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Meliá Hotels Fined $7.2 Million by European Union for Antitrust Breach

Meliá Hotels Fined $7.2 Million by European Union for Antitrust Breach

Patrick Whyte, Skift

The European single market is a sacred thing and anyone caught trying to divide it up like the old days is liable to be on the receiving end of a punishment. In this case, Meliá's cooperation with the investigation has helped cut its fine.

2 days ago

Hyatt’s China Business Is Down 90 Percent in February From Coronavirus Fallout

Hyatt’s China Business Is Down 90 Percent in February From Coronavirus Fallout

Danielle Hyams, Skift

Hyatt Hotels had a strong year in 2019, so the story it had to tell on Thursday wasn't all dreary. The problem is that shareholders and guests hate uncertainty. And so far the travel industry faces nothing but uncertainty, left beholden to how the coronavirus crisis evolves.

3 days ago

MGM Resorts Reports Data Breach Affecting Nearly 11 Million Guests

MGM Resorts Reports Data Breach Affecting Nearly 11 Million Guests

Kanishka Singh, Reuters

Travel isn't the only industry that has more than its share of data breaches. But the industry must take data security much more seriously. Guests demand it.

3 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.

4 weeks ago

This Company Helps Luxury Hotels Go Analog to Get Guests to Unplug

This Company Helps Luxury Hotels Go Analog to Get Guests to Unplug

Samantha Shankman, Skift

The luxury hospitality industry is trying to help guests unwind in these anxiety-ridden, tech-addicted times. It's refreshing to think that something as simple as a book can make a difference — plus drive repeat hotel visits and even foster community. Luxury properties should take note.

3 days ago

Accor Presses Fast-Forward on Luxury Transformation

Accor Presses Fast-Forward on Luxury Transformation

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Although CEO Sébastien Bazin said the transformation of Accor was pretty much done, he's not taking his foot off the pedal just yet in terms of moving the company more toward the luxury and lifestyle end of the hospitality market.

3 days ago

Oyo CEO Defends Business Practices That Anger Some Hoteliers

Oyo CEO Defends Business Practices That Anger Some Hoteliers

Dennis Schaal, Skift

If you were thinking after a tumultuous last few months that a reformed Oyo would emerge, then guess again. The hotel chain is giving little ground on the basics of its business model, although it vows to get better on the execution of it all.

4 days ago

Choice Sees No Letup in Biz Travel Demand as It Expands Extended-Stay Hotels

Choice Sees No Letup in Biz Travel Demand as It Expands Extended-Stay Hotels

Danielle Hyams, Skift

Choice Hotels had a strong year with lots of growth in 2019. The company is focused on bulking up its extended-stay portfolio to continue the trend in 2020 as corporate travelers look increasingly for more creative options.

5 days ago

Europe’s Scandic Hotels Targets Youthful Travelers With New Economy Brand

Europe’s Scandic Hotels Targets Youthful Travelers With New Economy Brand

Patrick Whyte, Skift

It's about time Scandic added another brand to its portfolio. The idea to widen the company's market in the economy segment is eminently sensible.

5 days ago

Less China-Dependent IHG Takes Wait-and-See Approach on Coronavirus

Less China-Dependent IHG Takes Wait-and-See Approach on Coronavirus

Patrick Whyte, Skift

IHG CEO Keith Barr seems to be taking quite a level-headed approach to the coronavirus outbreak. Unlike some in the travel industry, he's not pressing the panic button yet and is waiting to see how things play out.

5 days ago

Travel Megatrends 2020: Consumer Brands Jump Into Hospitality Mashups

Travel Megatrends 2020: Consumer Brands Jump Into Hospitality Mashups

Nancy Trejos, Skift

Consumer brands that see the passion of travelers are taking a leap. These brands are becoming hotel proprietors in greater numbers to reach out to millennials, who see travel as a lifestyle experience. Expect more retailers to invade the hospitality space.

5 days ago

Skift Forum Europe Preview: Accor Accelerates Luxury Growth to Stay Ahead of the Pack

Skift Forum Europe Preview: Accor Accelerates Luxury Growth to Stay Ahead of the Pack

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Accor's transformation over the past few years has been remarkable, but now it's facing a new challenge in Europe from the likes of Oyo. Can its accelerating development of upscale brands help offset growing competition in the midrange and economy sectors?

5 days ago