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Oyo Founder Spends $2 Billion to Triple Stake

Oyo Founder Spends $2 Billion to Triple Stake

Saritha Rai, Bloomberg

It's a significant show of strength from the founder and gives him a bit more control over the company's future direction. It also makes the company almost as valuable as hotel giants like IHG ($12.5 billion) and Accor ($11.7 billion), a pretty remarkable state of affairs given it was founded in 2013.

24 hours ago

Skift Global Forum Preview: Hilton’s Tech Innovations Drive Brand Growth

Skift Global Forum Preview: Hilton’s Tech Innovations Drive Brand Growth

Danni Santana, Skift

Hilton understands the true conundrum of running a hotel business: Customer preferences will always change faster than the market can react. That is why the company has invested throughout the customer experience, from booking to loyalty partnerships, to keep guests happy.

1 day ago

Marriott Resort Fee Lawsuit Puts New Target on Long-Held Hotel Industry Practice

Marriott Resort Fee Lawsuit Puts New Target on Long-Held Hotel Industry Practice

Danni Santana, Skift

Do not think that this lawsuit only matters to Marriott. Competitors are keeping a close eye on the case, knowing they could be next. The industry has a big decision to make about how it charges amenity fees, if at all.

5 days ago

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Executive Q&A: Steven Taylor, Accor’s Chief Marketing Officer, on the Brand’s Approach to Design

Executive Q&A: Steven Taylor, Accor’s Chief Marketing Officer, on the Brand’s Approach to Design

Accor Group + Skift

Design touches every aspect of our lives, so the idea that it impacts every corner of the hospitality industry should come as no surprise. For the Accor Group, design serves a bigger purpose than just looking aesthetically pleasing.

2 days ago

Wynn Resorts Unveils $2 Billion Expansion Plan in Macau

Wynn Resorts Unveils $2 Billion Expansion Plan in Macau

Christopher Palmeri, Bloomberg

Wynn Resorts sees a prime opportunity in Asia, with both China and Japan becoming more receptive to gambling and foreign tourism lately. The question is will growth in those markets warrant pricey construction costs?

7 days ago

Marriott, Hilton, Choice Hotels Refuse to Serve as Detention Centers in Trump-Backed Immigration Raids

Marriott, Hilton, Choice Hotels Refuse to Serve as Detention Centers in Trump-Backed Immigration Raids

Danni Santana, Skift

Want to talk about an easy public relations win? This is it. Hotel business and politics don't mix.

1 week ago

Generator Hostels Backer Is Spending $400 Million to Buy Micro-Hotel Operator Freehand

Generator Hostels Backer Is Spending $400 Million to Buy Micro-Hotel Operator Freehand

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Hostels and micro-hotels have been sexy again for the last few years. Sydell Group and Ron Burkle are cashing in as Generator works to move away from its hostel roots and into the wider world of boutique hospitality.

1 week ago

Hotel Startup Life House’s Hedge: Selling Its Own Tech as Well as Rooms

Hotel Startup Life House’s Hedge: Selling Its Own Tech as Well as Rooms

Danni Santana, Skift

The lifestyle hotel space has gotten very crowded, especially over the last 18 months. But it appears Life House has a viable fallback plan in place in case expansion plans don't work out.

1 week ago

Oyo Claims It Has Overtaken IHG as World’s Third Largest Chain

Oyo Claims It Has Overtaken IHG as World’s Third Largest Chain

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Oyo has been making upbeat announcements more than usual in the past few weeks. Is it building itself up toward an IPO or more funding, or is it fending off critics, skeptics, and issues in India and China?

1 week ago

Marriott Is Sued by D.C. as Hotel Resort Fees Come Under Renewed Fire

Marriott Is Sued by D.C. as Hotel Resort Fees Come Under Renewed Fire

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Resort fees are embedded into many hotels' business models, so it would take a lot to upend them. But the prospect is picking up a lot of momentum.

2 weeks ago

UK Investor Group Makes Move for Anbang’s Luxury Hotel Portfolio

UK Investor Group Makes Move for Anbang’s Luxury Hotel Portfolio

Manuel Baigorri, David Hellier, and Gillian Tan, Bloomberg

It looks like a bidding war is on for Anbang's luxury hotel portfolio. Investor Richard Faber has turned to sovereign wealth funds to outspend the other investment groups jockeying to win the deal.

2 weeks ago

Marriott Handed $124 Million Fine Over Starwood Data Breach

Marriott Handed $124 Million Fine Over Starwood Data Breach

Patrick Whyte, Skift

The headline fine amount might seem pretty substantial, but as with an earlier British Airways breach case, the penalties likely will be challenged. Both companies will no doubt vigorously defend themselves in the hope of getting the figure reduced.

2 weeks ago