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London’s Luxury Hotels Have Their Worst Year Since 2009

Luxury has its limits. When too many brands start banking on one sector to deliver all their good news things don't go well.

Starwood’s Timeshare Spinoff Is Delayed

Just when we thought this would be a done deal ... Even so, it's business as usual, and as long as the Vistana spinoff closes before the Marriott one does, there shouldn't be any problems for Starwood.

Direct Bookings Push and 3 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

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

Host Hotels Has Confidence in Marriott-Starwood Merger, Owns Properties in Each Chain

Roots run deep between Host Hotels and Marriott, obviously. But the fact that Host also owns properties that fly under Starwood and Marriott's brands, among others, gives its perspectives on ownership and operations some serious weight when talking about the future of the big merger and the direct booking wars.

Marriott Posts Strong Global Growth While Gearing Up for Starwood Integration

Marriott may have won Starwood in the bidding war of the year (thus far), but it's clear there's a lot of work that lies ahead for the company as it prepares to close its big deal by mid-year.

Despite the Marriott Merger, Starwood Continues Growth of Tribute Portfolio

Even though Marriott's CEO has said all 30 brands will survive the merger, we still think it's only a matter of time before Tribute Portfolio is culled and rolled into Marriott's competing Autograph Collection. Even so, it's good news for Starwood to see this kind of rapid growth for its newest of brands, especially during such a period of intense transition.

Expedia Warns Hotels Chains They Must ‘Play Well’ or Risk Losing Share

Expedia is telling hotels that if they "play well" with Expedia it will be very advantageous and the outcomes may not be as positive if hotels decide to rewrite the rules. Many big chains have not appreciated how Expedia has played over the years and they are voting with their proverbial feet.

Hilton CEO: ‘Quality’ Trumps ‘Quantity’ and Direct Bookings Are Growing

Online travel agencies and the looming Starwood-Marriott merger won't get Hilton down, according to Hilton's CEO. Solid first quarter earnings suggest a stable year ahead for the company. But will alienating online travel agencies and pursuing an asset-light strategy ultimately result in success? We'll have to see how the rest of the year plays out.

Carlson Hotels Bought by China’s HNA Tourism Group for Undisclosed Sum

Big turmoil in hospitality is continuing in 2016.

Marriott Increases Occupancy Rates and Revenue in Q1 2016

It looks like this first quarter is the quarter of hotels getting their share prices back to a respectable level.