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Comprehensive coverage of the hospitality industry including news, original stories, trends, deep dives, interviews and more.

Material Matters at The St. Regis: Covering the Job of Hotel Upholsterer

Material Matters at The St. Regis: Covering the Job of Hotel Upholsterer

Laura Powell, Skift

Whether it's hanging on the walls or blanketing chairs and sofas, fabric plays a starring role at The St. Regis New York. That's why the hotel employs a full-time upholsterer, who is constantly canvassing the premises to keep material in tip-top shape.

3 weeks ago

Hyatt Feels Pinch From Lower Group Business in Its Hometown of Chicago

Hyatt Feels Pinch From Lower Group Business in Its Hometown of Chicago

Danni Santana, Skift

Hyatt’s second-quarter performance was another step in the right direction for the brand. But were it not for a slowdown in its U.S. and Chinese markets, it would have been better.

3 weeks ago

Raffles Hotel Singapore Reopens After Two-Year Refresh

Raffles Hotel Singapore Reopens After Two-Year Refresh

Joanna Ossinger, Bloomberg

An upgrade sees the historic hotel boasting trendy food and beverage and other modern comforts it badly needs to compete with Singapore's luxury hotel set — including a new Raffles resort that is being built on Sentosa Island.

3 weeks 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.

1 month ago

U.S.-China Trade War Hurts Accor But It Won’t Deter Asia Expansion

U.S.-China Trade War Hurts Accor But It Won’t Deter Asia Expansion

Danni Santana, Skift

The hotel group remains confident the international conflict will pass, as it commits resources to expanding in Asia.

3 weeks ago

IHG CEO: Guests Are Pressuring Hotels to Reduce Plastics, Not Governments

IHG CEO: Guests Are Pressuring Hotels to Reduce Plastics, Not Governments

Sarah Enelow-Snyder, Skift

For IHG, governments are behind the curve in helping to reduce plastic waste. The real influence comes from its guests, whose awareness and expectations have increased exponentially in the last couple of years.

3 weeks ago

Hilton Sees Loyalty Surge From Higher Traveler Engagement

Hilton Sees Loyalty Surge From Higher Traveler Engagement

Grant Martin, Skift

New tools geared for driving engagement at Hilton have created strong growth in its loyalty program. But does Marriott also get part of the credit?

3 weeks ago

Trump Hotels’ Indonesian Partner Invests in Budget Hotel Startup RedDoorz

Trump Hotels’ Indonesian Partner Invests in Budget Hotel Startup RedDoorz

Raini Hamdi, Skift

RedDoorz' latest funding round includes two interesting new investors, Qiming and MNC Group, and it says a lot about the potential of budget accommodation in Southeast Asia, which is also being pursued by Oyo.

3 weeks ago

Marriott’s Alibaba Joint Venture in China Is Part of Its Direct-Booking Strategy

Marriott’s Alibaba Joint Venture in China Is Part of Its Direct-Booking Strategy

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Marriott could do a lot worse than tying its fortunes in China to the e-commerce juggernaut Alibaba. Rest assured that this won't be the last big partnership for Marriott in the country. These are, after all, early days.

3 weeks ago

Saudi Arabia to Ban Foreigners From Certain Hotel Jobs

Saudi Arabia to Ban Foreigners From Certain Hotel Jobs

Vivian Nereim, Bloomberg

Foreign guests will certainly be able to interact with the locals when staying at Saudi hotels in the near future because only Saudis will staff the front desk and key management positions. It's a sign of the weakness of the country's economy, and could become a key issue for hotel owners if the tourism industry takes off.

4 weeks ago

Equinox CEO Bets on Loyal Customers to Make New Luxury Hotel a Success

Equinox CEO Bets on Loyal Customers to Make New Luxury Hotel a Success

Patrick Clark and Viviana Hurtado, Bloomberg

We agree with Equinox that consumers are looking for something different, but the U.S. markets the new hotelier is planning to open in bring great risk to future sustainability.

4 weeks ago

The La Quinta Brand Is Receiving Plenty of TLC From Wyndham

The La Quinta Brand Is Receiving Plenty of TLC From Wyndham

Danni Santana, Skift

Chalk up La Quinta's poor performance in the second quarter to nothing more than a blip. The brand has always performed in line with direct competitors. But Wyndham wants to take it to another level.

4 weeks ago