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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.

16 hours 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.

1 day 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.

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.

5 hours 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.

3 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.

4 days ago

Oyo Founder Describes U.S. Owner Concerns as ‘Teething Issues’

Oyo Founder Describes U.S. Owner Concerns as ‘Teething Issues’

Raini Hamdi, Skift

A deeper engagement with owners is definitely one of the key things Oyo needs to achieve to address some of its problems. CEO Ritesh Agarwal, who recently took a larger stake in the company, seems to be on the case.

6 days ago

Luxury Travel Has to Make Sense of All 5 Senses

Luxury Travel Has to Make Sense of All 5 Senses

Laura Powell, Skift

In the multisensory world of travel, it's surprising that it's taken so long for luxury operators to realize that appealing to all five senses is quite sensible.

6 days ago

Marriott CEO Sorenson Offers Update on Cancer Treatment

Marriott CEO Sorenson Offers Update on Cancer Treatment

Nancy Trejos, Skift

Marriott keeps growing despite a drop in earnings this quarter. CEO Arne Sorenson is optimistic, even as he prepares for surgery to treat his pancreatic cancer. Sorenson isn't missing his morning workouts, and said he would be healthy for the next earnings call in 2020.

6 days ago

Case Studies in Wellness Tourism That Go Beyond the Spa: New Skift Research

Case Studies in Wellness Tourism That Go Beyond the Spa: New Skift Research

Meghan Carty, Skift Research

Wellness tourism is here for the long term. Understanding what it is today can help stakeholders find their place in this booming sector.

6 days ago

What Luxe Hospitality Can Learn About Engaging the Senses From a Live-Fire Chef

What Luxe Hospitality Can Learn About Engaging the Senses From a Live-Fire Chef

Colin Nagy, Skift

The state of luxury is evolving and morphing. And the commonality of those who are forging resonant experiences is that they are looking outside of some of the tried-and-true formulas, mining heightened sensory territories that evoke something deeper in guests.

6 days ago

Boutique Hotels Say They Face Unique Challenges Going Plastics-Free

Boutique Hotels Say They Face Unique Challenges Going Plastics-Free

Micheline Maynard, Skift

For boutique hotels to cut back on plastics, customers have to demand it — and then cooperate.

7 days ago