Articles by Deanna Ting

China Will Stop Digital Censorship on Hainan Island to Encourage Tourism

China Will Stop Digital Censorship on Hainan Island to Encourage Tourism

Robert Fenner, Bloomberg

Does the dismantling of the Great Firewall on Hainan signal more of an open welcome to international companies hoping to establish tourism businesses there?

23 hours ago

Lonely Planet to Investigate Racial Profiling in Switzerland

Lonely Planet to Investigate Racial Profiling in Switzerland

Mara Bernath, Bloomberg

By extension, we wonder if the same kind of travel warning should be issued for the United States.

1 day ago

An Insider’s Perspective on AccorHotels’ Wide-Ranging M&A Strategy

An Insider’s Perspective on AccorHotels’ Wide-Ranging M&A Strategy

Deanna Ting, Skift

By the time we publish this, we wouldn't be surprised if AccorHotels has already purchased or invested in another business.

1 day ago

What Hotel CEOs Are Saying About Amazon and Google’s Growing Influence in Travel

What Hotel CEOs Are Saying About Amazon and Google’s Growing Influence in Travel

Deanna Ting, Skift

Disruption in the travel industry is a universal constant, and we can certainly expect Amazon and Google to continue that tradition. An even more interesting question to ask ourselves for the moment: Why aren't Google and Apple doing more to get their smart devices into hotel rooms like Amazon is?

2 days ago

This Tropical Chinese Island Is Quietly Transforming Into a Gaming Destination

This Tropical Chinese Island Is Quietly Transforming Into a Gaming Destination

Daniela Wei , Bloomberg

Gaming development on Hainan Island could have an impact on Macau, Singapore, and soon, Japan.

4 days ago

Amazon Wades Into Travel as Hotels Turn to Alexa in Rooms

Amazon Wades Into Travel as Hotels Turn to Alexa in Rooms

Deanna Ting, Skift

The next big questions hoteliers might soon be asking themselves: "Alexa, how do I make sure you recommend my hotels when they ask you where they want to stay?" Or, on the flip side: "Why did I invest so much into the modern-day version of the iPod docking station?"

4 days ago

Blackstone May Beat Pebblebrook to Buy Luxury Hotel Owner for More than $4 Billion

Blackstone May Beat Pebblebrook to Buy Luxury Hotel Owner for More than $4 Billion

Gillian Tan, Bloomberg

And consolidation in the hotel industry continues. Now, the only question left is whether Blackstone can get returns on its LaSalle investment like it did with Hilton.

5 days ago

How Sheraton Lost Its Way and Marriott’s Plans to Bring It Back

How Sheraton Lost Its Way and Marriott’s Plans to Bring It Back

Deanna Ting, Skift

Before you read this, ask yourself: What exactly does Sheraton stand for? For example, Westin is synonymous with wellness, St. Regis with luxury, W with lifestyle. And at the end of this article, ask yourself that same question again. If you struggle to come up with an answer, it's clear Marriott has a lot more work to do with the Sheraton brand.

5 days ago

Video: Club Med’s Europe and Africa CEO on the Evolution of the All-Inclusive Vacation

Video: Club Med’s Europe and Africa CEO on the Evolution of the All-Inclusive Vacation

Deanna Ting, Skift

If Club Med has its way, the "all-inclusive" vacation should no longer conjure up images of tacky beach clubs and all-you-can-drink-and-eat buffets.

5 days ago

Caesars Employees Avoid Strike With Approval of New Labor Contract

Caesars Employees Avoid Strike With Approval of New Labor Contract

Regina Garcia Cano, Associated Press

The last thing Vegas — or any tourism destination for that matter — needs is a labor strike.

1 week ago

Airbnb’s Partnership Strategy in Japan May Serve as Global Model

Airbnb’s Partnership Strategy in Japan May Serve as Global Model

Deanna Ting, Skift

Airbnb's moves in Japan are smart for its future growth. But again we can't help but wonder: Why is the company so willing to fully comply with local laws in certain regions, like Japan, but so reluctant to do the same in others, like New York City?

1 week ago

Viceroy Hotels Is Using Smartwatches to Be More Hospitable

Viceroy Hotels Is Using Smartwatches to Be More Hospitable

Deanna Ting, Skift

Personally — while Virgin Atlantic may disagree with us — wearing a smartwatch is preferable to donning a Google Glass, and we have a feeling hotel staff members would agree, too.

1 week ago