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Equinox Hotels Represents the Next Generation of Lifestyle Branding

Equinox Hotels Represents the Next Generation of Lifestyle Branding

Deanna Ting, Skift

How does a brand become a lifestyle, and vice versa? Equinox is an ideal case study for exploring that very concept.

2 weeks ago

Hyatt CEO Found Homesharing Experiments ‘Challenging’

Hyatt CEO Found Homesharing Experiments ‘Challenging’

Deanna Ting, Skift

But Mark Hoplamazian didn't say Hyatt would never try it out again.

3 weeks ago

H​ilton Feels No Pressure From Marriott to Jump Into Homesharing

H​ilton Feels No Pressure From Marriott to Jump Into Homesharing

Deanna Ting, Skift

Hilton is focusing on the same things as everyone else in hotels today: loyalty, technology, and marketing. But what about taking on Airbnb directly in homesharing? Don't count on it anytime soon.

4 weeks ago

Airbnb Says Its Tours and Activities Gamble Is Winning

Airbnb Says Its Tours and Activities Gamble Is Winning

Deanna Ting, Skift

The growth of Airbnb Experiences is impressive, but the company — and the overall tours and activities industry — has a long way to go before it can claim true success.

4 weeks ago

Marriott Is Officially Getting Into the Homesharing Business

Marriott Is Officially Getting Into the Homesharing Business

Deanna Ting, Skift

This news will trigger responses from elated to downright furious, whether you're a Bonvoy member, Marriott hotel owner, a property manager, or just someone concerned about the growth of homesharing around the world.

4 weeks ago

Rosewood Hotel Group CEO: ‘We Want to Push the Hotel Industry to Another Level’

Rosewood Hotel Group CEO: ‘We Want to Push the Hotel Industry to Another Level’

Deanna Ting, Skift

All of the buzzwords are here in CEO Sonia Cheng’s strategy — from co-working and community to recognition and technology — but can Rosewood continue to maintain its uniqueness, even as it goes after what all the other hotel brands are going after, too? Given its track record, it just might.

1 month ago

Airbnb Is Entering Show Business, Investing in Launching New Shows

Airbnb Is Entering Show Business, Investing in Launching New Shows

Deanna Ting, Skift

Airbnb to the world: "I'm ready for my close-up."

1 month ago

Skift Forum Europe: Airbnb Is Doubling Down on Experiences

Skift Forum Europe: Airbnb Is Doubling Down on Experiences

Deanna Ting, Skift

Doubters may still question Airbnb’s foray into tours and experiences, but say what you will: The growth of the business has been anything but insignificant. The real success, however, will be in making it a quality-driven endeavor.

1 month ago

Airbnb Leads New $160 Million Funding for Short-Term Rental Brand Lyric

Airbnb Leads New $160 Million Funding for Short-Term Rental Brand Lyric

Deanna Ting, Skift

Can you be both a marketplace and a supplier at the same time? Airbnb certainly seems interested in testing that theory out.

1 month ago

Marriott’s New Contract With Expedia Signals a Shift in the Direct Booking Wars

Marriott’s New Contract With Expedia Signals a Shift in the Direct Booking Wars

Deanna Ting, Skift

As the saying goes, keep your friends close and your rivals closer. Or in this case, that rival might turn out to be a friend, after all, once you've become the world's biggest hotel company.

2 months ago

Is Accor the Next Starwood? What’s Next for Hotel Mergers

Is Accor the Next Starwood? What’s Next for Hotel Mergers

Deanna Ting, Skift

Accor as a takeover target? Stranger things have happened. (Anbang, anyone?) No matter what transpires in hospitality going forward, though, it's clear that consolidation is here to stay.

2 months ago

MGM Resorts’ New Exec Hire Signals a Transformation to an Experience Platform

MGM Resorts’ New Exec Hire Signals a Transformation to an Experience Platform

Deanna Ting, Skift

It likely won't be the only, or the last, hospitality company to do the same.

2 months ago