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InterContinental Hotels Still in the Market For Small Acquisitions

InterContinental Hotels Still in the Market For Small Acquisitions

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Never say never but it doesn't sound like IHG is in serious shopping mode.

1 day ago

Travel Trade Group Fights Back

Travel Trade Group Fights Back

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Travel agents (or advisors) were supposed to go the way of the fax machine. But in the internet era, they've managed to find ways to fight back.

4 days ago

How Nihi Hotels Adds a Wild Side to Luxury Travel

How Nihi Hotels Adds a Wild Side to Luxury Travel

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Modern luxury doesn't necessarily need overly formal staff and a stuffy atmosphere. It can be "consistently inconsistent," and yet still be totally unforgettable.

4 days ago

Parks Operator Merlin Starts to See Recovery in London Market

Parks Operator Merlin Starts to See Recovery in London Market

Patrick Whyte, Skift

It looks like things are starting to turn around for Merlin in its key London market. We'll have to wait until its annual results later this year for the full picture.

4 days ago

Aer Lingus Taps New CEO From Within Parent IAG

Aer Lingus Taps New CEO From Within Parent IAG

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Stephen Kavanagh is staying on for a couple more months and will then serve as a non-executive director, both of which imply an amicable decision. New CEO Sean Doyle inherits an airline in decent financial shape but one that has its fair share of competitive challenges.

1 week ago

5 Things We’ve Learned About Airbnb From Its UK Accounts

5 Things We’ve Learned About Airbnb From Its UK Accounts

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Airbnb is clearly growing very fast. But before it goes public, it will have to sort out regulatory issues like the one it faces in the UK.

1 week ago

The World of Luxury Tours and Activities

The World of Luxury Tours and Activities

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Experiences are becoming a much bigger part of the travel industry and luxury hotels are adding them to their portfolios. The next stage is connecting them to their loyalty programs.

2 weeks ago

The Advantage of Super Exclusivity

The Advantage of Super Exclusivity

Patrick Whyte, Skift

As luxury travel continues to democratize, brands that want to attract the super-wealthy need to come up with new and better strategies.

3 weeks ago

Four Seasons CEO to Suitors: Thanks, But No Thanks

Four Seasons CEO to Suitors: Thanks, But No Thanks

Patrick Whyte, Skift

As a large independent hotel company with a distinctive luxury brand, Four Seasons is always going to be a takeover target but it sounds like it is more likely to be a buyer rather than a seller.

3 weeks ago

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels CEO Exits After Three Months

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels CEO Exits After Three Months

Patrick Whyte, Skift

A CEO leaving after such a short period suggests that all is not well at the hotel company.

3 weeks ago

Ian Schrager on How Hotels Get Technology Wrong

Ian Schrager on How Hotels Get Technology Wrong

Patrick Whyte, Skift

The hospitality industry shouldn't forget its humanity, while continuing to innovate - just in a sensible and appropriate way. Strong message.

3 weeks ago

African Low-Cost Airline Fastjet Is Running on Fumes

African Low-Cost Airline Fastjet Is Running on Fumes

Patrick Whyte, Skift

It looks like the end is nigh for beleaguered Fastjet. Unless investors are willing to put up more cash for an airline that shows no sign of profitability six years after launching.

3 weeks ago