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Hotel News

Extensive coverage of news stories specifically curated for travel industry professionals seeking to stay informed about the latest developments, trends, and opportunities in the global hotel sector. The archive provides a comprehensive overview of the industry, covering various aspects of hotel management, operations, guest experience, and marketing. In-depth analysis and expert opinions are presented by Skift editors and contributors, examining the challenges and opportunities faced by hoteliers in different regions and market segments. The archive also highlights the influence of global events, regulations, and changing traveler preferences on the industry.

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Tips from a lawyer on subletting your apartment on Airbnb

Here's some expert advice: Don't be sneaky when you're renting or, at the very least, make sure your short-term tenants aren't left in the lurch when your landlord discovers you're violating your lease.


“We take competition law very seriously,” says IHG chief about price-fixing claims

Despite its involvement in the alleged activity, Expedia is off the hook since it's cooperating with the regulators rather than pushing back like IHG.


Mecca’s hotel industry will expand by 13,500 rooms in the next 5 years

A Saudi Arabian development company plans to help the holy city accommodate the more than 10 million religious visitors that arrive each year with 35 higher-end hotels next to the Grand Mosque.


Hotel guests shouldn’t feel guilty about stocking up on the free high-end toiletries

More than half of surveyed travelers admit to taking home toiletries - but that's just fine with these upscale brands that want travelers to try (and get addicted to) their products.


If you’re booking a hotel in Amsterdam, go through a booking site, not brand’s own

Price parity between brands' own sites and OTAs in the U.S. can be hit and miss at times, but in Europe it is all over the place.


Hoteliers argue against new luxury tax on five-star hotels in New Delhi

The government's plan to draw revenue from rich tourists is a blow to the hotel industry in an already wavering economy and may be enough to drive tourists into other Indian states, or even countries.


Aussie hotels being snapped up by Asian buyers from Hong Kong and Malaysia

Hotel occupancy rates in Australia are highest it has been in decades, driven by a mining-related business travel boom. The potential returns are driving these purchases.


Airbnb gets more U.S. competition as 9flats snaps up iStopOver

9flats is Airbnb's prime competitor in Europe and, unlike copy-cat side Wimdu, has some tested travel minds behind the steering wheel. Look for some fun movement in the U.S. as they begin to seriously compete.


InterContinental to pay half billion dollar dividend and half billion share buyback, too

The move by IHG to shed real estate assets and focus entirely on management contracts has some upsides, but holding on to landmark properties has its benefits, too -- which is why smart people are eager to snap them up.


Hotel guests are attracted by free Wi-Fi and heavy discounts

Guest like to feel that they're not being nickel and dimed, and there's no better way to do that then throw them some free Wi-Fi and an extra night for free.