Sean O'Neill

Sean O’Neill is Skift's senior hospitality editor, reporting on hotels. Send him news tips at [email protected]. He's been a full-time journalist for two decades. He lives in Washington, D.C. Stop him before he starts another home improvement project.

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Hotels

IHG Forecasts Loyalty and Hotel Pipeline Growth

CEO Elie Maalouf pointed to early results suggesting that IHG's recent marketing efforts and brand development work are leading to growth in a virtuous flywheel for the hotel group.

IHG Forecasts Loyalty and Hotel Pipeline Growth

Hotels

Andaz Brand Campaign: The Story of Hyatt’s Luxury Lifestyle Hotels

Hyatt's brand muse Crystal Vinisse Thomas reveals the thinking behind her seven-figure marketing campaign for luxury lifestyle brand Andaz.

Andaz Brand Campaign: The Story of Hyatt’s Luxury Lifestyle Hotels

Hotels

Wyndham’s Latest Annual Report: 8 Things We Learned

Eight things jumped out at us from Wyndham annual financial filing. One surprise was that it has introduced an AI risk disclosure. That is something we expect will become commonplace in travel company filings.

Wyndham’s Latest Annual Report: 8 Things We Learned

Hotels

Hyatt Releases Upbeat Hotel Metrics, Delays Conference Call

Hyatt didn't provide a full report on its 2023 performance, but it did release some key numbers for the full year that suggested strong momentum.

Hyatt Releases Upbeat Hotel Metrics, Delays Conference Call

Hotels

Wyndham Results Hurt By Cost and ‘Noise’ of Choice Hotels’ Hostile Bid

Wyndham executives said a Choice Hotels offer to buy it has sandbagged them with work in rebuffing the offer and addressing regulators' concerns. The bill so far is $75 million.

Wyndham Results Hurt By Cost and ‘Noise’ of Choice Hotels’ Hostile Bid

Hotels

Marriott and Hilton: 12 Takeaways From Their Annual Reports

A dozen things jumped out at Skift when looking at Marriott and Hilton's annual financial filings. Points range from the performance of their loyalty programs to how they're taking market share.

Marriott and Hilton: 12 Takeaways From Their Annual Reports

Hotels

MGM Resorts Got Las Vegas Boost From Super Bowl and F1

Las Vegas's hosting of the Super Bowl helped MGM Resorts post records in its hotel revenues. Demand may stay strong as the company expects to fully roll out a Marriott licensing tie-up by the end of March.

MGM Resorts Got Las Vegas Boost From Super Bowl and F1

Hotels

Marriott: Strong 2023 With Record Luxury Hotels Deals

The volatility of the day-to-day horse race can obscure the bigger picture: Marriott's management delivered stellar results in 2024, with an effective 48% profit margin.

Marriott: Strong 2023 With Record Luxury Hotels Deals

Tour Operators

TUI Books Record Revenue Thanks to Cruises and Dynamic Packaging

As TUI hits records for revenue, the tour operator highlighted its growing use of dynamic packaging and its increasing direct inventory deals with low-cost airlines and hotels.

TUI Books Record Revenue Thanks to Cruises and Dynamic Packaging

Online Travel

Tripadvisor in Play: Forms Committee to Consider Sale

In theory, Tripadvisor going private might give the reviews site the space to regain its balance outside the glare of quarterly reports.

Tripadvisor in Play: Forms Committee to Consider Sale