Marriott CEO Interview: Buying Starwood and Its $13 Billion Bet on Loyalty

That didn't take too long now, did it? In all seriousness, however, this mega-merger was certainly a long one in the making, filled with plenty of twists and turns. Now, we hope, comes the even more interesting part in the next chapter of the story.

2 days ago

Alaska Air and Virgin America Merger Approaching Antitrust Deadline

Quite the situation if the three mega mergers before this (American-US Air, United-Continental, and Delta-Northwest) would lead antitrust officials to block a much smaller deal.

2 days ago

Starwood’s Hospitality Legacy After the Marriott Merger

Starwood Hotels & Resorts as we know it may be going away now that it'll be owned by Marriott International, but its history of innovation has had a lasting impact on the hospitality industry as a whole.

4 days ago

Marriott-Starwood Merger Receives Final Approval

If there were any doubts about the Marriott-Starwood deal getting done, you can now toss them out because of the approval from Chinese regulators. Now, let's get on with it.

4 days ago

Red Lion to Buy Vantage Hospitality for $27 Million

Red Lion has been making some bold moves as of late, including its arguably controversial partnership with Expedia. As the company scales up with this acquisition, it'll be interesting to see how Red Lion expands or deepens its partnership with other online travel agencies.

1 week ago

Concur Buys Hipmunk to Bring Consumer Tools to Its Business Travelers

Six years after brashly boasting about how it would disrupt travel search, Hipmunk, which had to compete against larger players with more ample war chests, is exiting into the business travel portfolio of Concur. Hipmunk's turn toward business travel may make it more of a business-to-business play than its current consumer incarnation. As Concur's TripIt example shows, it remains to be seen how innovative Hipmunk can be given larger corporate priorities within SAP/Concur.

2 weeks ago

TripAdvisor Buys Citymaps to Deepen Location-Based Activities Marketing

TripAdvisor wants to be the go-to place for consumers to find in-destination activities on their smartphones. Citymaps will not only help consumers with map-based attractions' searches but will bolster TripAdvisor's abilities to perform location-based marketing. Expect more of those TripAdvisor notifications when you amble by an interesting tourist spot.

1 month ago

China Mergers Mean Ride-Sharing and Travel Discounting May Dwindle

A wave of consolidation in China, with Didi Chuxing acquiring Uber's China operations, and Ctrip taking control of rivals Qunar and eLong, means that the era of insane levels of discounting is coming to a close.

1 month ago

Vail to Buy Whistler Blackcomb in Ski Resort Merger for $1.05 Billion

Bigger is better in hospitality whether considering ski resorts or household-name big brands. Vail's cash infusion will help Whistler Blackcomb diversify as global warming impacts the Canadian resort company's operations.

2 months ago

Anbang Denies It’s Trying to Buy InterContinental Hotels Group

It's clear that Anbang wants to buy something. Whether or not it ultimately has the power to turn that desire into reality is another matter entirely.

2 months ago

Expedia Stumbled After Its Radical Approach to Integrating Orbitz

Breaking up is hard to do but when it comes to mergers, the stakes can be very high and the challenges acutely complex. It's really hard to find someone who will argue that Expedia's acquisition spree will be its undoing but success will take focus and certainly isn't guaranteed.

2 months ago

Uber Sells China Business to Rival Didi

The hemorrhaging of money will now stop, but can Uber be the most valuable unicorn in the world if it's conceding in China?

2 months ago