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Uber Co-Founder Travis Kalanick Backs Hotel Company Using 3D Printing Tech

Uber Co-Founder Travis Kalanick Backs Hotel Company Using 3D Printing Tech

Patrick Whyte, Skift

The figure $20 million might not sound like a huge amount, but in the world of flat-pack hotels, it can probably get you quite far.

1 week ago

Europe’s Meininger Hotels Mulls Going Public: Report

Europe’s Meininger Hotels Mulls Going Public: Report

Patrick Whyte, Skift

After months of problems, Mumbai-headquartered Cox & Kings is now undergoing insolvency proceedings in India. Will Meininger, its hybrid hotel chain, get a new lease on life?

1 week ago

Oyo-Backer SoftBank Faces Tough Questions Amid Activist Investor Pressure

Oyo-Backer SoftBank Faces Tough Questions Amid Activist Investor Pressure

Sam Nussey, Reuters

An expected operating profit of $3.1 billion doesn't sound too bad, but questions over SoftBank's future remain. One of its priorities will be overseeing a turnaround at Oyo.

1 week ago

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Augmented Hospitality is Changing the Way We Experience Cities

Augmented Hospitality is Changing the Way We Experience Cities

Accor Group + Skift

As new concepts of urban living evolve and cities become even more attractive destinations for both working and living, hospitality brands will need to rethink the role they play for visitors and locals alike.

4 weeks ago

Oyo’s Troubles Mirror Modern India’s and 6 Other Top Hospitality Stories This Week

Oyo’s Troubles Mirror Modern India’s and 6 Other Top Hospitality Stories This Week

Danielle Hyams, Skift

This week in hospitality news, Oyo played by India's rules until it couldn't anymore. Now the company is scaling back amid media scrutiny, bad reviews, and growing losses. Plus, a new study shows that the surge in short-term rental offerings is putting pressure on the ability of hotels to raise rates.

1 week ago

This Rooftop Beekeeper Helps the Mandarin Oriental in Paris Stay Eco-Friendly

This Rooftop Beekeeper Helps the Mandarin Oriental in Paris Stay Eco-Friendly

Nancy Trejos, Skift

The Mandarin Oriental, Paris, has some very special guests on its rooftop: bees. Someone has to take care of them. Enter this marketing man turned beekeeper who has no fear of heights — or bee stings.

2 weeks ago

How South African Tourism Can Get Its Mojo Back

How South African Tourism Can Get Its Mojo Back

Colin Nagy, Skift

South African tourism is on the decline. There are several factors at play, but given the diversity of experiences that can be had in this country of 58 million people, what's needed is a new and sharper narrative.

2 weeks ago

The Story of Oyo’s Troubles Is the Story of Modern India

The Story of Oyo’s Troubles Is the Story of Modern India

Rafat Ali, Skift

What’s happening with Oyo cannot be looked at separately from the modern Indian milieu that gave birth to it, and in which it operates. Oyo now needs to rise above that legacy and bring in the global business practices that ensure it survives and thrives in the future.

2 weeks ago

Short-Term Rentals a Key Factor in Sluggish Hotel Rate Growth

Short-Term Rentals a Key Factor in Sluggish Hotel Rate Growth

Dennis Schaal , Skift

U.S. hoteliers are finding their pricing options constrained because of an influx of both short-term rental supply during peak periods, and because of hotel construction. Hoteliers may decide to get into the short-term rental market or not, but they increasingly have to take it into account when fine-tuning pricing strategies.

2 weeks ago

Hotels Navigate Hazy World of Legal Marijuana and 8 Other Top Hospitality Stories This Week

Hotels Navigate Hazy World of Legal Marijuana and 8 Other Top Hospitality Stories This Week

Danielle Hyams , Skift

In hospitality news this week, hotels are finding it confusing to straddle state and federal laws when it comes to marijuana. Is legal pot a liability or opportunity? Plus, fast-rising Oyo Hotels & Homes has slammed on the brakes in the U.S., laying off a third of its team and switching up its strategy.

2 weeks ago

Prague Aims to Restrict Airbnb to Curb Overtourism

Prague Aims to Restrict Airbnb to Curb Overtourism

Robert Tait, The Guardian

The Czech capital's mayor joins the uphill battle of other European cities to limit short-term rentals. There is an urgent need to repair the fabric of local life damaged by the negative impact of runaway tourism.

2 weeks ago

Design Trend: Hotel Lobby as Local-Inspired Living Room

Design Trend: Hotel Lobby as Local-Inspired Living Room

Kim Cook, Associated Press

Designers aim to make hotels into homey work spaces for business travelers, but if every hospitality space is an office, how do you take a vacation?

2 weeks ago