Sean O'Neill

Sean O’Neill is our senior hospitality editor. He lives in Washington, D.C. Stop him before he starts another home improvement project.

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Hotels

Pro-invest Group to Sell $700 Million Worth of Hotels in Australia

Pro-invest's sale of eight select-service hotels in Australia underscores strong demand for hotel deals from institutional investors. Also, Truist talks to Wyndham about acquisitions, Marriott discusses supply chain problems, and more.

Pro-invest Group to Sell $700 Million Worth of Hotels in Australia

Hotels

Wyndham’s App Update Is Made for Road Trips

Hundreds of thousands of Americans regularly struggle to plan long-distance trips with stops at hotels that are pet friendly or have parking for large trucks. Wyndham's new tool aims to address this hassle.

Wyndham’s App Update Is Made for Road Trips

Hotels

Big Hotel Brand Interest in All-Inclusive Resorts May Be Overheated

The conventional wisdom of big hotel brands is that buying all-inclusive resorts may be as relaxing as staying at one. But what if big hotel brands are in for a disappointing experience at the buffet bar?

Big Hotel Brand Interest in All-Inclusive Resorts May Be Overheated

Hotels

India Enjoys Hotel Development Boom as Room Rates Regain 2019 Levels

In India, deal activity is strong for Indian Hotels Company (IHCL), Pride Group, and India’s first publicly traded real-estate investment trust, Embassy Office Parks. The country is on track to become the third largest lodging market in the world within about a decade.

India Enjoys Hotel Development Boom as Room Rates Regain 2019 Levels

Startups

Japan Airlines Gave This Startup Travel Subscription Service a Lift

Japanese startup Kabuk Style has thousands of travelers booking hotels and guesthouses via subscription. A recent promotion with the airline JAL boosted the company's profile.

Japan Airlines Gave This Startup Travel Subscription Service a Lift

Hotels

Marriott to Debut Ad Network to Reach Travelers Via App and Room TVs

Marriott's move to let advertisers reach its guests with Yahoo's help is really interesting. The hotel brand has a few great channels for brands to efficiently target travelers via its app and, eventually, its guestroom TVs.

Marriott to Debut Ad Network to Reach Travelers Via App and Room TVs

Hotels

Investors Prod Hotel Leaders on Climate Promises

Some green-eyed investors are adopting new tactics to coax hotel owners and operators to reduce their carbon dioxide emissions.

Investors Prod Hotel Leaders on Climate Promises

Hotels

Private Equity Firm Brookfield to Pay $3.8 Billion for Watermark Lodging Trust

The Brookfield deal shows that investment interest in hotel portfolios remains strong. Analysts at Baird said that Xenia Hotels has a portfolio with similar characteristics to Watermark's.

Private Equity Firm Brookfield to Pay $3.8 Billion for Watermark Lodging Trust

Short-Term Rentals

Airbnb Strives to Give Travelers More Confidence in What They Book

Airbnb has recognized that it needs to bolster the confidence of many travelers that short-term rentals and vacation homes are exactly as advertised. It's taken a big stride in that direction, said Catherine Powell, global head of hosting at the online travel agency.

Airbnb Strives to Give Travelers More Confidence in What They Book

Hotels

Hyatt Expects Luxury Travel Rebound to Stay Strong Despite Market Turmoil

Pity Hyatt. Just as the pandemic's dark clouds are lifting, market turmoil overshadows its optimism. Yet that isn't dimming Hyatt executives' outlook.

Hyatt Expects Luxury Travel Rebound to Stay Strong Despite Market Turmoil