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Sandals Resorts Explores $4.5 Billion Sale in Booming All-Inclusive Market

Sandals Resorts Explores $4.5 Billion Sale in Booming All-Inclusive Market

Patrick Clark and Gillian Tan, Bloomberg

With Marriott recently expanding into the all-inclusive market, the sector is clearly having a moment. What better way to exploit this new attention than by initiating a sales process. Sandals Resorts will be hoping it can secure a high price.

7 mins ago

State of the U.S. Economy Isn’t a Worry So Far for Hilton CEO

State of the U.S. Economy Isn’t a Worry So Far for Hilton CEO

Danni Santana, Skift

Hilton CEO Chris Nassetta has always been an optimistic person, but financial markets aren't always so positive thinking.

6 hours ago

Why Accessibility Is the Hotel Industry’s Most Overlooked Asset

Why Accessibility Is the Hotel Industry’s Most Overlooked Asset

Isaac Carey, Skift

One of the largest obstacles for travelers with disabilities is simply a lack of information. Hotels are missing out on a huge segment of the tourism market by neglecting to promote their accessibility features.

8 hours ago

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Executive Q&A: Susanne Hatje of Mandarin Oriental, New York

Executive Q&A: Susanne Hatje of Mandarin Oriental, New York

Mandarin Oriental, New York + Skift

Change is the norm in New York City’s highly competitive luxury hotel sector. But some iconic properties, like Mandarin Oriental, New York, have had remarkable staying power in the eyes of guests. We explore the keys to its success in this executive interview.

1 day ago

Marriott and Expedia Exclusive Agreement Will Retake Control of Wholesale Rates

Marriott and Expedia Exclusive Agreement Will Retake Control of Wholesale Rates

Dennis Schaal, Skift

In an I-just-saw-an-elephant-fly moment, Marriott International will be directing businesses to Expedia Group to access certain Marriott wholesale rates. Bedbanks, tour operators and smaller online travel agencies that play games with room rates are put on notice.

2 days ago

Minor Sues Marriott and 5 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

Minor Sues Marriott and 5 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

This week in hospitality, Minor International is suing Marriott International for a property's "highly disappointing" performance, possibly setting a noteworthy precedent. Then we look at Airbnb's acquisition of HotelTonight ahead of a broader discussion at Skift Global Forum this week.

3 days ago

Tokyo’s Iconic Okura Hotel Is Back With $1 Billion Makeover

Tokyo’s Iconic Okura Hotel Is Back With $1 Billion Makeover

Reed Stevenson, Bloomberg

The famed hotel is best known for hosting foreign leaders, including U.S. presidents. But the rebuild, featuring two new buildings, also offers owners the opportunity to benefit from other mixed-use real estate developments scheduled in the area.

4 days ago

Skift Global Forum Preview: Vacasa Dominates Vacation Rentals With Acquisitions and Digital Tech

Skift Global Forum Preview: Vacasa Dominates Vacation Rentals With Acquisitions and Digital Tech

Danni Santana, Skift

The hospitality industry is still working to figure out the vacation home rental market. Vacasa, the market leader in the space with respect to total managed properties, may just have a leg up on the competition.

5 days ago

Skift Global Forum Preview: Inspirato Pass Offers a Discounted Luxury Ticket Around the World

Skift Global Forum Preview: Inspirato Pass Offers a Discounted Luxury Ticket Around the World

Danni Santana, Skift

The best way for travelers to get the most out of their Inspirato Pass is to book early and often. That way shelling out $30,000 a year for the subscription will essentially pay for itself, given the number of high-end trips customers will wind up taking.

6 days ago

Alternative Accommodations Are Growing Nearly Twice as Fast as Hotels in Europe: New Skift Research

Alternative Accommodations Are Growing Nearly Twice as Fast as Hotels in Europe: New Skift Research

Seth Borko, Skift Research

Alternative accommodations have long been more prominent in Europe than in the U.S. And that sector is only growing larger as it expands more than 1.7 times as fast as hotels on the continent.

6 days ago

Anbang Sells Its U.S. Luxury Hotels to South Korea’s Mirae for $5.8 Billion

Anbang Sells Its U.S. Luxury Hotels to South Korea’s Mirae for $5.8 Billion

Patrick Clark and Gillian Tan, Bloomberg

Anbang bought the U.S. trophy hotels for $5.5 billion in 2016 and now offloads it to Mirae for a little more than $5.8 billion — seems a good price for the South Korean firm.

1 week ago

Boutique Hotel Brands Rethink Grand Opening Events to Loop in Community

Boutique Hotel Brands Rethink Grand Opening Events to Loop in Community

Samantha Shankman, Skift

Boutique brands are discovering that creating splashy grand openings is a way to build buzz while creating community connections. Expect more investment in these one-time celebrations.

1 week ago