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This week in hospitality, Marriott feels the heat as the District of Columbia sues it over resort fees, Airbnb bows to pressure from European regulators and revamps display pricing, and ranchers cash in on the luxury traveler's search for solitude.

Hotel News Weekly Roundup

Throughout the week we post dozens of original stories, connecting the dots across the travel industry, and every weekend we sum it all up. This weekend roundup examines hotels.

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Marriott Resort Fee Lawsuit Puts New Target on Long-Held Hotel Industry Practice: Do not think that this lawsuit only matters to Marriott. Competitors are keeping a close eye on the case, knowing they could be next. The industry has a big decision to make about how it charges amenity fees, if at all.

Airbnb Offers Greater Price Transparency in Europe After Regulatory Threats: Once again — and this time it’s the issue of pricing transparency in alternative lodging — European regulators are out in front of their counterparts in other parts of the world, including those in the United States. Travelers shouldn’t have to be detectives in trying to figure out what their lodging tab will be.

Ranchers Wrangle Luxury Travelers to Wide-Open Spaces: As we frequently report in Skift New Luxury, five-star accommodation is no longer confined to the hotel sector. Shipping containers, tiny homes, and tents are all being tricked out to satisfy the high-end traveler’s need for novelty. And now, cowboy wannabes can even go posh by renting out a ranch.

Ranchers Capitalize on Lux Travelers Craving Great Outdoors: Even if the product on offer is not traditional, high-end travelers have certain expectations. It’s not as simple as slapping the word luxury onto a website.

Skift Global Forum Preview: Hilton’s Tech Innovations Drive Brand Growth: Hilton understands the true conundrum of running a hotel business: Customer preferences will always change faster than the market can react. That is why the company has invested throughout the customer experience, from booking to loyalty partnerships, to keep guests happy.


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Photo credit: Pictured is the Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront in Portland, Oregon. A lawsuit pending against Marriott in the Superior Court of the District of Columbia may result in the company and its franchisees paying millions of dollars in restitution for resort fees. Rick Bowmer / Associated Press

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