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Luxury Hotels in China Pledge to Clean Up Their Acts After Social Media Outcry

Luxury Hotels in China Pledge to Clean Up Their Acts After Social Media Outcry

Eric Lam and Huang Zhe, Bloomberg

Hidden-camera videos of housekeepers acting badly at Chinese luxury hotels pop up from time to time. But a new video that's gone viral on social media shows workers using the same sponges to clean cups and sinks. Brands need to take more active precautions.

8 hours ago

Reinvention of Hostels and 6 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

Reinvention of Hostels and 6 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

This week in hospitality, we have a deep dive on the evolution of hostels, which are now undergoing some uneasy corporatization. Then we looked at the departure of Onefinestay's CEO and Airbnb's slowing growth.

16 hours ago

New York’s Park Lane Hotel Cleared for Sale After Disgraced Malaysian Financier Drops Claim

New York’s Park Lane Hotel Cleared for Sale After Disgraced Malaysian Financier Drops Claim

Edvard Pettersson, Bloomberg

Malaysian financier Low Taek Jho fooled a lot of people at the highest echelons of global finance. It'll take some time before it's all unraveled.

2 days ago

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New Skift Insights Deck: Building a Diversified Distribution Strategy for The Modern Hotel

New Skift Insights Deck: Building a Diversified Distribution Strategy for The Modern Hotel

Sabre + Skift

Today’s hoteliers are grappling with complicated questions about distribution and marketing strategy. What’s the right mix of direct and in-direct? Where should they spend their marketing dollars? How do they create e-commerce experiences that keep visitors on their website? Our new insights deck tries to provide some answers.

2 weeks ago

Japan Reduces Number of Incoming Guest Workers Despite Labor Shortage

Japan Reduces Number of Incoming Guest Workers Despite Labor Shortage

Emi Urabe and Isabel Reynolds, Bloomberg

The hotel and restaurant industries may rely on guest workers, but in Japan, fewer of them will be available and people are watching how companies treat those workers as well.

2 days ago

U.S. Hotels’ Summer Occupancy Saw Second-Largest Drop Since Recession

U.S. Hotels’ Summer Occupancy Saw Second-Largest Drop Since Recession

Dan Peltier, Skift

The United States thankfully had fewer hurricanes this year. But because of that good news, some hotel markets are posting occupancy drops because fewer people needed them this year. That's likely indicative of how soft those markets were before the storms hit.

3 days ago

Onefinestay CEO Departs to Lead Serviced Apartment Brand Sweet Inn

Onefinestay CEO Departs to Lead Serviced Apartment Brand Sweet Inn

Deanna Ting, Skift

We know what you're all thinking: Can Onefinestay be saved? Was AccorHotels' decision to buy a private rental business the right move? Or should it have partnered with one instead?

4 days ago

Airbnb’s Growth Is Slowing Amid Increasing Competition From Booking and Expedia: Report

Airbnb’s Growth Is Slowing Amid Increasing Competition From Booking and Expedia: Report

Deanna Ting, Skift

If Airbnb is indeed seeing a slowdown of its business in more mature markets like Europe and the U.S., that's all the more reason for the company to double down on its efforts in emerging markets like China, and to work on adding more professional inventory, ahem, hotels.

5 days ago

Vacasa Targets Urban Rental Market by Helping Developers Fill Vacant Units

Vacasa Targets Urban Rental Market by Helping Developers Fill Vacant Units

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Vacasa's interest in partnering with property developers to put more short-term rentals in multi-family communities is part of a broader trend toward greater professionalization of the market. But not all of the players entering the market may avoid being bruised in an eventual economic recession.

5 days ago

How Wellness Hospitality Brands Can Succeed Amid Big-City Chaos

How Wellness Hospitality Brands Can Succeed Amid Big-City Chaos

Laura Powell, Skift

Wellness hospitality brands known for their idyllic locations are heading to New York City. Will the temptation of taking a bite out of the Big Apple prove a brand benefit or drawback?

6 days ago

The Big-Money Reinvention of the Humble Hostel: A Skift Deep Dive

The Big-Money Reinvention of the Humble Hostel: A Skift Deep Dive

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Money is flowing into the hostels market and established hotel companies want a piece. Will this new corporatization cost hostels the soul of their original mission?

7 days ago

WebBeds on Shopping Spree for Bedbanks: Should Hotelbeds Be Worried?

WebBeds on Shopping Spree for Bedbanks: Should Hotelbeds Be Worried?

Raini Hamdi, Skift

The acquisition of Destinations of the World seals WebBeds as the second largest B2B bedbank player, but incumbent Hotelbeds need not worry – for a very long time.

7 days ago