videos take readers behind the scenes at major events. In the first from Skift Forum Europe, Airbnb’s boss in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa discusses the broad appeal of homesharing: Airbnb Believes Homesharing Is Now for a Mass-Market Audience
>>”Anybody telling me you should be limiting the number of brands, I think it’s bullshit,” said AccorHotels CEO Sebastien Bazin at Skift Forum Europe. We wouldn’t be surprised to see him expand the hotel giant’s portfolio of brands to at least 40, up from today’s 32: Video: Why AccorHotels CEO Wants Even More Brands
>>Accor is walking on thin ice with its most lucrative customers as it merges together the loyalty programs of Accor, Fairmont, Raffles, and Swissôtel. So far, the integration has been nearly flawless: Accor Follows Marriott in Unifying Its Loyalty Program
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Photo credit: Airbnb China just named a new president. Bloomberg