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Vrbo Shuffles Leadership as Latest Expedia Group Reorganization Moves Take Shape

Vrbo Shuffles Leadership as Latest Expedia Group Reorganization Moves Take Shape

Dennis Schaal, Skift

No pain, no gain, right? Expedia's Vrbo unit, which is almost an afterthought when it comes to discussions about Airbnb, Booking.com, and Google, has been undergoing a difficult transition. In itself, changing the leadership isn't the answer, but along with other changes, perhaps it won't hurt.

14 hours ago

Hyatt Joins Other Big Hotel Chains by Pledging to Eliminate Small Plastic Bottles

Hyatt Joins Other Big Hotel Chains by Pledging to Eliminate Small Plastic Bottles

Nancy Trejos, Skift

Hyatt joins Marriott and IHG by promising to get rid of single-use plastic bottles of shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, and lotion with large-format bathroom amenities. Hotels are wisely promising to do what they can to mitigate waste. Let's see if they can make their deadlines.

2 days ago

MGM on Hunt for Investor to Join Las Vegas Property Venture

MGM on Hunt for Investor to Join Las Vegas Property Venture

Christopher Palmeri and Gillian Tan, Bloomberg

Like other hospitality companies, MGM is pivoting towards an asset-light model and has spent the last year or so preparing for an economic downturn. It should be in good shape if the worst happens.

2 days ago

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How Small, Independent Hotels Are Using Tech to Be More Competitive

How Small, Independent Hotels Are Using Tech to Be More Competitive

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Independent hotels struggle to keep up with larger hotels and chains when it comes to adopting the latest technology, thanks to high costs and complexity of implementation. However, they stand to benefit substantially if they adopt the right systems.

2 days ago

Hyatt Bids for Kimpton Hotels Owned by Xenia

Hyatt Bids for Kimpton Hotels Owned by Xenia

Patrick Clark and Gillian Tan, Bloomberg

Sometimes the only way to step up presence in cities is to buy and rebrand. InterContinental Hotels Group won't like this, as Hyatt can terminate the management contracts if it buys Xenia's Kimpton assets.

2 days ago

Hostel or Not? Shared Rooms Pop Up in Traditional Hotels

Hostel or Not? Shared Rooms Pop Up in Traditional Hotels

Nancy Trejos, Skift

Lobbies are no longer the only spaces hotel guests can share. Now some hotels are offering travelers the choice of sharing guest rooms. But will the shared spaces be enough to lure millennial travelers away from the likes of Airbnb?

2 days ago

Oyo CEO Claims Backer SoftBank Isn’t Trying to Sway Its Hotel Strategy

Oyo CEO Claims Backer SoftBank Isn’t Trying to Sway Its Hotel Strategy

Dennis Schaal, Skift

WeWork's implosion is putting pressure on all of SoftBank's investments, Oyo included. If it's not changing course already, the budget hotel chain may soon have to decide whether, as CEO Ritesh Agarwal put it, to grow fast or grow right.

3 days ago

Airbnb Now Completely Overwhelms Some U.S. Cities

Airbnb Now Completely Overwhelms Some U.S. Cities

Luke McGrath, Bloomberg

It's not all bad news, though. Some smaller cities, looking to grow their local tourism market, have developed a good working relationship with the startup.

3 days ago

Oyo Founder Tackles Hotelier Concerns and 15 Other Top Hospitality Stories This Week

Oyo Founder Tackles Hotelier Concerns and 15 Other Top Hospitality Stories This Week

Jasmine Ganaishlal and Spencer Lee, Skift

This week in hospitality, Oyo CEO Ritesh Agarwal is focusing on improving problems brought up by hotel owners. Meanwhile, Accor has entered a new partnership with Alibaba Group to help the company develop tech to appeal to the Chinese outbound market.

3 days ago

Las Vegas’ Nightclub Market Proves Too Tough for the Palms Casino

Las Vegas’ Nightclub Market Proves Too Tough for the Palms Casino

Christopher Palmeri, Bloomberg

In a city with so much entertainment and stimulation, nightclubs are proving to be a challenge to keep open in Las Vegas. The Kaos nightclub at the Palms casino is the latest casualty.

4 days ago

Hotel Companies Are Feeling the Pinch From Political Tensions in China

Hotel Companies Are Feeling the Pinch From Political Tensions in China

Anisha Sircar, Bloomberg

The political tensions in Hong Kong and China are having implications for the hospitality industry all over the world. There is no clear end in sight.

6 days ago

Accor and Alibaba Form Partnership to Attract Chinese Travelers

Accor and Alibaba Form Partnership to Attract Chinese Travelers

Nancy Trejos, Skift

Accor has formed a partnership with online marketplace Alibaba to make it easier for Chinese travelers to book rooms and other services. It's a smart move to appeal to Alibaba's 700 million high-spending consumers who are eager to travel around the world.

6 days ago