Coronavirus and Hospitality

In-depth reporting and breaking news on how COVID-19 is impacting hotels and short-term rentals in the U.S., Asia, Europe, and other destinations. Read updates on hotel refund policies, labor issues, political developments, and more. For broader coverage of coronavirus and its impact on the travel industry, please visit our liveblog.

From Tubs to Toilets, Wyndham’s New Vietnam Hotel Opens With Gold-Plated Pizzazz

From Tubs to Toilets, Wyndham’s New Vietnam Hotel Opens With Gold-Plated Pizzazz

Minh Nguyen and Ed Davies, Reuters

If you're going to open a hotel in the current market conditions, you'll need to make a big splash. Exactly like this.

1 day ago

U.S. Hospitality Jobs Rose Sharply in June But Hotels Still Operating With Half the Staff

U.S. Hospitality Jobs Rose Sharply in June But Hotels Still Operating With Half the Staff

Cameron Sperance, Skift

A strong jobs report is a good sign for the U.S. economy but may hinder hotel organizations in their push for further government stimulus.

2 days ago

A European Summer Without Americans Threatens Already Struggling Luxury Hotels

A European Summer Without Americans Threatens Already Struggling Luxury Hotels

Cameron Sperance, Skift

The EU's ban on American travelers is another revenue hit for European hoteliers, but also an opportunity to build up a domestic travel base.

3 days ago

Could This Be the End of Hostels in Singapore?

Could This Be the End of Hostels in Singapore?

Raini Hamdi, Skift

The spectre of vanishing hostels in Singapore is a dreadful one. The city needs these establishments, which keep its accommodation landscape affordable and vibrant.

3 days ago

IHG and Accor Leaders See Short-Term Virus Response Fueling Longer-Term European Hotel Strategies

IHG and Accor Leaders See Short-Term Virus Response Fueling Longer-Term European Hotel Strategies

Matthew Parsons, Skift

The hotel sector is nothing if not inventive, and IHG and Accor have bold ideas to take advantage of what's shaping up to be a mostly domestic summer season.

5 days ago

What Global Hoteliers Need to Learn From China’s Hotel Recovery … and Hiccup

What Global Hoteliers Need to Learn From China’s Hotel Recovery … and Hiccup

Cameron Sperance, Skift

The U.S. and China have taken similar hotel recovery paths following coronavirus shutdowns, but how U.S. leaders respond to recent case spikes may determine if the transpacific rebound correlation continues.

5 days ago

It Won’t Get Better in the Second Half of 2020

It Won’t Get Better in the Second Half of 2020

Rafat Ali, Skift

Let's start planning 2021, assuming most of our businesses get there ...

5 days ago

New York City’s Hotel Woes Checked In Long Before Coronavirus

New York City’s Hotel Woes Checked In Long Before Coronavirus

Cameron Sperance, Skift

The Big Apple's hotel building bonanza of recent years swamped the market with an overabundance of supply. But even now with permanent closures expected and fewer rooms available, hotel operators won't be able to price up in a way to turn big profits.

1 week ago

Empty Rooms Move Marriott and Other Chains Closer to Flexible Pricing for Corporate Guests

Empty Rooms Move Marriott and Other Chains Closer to Flexible Pricing for Corporate Guests

Matthew Parsons, Skift

Travel buyers stand to gain from dynamic pricing, but this could just be a quick win if hoteliers take a longer term view of that pricing after a recovery.

1 week ago

Marriott CEO Says Nations Not Having Strong Coronavirus Policies Hurt Businesses Like His

Marriott CEO Says Nations Not Having Strong Coronavirus Policies Hurt Businesses Like His

Cameron Sperance, Skift

The U.S. hotel industry may have strong momentum behind its initial recovery, but strong government leadership will be key in keeping the recovery consistent.

1 week ago

See How the Tourism Rebound Is All But Stalled: Skift Recovery Index

See How the Tourism Rebound Is All But Stalled: Skift Recovery Index

Wouter Geerts, Skift

To find the paths out of this crisis, more and better data really is key. We have added more data points to better track the travel industry’s recovery, but it's not particularly good news.

1 week ago

Hotels Could Face $9 Billion in New Costs to Stay Squeaky Clean

Hotels Could Face $9 Billion in New Costs to Stay Squeaky Clean

Cameron Sperance, Skift

Hotel owners face rising operational costs to keep up with new coronavirus cleaning standards. While some technology platforms could trim labor costs, these offsets aren't expected to hit until tech-savvy business travel returns.

1 week ago