Hotels

CEO Interview: Barry Sternlicht Is His Own Biggest Critic

CEO Interview: Barry Sternlicht Is His Own Biggest Critic

Deanna Ting, Skift

Being a perfectionist isn't always a bad thing, especially if Sternlicht's hotel history is any proof of that.

22 hours ago

IHG CEO: Our Focus Is on Building Up the Brands We Have

IHG CEO: Our Focus Is on Building Up the Brands We Have

Deanna Tng, Skift

Unlike some of its peers, IHG isn't quite as interested in acquiring new brands as it is in further developing the brands and properties it already has, as well as improving overall growth and quality for the long run.

1 day ago

Vail Resorts to Buy Vermont’s Stowe Mountain Ski Operations for $50 Million

Vail Resorts to Buy Vermont’s Stowe Mountain Ski Operations for $50 Million

Lisa Du and Sonali Basak, Bloomberg

Vail Resorts continues its grand continental expansion.

2 days ago

Skift Forum Europe: Design Hotels CEO on the Independent Spirit in Hospitality

Skift Forum Europe: Design Hotels CEO on the Independent Spirit in Hospitality

Greg Oates, Skift

Early on, Design Hotels narrowed in on the concept that innovative design was the foundation for any good brand experience. The company built on that by promoting the member hotel owners as expert curators of their local neighborhoods.

2 days ago

Airbnb Acquires Luxury Retreats and 8 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

Airbnb Acquires Luxury Retreats and 8 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

These are the hospitality trends we were talking about this week.

5 days ago

Hyatt Can’t Wait to Expand New Wellness Brand Miraval

Hyatt Can’t Wait to Expand New Wellness Brand Miraval

Brian Sumers, Skift

Hyatt just now realized consumers like wellness brands? That seems hard to believe, as this has been a focus among travelers for a long time. But it's good to see Hyatt getting into the game.

6 days ago

Choice Hotels Mulls Options for a Tech Division That Struggled to Break Even

Choice Hotels Mulls Options for a Tech Division That Struggled to Break Even

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Choice talks a good game about its SkyTouch subsidiary. But signs point to continued heartache. Expect the franchisor to focus instead on the vacation rental software it gained by acquiring Dutch startup Maxxton plus its own reservation system.

6 days ago

Marriott CEO Says U.S. Travel Ban Financial Impact Is Minor, But May Deter Groups

Marriott CEO Says U.S. Travel Ban Financial Impact Is Minor, But May Deter Groups

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Companies like Marriott International, with its strong global presence, are in a good position to capitalize on hotel demand that may shift away from the U.S. due to political concerns.

7 days ago

Airbnb Acquires Vacation Rental Company Luxury Retreats, Officially Moves Into Luxury

Airbnb Acquires Vacation Rental Company Luxury Retreats, Officially Moves Into Luxury

Deanna Ting, Skift

... And here comes Airbnb Lux.

7 days ago

Hilton CEO: Spinoffs Have Freed Us Up for Organic Growth, More Direct Bookings

Hilton CEO: Spinoffs Have Freed Us Up for Organic Growth, More Direct Bookings

Deanna Ting, Skift

For Hilton, focusing on building direct customer relationships, improving loyalty, and launching new brands will always be top priorities, at least for this year.

7 days ago

A Portuguese Hotel Group Is Charging Below-Market Rates, Angering Rivals

A Portuguese Hotel Group Is Charging Below-Market Rates, Angering Rivals

Henrique Almeida, Bloomberg

That's capitalism. Private equity firms swooped in to buy hotels when the market was weak and now they are positioned to undercut the competition. No one ever accused private equity of playing fair.

1 week ago

Hotel Revenue Managers Say They Want a Revolution

Hotel Revenue Managers Say They Want a Revolution

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Change has not come as fast as a 2010 survey had predicted. This study offers a few reasons why, but misses a big one: The industry is in desperate need of loud champions of new techniques and strategies.

1 week ago