Hotels

Marriott CEO Doesn’t See Powerful Evidence of a Trump Effect on Business Travel

Marriott CEO Doesn’t See Powerful Evidence of a Trump Effect on Business Travel

Deanna Ting, Skift

Judging by Sorenson's open letter to President-Elect Trump in November, it does seem the Marriott CEO is open to working with the new administration, but he's also very concerned about Trump's more xenophobic policies and the harm they could do to the travel industry overall.

6 days ago

Hyatt CEO Interview: We’re Looking Beyond Hotels to Serve Evolving Needs of Guests

Hyatt CEO Interview: We’re Looking Beyond Hotels to Serve Evolving Needs of Guests

Deanna Ting, Skift

Hyatt CEO Mark Hoplamazian knows the key to managing disruption and challenges is to focus on the basics: the customer, and the people serving them.

7 days ago

J.P. Morgan’s Healthcare Conference Is a Case Study in Hotel Compression Nights

J.P. Morgan’s Healthcare Conference Is a Case Study in Hotel Compression Nights

Jared S. Hopkins, Robert Langreth, and Caroline Chen, Bloomberg

Those of us who work with the hotel industry shouldn't be surprised by this tale, which demonstrates the pricing power properties can have when major events come to town.

1 week ago

Understanding Disney’s Domestic Hotel Strategy

Understanding Disney’s Domestic Hotel Strategy

Jared Wein, Skift

Disney's unique theme park experience gives the company strong pricing power in the U.S., allowing Disney to consistently raise ticket prices above the inflation rate while growing attendance at the same time. By owning hotels on its properties, Disney is able to maintain an immersive experience, leading to high occupancy rates and steady growth in spending per room. The theme parks feed the hotels with guests and the hotels reinforce the park experience. This has, and will continue to be, a lucrative cycle for Disney.

1 week ago

Airbnb Loses Top Exec and 3 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

Airbnb Loses Top Exec and 3 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

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

1 week ago

Skift Podcast: How Travel Companies Can Win the Hearts of Supertravelers

Skift Podcast: How Travel Companies Can Win the Hearts of Supertravelers

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Supertravelers weigh in on what travel companies get right — and wrong — when it comes to practices and customer service.

2 weeks ago

AccorHotels Has a New Division for Its Millennial-Focused Lifestyle Brands

AccorHotels Has a New Division for Its Millennial-Focused Lifestyle Brands

Dominique Vidalon and Pascale Denis, Reuters

AccorHotel's version of "boutique" is much more affordable and scalable than that of its U.S. rivals.

2 weeks ago

Future of Hotel Fitness: More On Demand, Tech-Driven and Branded

Future of Hotel Fitness: More On Demand, Tech-Driven and Branded

Deanna Ting, Skift

New year, new you — at least that's what a lot of us are telling ourselves this week now that the holidays are over, and so are our days of gluttony (or so we believe). And since we're all collectively tackling that perennial New Year's resolution to get healthier, now is as good a time as any to take a closer look at how hotel fitness and wellness is evolving.

2 weeks ago

TripAdvisor Holdout Hilton Joins Its Instant Booking Program

TripAdvisor Holdout Hilton Joins Its Instant Booking Program

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Hilton's decision to enroll in TripAdvisor Instant Booking while the chain is dedicating huge resources into convincing consumers to book direct on Hilton sites is an admission that it needs third-party distributors. TripAdvisor is a favored partner for the moment because it's cheaper than Expedia and the Priceline Group for the chain.

2 weeks ago

Luxury in 2017 and 5 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

Luxury in 2017 and 5 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

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

2 weeks ago

Trump’s White House Welcome Will Include $5 Million Lien on D.C. Hotel

Trump’s White House Welcome Will Include $5 Million Lien on D.C. Hotel

Andrew Harris, Bloomberg

One thing is certain -- Donald Trump is so far the commander-in-conflicts-of-interest-chief when it comes to his hospitality assets, and that runs counter to his "drain the swamp" message that helped get him elected.

2 weeks ago

Hilton’s Two Spin-Offs Are Finally Complete

Hilton’s Two Spin-Offs Are Finally Complete

Deanna Ting, Skift

What will be really interesting is how Hilton proceeds as a new asset-light company, and one with a new major stakeholder by the end of the first quarter: China's HNA Group, the same new owner of Carlson Hotels.

3 weeks ago