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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Rosewood Hotels Aims to Double Luxury Footprint This Decade

Rosewood practices arbitrage, luxury-hotel style. The company seems to believe that the three most important words in hospitality real estate are experience, experience, and experience.

Rosewood Hotels Aims to Double Luxury Footprint This Decade

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Hilton Grand Vacations Sees Inflation Boosting Timeshare Sales

They've got a pitch for you. What's more, you won't enter any commitments by reading this personal preview of their strategy.

Hilton Grand Vacations Sees Inflation Boosting Timeshare Sales

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Travelzoo Owner Aims to Invest $10 Million to Fund Metaverse Experiences

Travelzoo, a hotel and package deal publisher, said in a financial filing on Tuesday that it would ask its stockholders to approve a $10 million cash investment that would let its founder increase his ownership and help the company fund the metaverse experiences scouting business it began this year.  The subsidiary suffered $63 million in…

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Why Small Luxury Hotels Think Tiny Is Mighty in the Post-Pandemic Era

Demand for “small, mindful" travel is supposedly on the upswing, and Small Luxury Hotels of the World is looking to take advantage. But can the marketing organization move the needle in the shadow of giant hotel groups?

Why Small Luxury Hotels Think Tiny Is Mighty in the Post-Pandemic Era

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Standard International CEO Says Lifestyle Hotel Growth Plan Isn’t ‘Drag and Drop’

Standard chief executive Amber Asher is one of the smartest people in hotels. But The Standard International has so much going on it, we wonder if the company can manage it all.

Standard International CEO Says Lifestyle Hotel Growth Plan Isn’t ‘Drag and Drop’

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Trip.com Group Taps $1.5 Billion Loan Tied to Green Targets

Trip.com Group said on Friday it had tapped a $1.5 billion sustainability-linked loan facility, meaning that the financing terms link the debt's interest rates to the Chinese online travel giant's performance against specific environmental targets. The Shanghai-based company will use three-year dual-tranche term loan facility to refinance some of its debt, and the rest for…

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Yanolja Profit Rises as Travel Rebounds in Korea and Asia Pacific

Yanolja said this week it expected that a post-pandemic rebound in international travel will continue to boost its twin businesses of online travel sales via a superapp and software sales to hotels and other travel companies. The South Korea-based startup has made progress on both ambitions since 2011, when it received a $1.7 billion investment…

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Asia Pacific Set to See Strong Hotel Development

Swire Hotels, Pan Pacific, Mandarin Oriental, Hotel Lotte, and Accor all announced notable expansions or upcoming openings in Asia Pacific, a region that will boom once China's international tourists return.

Asia Pacific Set to See Strong Hotel Development

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Four Seasons Debuts Naviva Tented Experiences

True, the world already has its niche glamping products. But when the traditionalist Four Seasons also blurs the lines between indoors and out by adopting tented experiences, hotel designers worldwide will take notice.

Four Seasons Debuts Naviva Tented Experiences

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Kerzner to Debut Fitness Lifestyle Hotel Brand Siro, Starting in Dubai

Kerzner International has unveiled its new brand Siro, a set of fitness-themed lifestyle hotels. The developer said on Wednesday that it has slated to open its first property in a tower in One Za’abeel, a luxury community in Dubai, U.A.E., in the last months of 2023. Kerzner, a developer and operator of hotels, casinos, and…