Hotels

Choice Hotels Touts Its Tech Partnerships with Google and Amazon

Choice Hotels Touts Its Tech Partnerships with Google and Amazon

Deanna Ting, Skift

Will voice-enabled booking for hotels actually take off? Guess we'll find out first with Choice Hotels' partnership with Google.

1 day ago

Trump Family Blames Politics for Failed Hotels Expansion

Trump Family Blames Politics for Failed Hotels Expansion

Shahien Nasiripour, Bloomberg

The Trumps can blame politics, but it's a bad business decision for any hotelier to flag under a controversial brand when there are dozens of others with more robust distribution networks and stronger consumer awareness available to choose from.

1 day ago

Hyatt Is Sticking to Its Asset-Lighter Plan

Hyatt Is Sticking to Its Asset-Lighter Plan

Deanna Ting, Skift

Hyatt CEO Mark Hoplamazian to investors on earnings day: Trust us, the plan is working.

2 days ago

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Executive Q&A: How ibis Is Making Moves to Become an Experiential Brand

Executive Q&A: How ibis Is Making Moves to Become an Experiential Brand

AccorHotels + Skift

In the past, economy hotels have often been constrained in terms of the designs, experiences, and personalized offerings they could provide guests. But ibis is taking steps to prove that economy brands can compete when it comes to experiential offerings.

1 week ago

Alibaba-Backed Shiji Acquires IcePortal in a Bid to Manage Digital Hotel Content

Alibaba-Backed Shiji Acquires IcePortal in a Bid to Manage Digital Hotel Content

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Shiji, the tech conglomerate with an investment from Alibaba, continues to snap up companies in a bid for hotel tech supremacy. It has nabbed IcePortal in the wake of that company's arch-rival Leonardo being snatched up last November by tech conglomerate Jonas.

2 days ago

Wyndham Hotels Still Struggles to Add Improved Rooms in U.S.

Wyndham Hotels Still Struggles to Add Improved Rooms in U.S.

Isaac Carey, Skift

The hotel conglomerate shouldn't rely too much on one brand to drive domestic growth, but so far that's exactly what's happening.

3 days ago

What a Healthy Hilton Says About the Hotel Industry Now

What a Healthy Hilton Says About the Hotel Industry Now

Deanna Ting, Skift

As we reach (or surpass) peak cycle, it seems like everyone is a bit of a hypochondriac these days when it comes to the health of the hotel industry.

3 days ago

InterContinental Hotels Makes Asia Luxury Push With Six Senses Acquisition

InterContinental Hotels Makes Asia Luxury Push With Six Senses Acquisition

Raini Hamdi, Skift

InterContinental Hotel Group’s purchase of Six Senses Hotels Resorts Spas is consistent with its drive to boost its luxury portfolio with small yet well-defined brands that do not cannibalize one another. So smart.

4 days ago

How Hyatt Is Making Waves: Latest Skift Research Report

How Hyatt Is Making Waves: Latest Skift Research Report

Rebecca Stone, Skift Research

As earnings season for 2018 results for the hotel companies begins, Skift Research is out with a deep dive report on Hyatt assessing some of the company's key developments. With the company's recent acquisitions in the management space, dispositions of owned real estate, and increased focus on wellness offerings, we think Hyatt is smartly positioning itself for an uncertain future.

4 days ago

How to Make Improving the Guest Experience a Joyful Task

How to Make Improving the Guest Experience a Joyful Task

Colin Nagy, Skift

Meeting guest experience requirements is too often a series of boring checklists. But improving the end-to-end experience can be a joyful, creative project that involves everyone from the general manager to the most junior staff. Here’s a way to think about it.

6 days ago

Airbnb Hires New Transportation Head and 5 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

Airbnb Hires New Transportation Head and 5 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

Isaac Carey, Skift

This week in hospitality, Airbnb picks a former Delta president to lead transportation, budget hotel chain Oyo enters the U.S. market, and Hilton CEO discusses what it means to "own a customer."

1 week ago

Grand Hyatt New York Will Give Way to a New Hotel and Retail Space

Grand Hyatt New York Will Give Way to a New Hotel and Retail Space

Patrick Clark and Lily Katz, Bloomberg

Midtown Manhattan is rapidly changing, thanks to new zoning laws, and Trump might be feeling edged out. One of his first big projects is being torn down forever, and who knows — maybe he'll get nostalgic. There will be taller buildings, and the Grand Central train station will get a facelift.

1 week ago