Hotels

Marriott and Accor Each Have a New Partnership With European Football Giants

Marriott and Accor Each Have a New Partnership With European Football Giants

Isaac Carey, Skift

The hotel giants are harnessing the world's favorite sport to get the word out about their new loyalty programs. This is a smart move which should give the brands lots of visibility, and entice soccer fans.

5 hours ago

Accor Rebrands and Launches a New Loyalty Program

Accor Rebrands and Launches a New Loyalty Program

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Accor's Sebastien Bazin seems to be less keen about acquisitions these days. Instead, he is looking at Accor internally and aims to fix the chain's rather dismal loyalty program. Sports, dining, and entertainment are key experiences that the new loyalty program will address.

8 hours ago

9 UK Hiltons to Be Sold to Family of Israeli Tycoon

9 UK Hiltons to Be Sold to Family of Israeli Tycoon

Jack Sidders, Bloomberg

The sale of the Zinc portfolio reflects an unabated appetite for UK hotels, despite Brexit woes.

1 day 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.

2 weeks ago

Billionaire Investor Carl Icahn Pushes Caesars to Sell Itself

Billionaire Investor Carl Icahn Pushes Caesars to Sell Itself

Christopher Palmeri and Scott Deveau, Bloomberg

This is a big deal, considering Icahn's nearly 10 percent stake in the company, and his history of mergers and acquisitions in the casino industry. Is this the beginning of the end for Caesars as an independent company?

2 days ago

Wellness Represents Big Opportunity for Hyatt: Latest Skift Research

Wellness Represents Big Opportunity for Hyatt: Latest Skift Research

Rebecca Stone, Skift Research

Arguably, no one else in the hospitality industry has made wellness as much of a priority and focus as Hyatt has. Our latest research suggests there's a lot of opportunity for the company to tap into this quickly growing segment to drive increased customer loyalty.

2 days ago

InterContinental Launching an All-Suite Brand

InterContinental Launching an All-Suite Brand

Patrick Whyte, Skift

IHG already has a couple of all-suite brands in its mainstream segment, so how will its new offering be any different? We'll have to wait to find out.

2 days ago

Wyndham Is Changing Back Its Loyalty Program to Be More Like Everyone Else’s

Wyndham Is Changing Back Its Loyalty Program to Be More Like Everyone Else’s

Deanna Ting, Skift

Does this mean that Wyndham's experiment in creating a simple, straightforward loyalty program for the everyday traveler failed? Maybe, but not necessarily. It just means that there are some laws in travel loyalty programs that are there for a reason.

3 days ago

More U.S. Snowbirds Are Favoring Resorts Over Timeshares

More U.S. Snowbirds Are Favoring Resorts Over Timeshares

Sarah Firshein, Bloomberg

Forget the timeshare condo. There’s a new, cold-weather version of “summering” abroad, if you have the money: Five-star resort properties that are close to the equator.

3 days ago

Best Western Plugs Luxury Gap by Buying WorldHotels

Best Western Plugs Luxury Gap by Buying WorldHotels

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Is this the beginning of a new cycle of global hotel chains buying independent hotel groups? As competition intensifies for soft brands, more of such consolidations should not surprise anyone.

3 days ago

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.

6 days 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.

6 days ago