Articles by Alexandra E. Petri

Food Tourism Gets a Tighter Focus in Andrew Zimmern’s New Season of TV

Food Tourism Gets a Tighter Focus in Andrew Zimmern’s New Season of TV

Alexandra E. Petri, Skift

For Andrew Zimmern, food has always been the filter through which he discovers and explores destinations around the globe. As culinary tourism evolves, so do business strategies across all sectors of travel that are using food as the a magnet to attract travelers.

2 years ago

Starwood Is Expanding Its Select-Service Footprint in New York

Starwood Is Expanding Its Select-Service Footprint in New York

Alexandra E. Petri, Skift

The hotel industry is looking for ways to grow and meet consumer demands. One route Starwood is taking is increasing the number of its select-service properties in New York state by 80 percent.

2 years ago

Skift Travel Megatrend for 2016: The Big Turmoil in Big Hospitality

Skift Travel Megatrend for 2016: The Big Turmoil in Big Hospitality

Alexandra Petri, Skift

Mergers, killing brands, globalization, and an ongoing fear of Airbnb and its ilk will keep 2016 interesting and prepare the industry for a bit of needed evolution.

2 years ago

Travel Ads This Week: Honest Depictions of Destinations

Travel Ads This Week: Honest Depictions of Destinations

Alexandra E. Petri, Skift

These destinations use people, images, and history to show what they are really about.

2 years ago

Beyond the Selfie Stick: A New Angle on Travel Photography

Beyond the Selfie Stick: A New Angle on Travel Photography

Alexandra E. Petri, Skift

Are selfies to online travel agencies as pro photographers are to travel agents? The gap between DIY and special occasion creates business opportunities of all kinds.

2 years ago

IHG CEO Says That Terrorism Is Not ‘Truly Disruptive’ to Hospitality

IHG CEO Says That Terrorism Is Not ‘Truly Disruptive’ to Hospitality

Alexandra E. Petri, Skift

Terrorism is not a disruptor that IHG CEO Richard Solomons sees as truly shaping the hospitality industry.

2 years ago

Interview: Four Seasons CEO on the Brand’s Singular Focus

Interview: Four Seasons CEO on the Brand’s Singular Focus

Alexandra E. Petri, Skift

While others are launching or acquiring new brands to increase their global footprints, Four Seasons has stuck with a singular brand that boasts diverse luxury properties. How long it will continue to play the contrarian in this world of mergers and soft brands is another story.

2 years ago

5 Destinations Selling Diverse Experiences in Best Travel Ads This Week

5 Destinations Selling Diverse Experiences in Best Travel Ads This Week

Alexandra E. Petri, Skift

These destinations are getting right to it: They offer a world to discover.

2 years ago

7 Hotel Industry Experts on What It Means to Be Relevant Right Now

7 Hotel Industry Experts on What It Means to Be Relevant Right Now

Alexandra E. Petri, Skift

Brands refreshes are nothing new in the hotel industry, but what qualities make a hotel relevant today? Several industry experts weigh in on things like technology, design and how consumer behavior affects the ways in which trends get implemented.

2 years ago

Hotels Tried To Eliminate the Traditional In-Room Desk But Created a Backlash

Hotels Tried To Eliminate the Traditional In-Room Desk But Created a Backlash

Alexandra E. Petri, Skift

Marriott and Holiday Inn Express are also looking to optimize space in guest rooms and appeal to changing traveler habits. The shift away from traditional desks got a failing grade from lots of customers.

2 years ago

3 Leading Hotel CIOs on the Secrets to Strategy and Innovation

3 Leading Hotel CIOs on the Secrets to Strategy and Innovation

Aexandra E. Petri, Skift

Innovation is a continual process, which makes the job of a CIO one that is constantly evolving to meet consumers' expectations. To do that successfully, today's CIO needs not just technical know-how but also strong business acumen and communication skills to help businesses realize their goals.

2 years ago

Kimpton’s Loyalty Program One Year After IHG Buy Is Still OK

Kimpton’s Loyalty Program One Year After IHG Buy Is Still OK

Alexandra Petri, Skift

Inaction may provide a bit of assurance, but it's not the same as a clear plan that gets guests excited about a brand's future.

2 years ago