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How the Cloud Is Shaking Up Hotel Property Management Tech: New Skift Research

How the Cloud Is Shaking Up Hotel Property Management Tech: New Skift Research

Wouter Geerts, Skift Research

Technological advancements have allowed for new entrants into the property management systems space to offer a viable alternative to incumbent legacy systems. Those systems might be scrambling for now, but they'll catch up. All this can only be a good thing for the PMS and hotel tech space in the long run.

5 hours ago

Hotels Are Confused by Rise of Legal Marijuana: Opportunity or Liability?

Hotels Are Confused by Rise of Legal Marijuana: Opportunity or Liability?

Nancy Trejos, Skift

The legalization of marijuana by states is getting murkier in the eyes of the federal government, which has still not legalized pot. Thirty-three states have, meaning that hotels have to deal with it whether they like it or not. Some hotels are embracing certain forms of cannabis. Others don’t want the potential liability. How do they figure out what to do?

13 hours ago

Hotels Join Fight Against Human Trafficking and 14 Other Top Hospitality Stories This Week

Hotels Join Fight Against Human Trafficking and 14 Other Top Hospitality Stories This Week

Danielle Hyams, Skift

In hospitality news this week, the travel industry is inextricably intertwined with human trafficking. Hotels companies have taken note, and many have partnered with organizations to implement training. But is that enough? Also, the Ace Hotel group consolidated its ownership structure after years of in-fighting following the death of its co-founder.

2 days ago

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How Hilton’s Luxury Brands Are Evolving Their Strategies to Prioritize Food and Beverage-Driven Experiences

How Hilton’s Luxury Brands Are Evolving Their Strategies to Prioritize Food and Beverage-Driven Experiences

Hilton Luxury Group + Skift

Seeking out unique food and beverage experiences while traveling is one trend that has proven to be here to stay — but the focus has shifted from high-end dining to dining that is much more inclusive and democratic. By looking at Hilton Luxury Group’s approach to its food and beverage program, one can witness this change in consumer preference.

1 day ago

Most Big Hotel Chains Are Now Committed on Plastics: Here’s the Problem With Promises

Most Big Hotel Chains Are Now Committed on Plastics: Here’s the Problem With Promises

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

We're drowning in press releases about global hotel companies promising to reduce their reliance on single-use plastics. Most of these items require alternatives though, so what are they?

4 days ago

How Luxury Hospitality Is Tackling Conservation Efforts Globally

How Luxury Hospitality Is Tackling Conservation Efforts Globally

Leslie Barrie, Skift

These days, it's not just one-off luxury properties that are investing in conservation projects. More companies see the value in protecting and restoring the land they're situated on, and ones that don't may be left behind.

5 days ago

Opening Closed Doors: Can Hotels Do More to Fight Human Trafficking?

Opening Closed Doors: Can Hotels Do More to Fight Human Trafficking?

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Human trafficking touches every corner of the travel industry — especially hotels. And while the accommodations sector didn't create the problem, it does have an elevated responsibility to put an end to it. The question is: How effective have the industry's efforts been so far?

6 days ago

How New Entrants Are Shaking Up the Hotel Property Management Space: New Skift Research

How New Entrants Are Shaking Up the Hotel Property Management Space: New Skift Research

Wouter Geerts, Skift Research

Legacy property management systems (PMS) missed the boat when tech innovation started ramping up. Now they are playing catch-up. Cloud computing, open APIs, marketplaces, and middleware layers are shaking up this stale corner of hotel tech, and it’s crazy exciting.

1 week ago

Ace Hotel Boutique Chain Consolidates Ownership After Years of Turmoil

Ace Hotel Boutique Chain Consolidates Ownership After Years of Turmoil

Nancy Trejos, Skift

Ace Hotel has finalized the consolidation of its ownership after years of disputes with the estate of late co-founder Alex Calderwood. Now that that's been settled, what will the boutique hotel chain concentrate on next?

1 week ago

Oyo Overdue for Business Rethink and 15 Other Top Hospitality Stories This Week

Oyo Overdue for Business Rethink and 15 Other Top Hospitality Stories This Week

Danielle Hyams, Skift

This week in hospitality news, former SoftBank darling Ritesh Agarwal is paring back his ambitions for Oyo, beginning with cutting more than 1,000 staff. Plus, Skift predicts that 2020 will be the year of subscription travel.

1 week ago

What This Minor Vs. Marriott Lawsuit Reveals About the Hotel Biz

What This Minor Vs. Marriott Lawsuit Reveals About the Hotel Biz

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Minor is a step closer to getting its case against Marriott heard in a Thai court, probably a nightmarish scenario for hotel management companies if only because it bares open fault lines.

2 weeks ago

How Certifying a Hotel’s Wellness Bonafides Could Shake Up the Industry

How Certifying a Hotel’s Wellness Bonafides Could Shake Up the Industry

Leslie Barrie, Skift

Right now, a hotel can offer guests lemon water at check-in and call itself a wellness property. A new wellness certification might raise the bar for that distinction and help legitimize the industry.

2 weeks ago