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Accor Launches New Loyalty Program and 8 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

Accor Launches New Loyalty Program and 8 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

Isaac Carey, Skift

This week in hospitality, Accor undergoes a rebrand, Oyo and Yahoo partner up for home rentals in Japan, and Best Western buys luxury brand WorldHotels.

7 mins ago

United Airlines Argues It Can Block Expedia From Future Fares as Standoff Persists

United Airlines Argues It Can Block Expedia From Future Fares as Standoff Persists

Brian Sumers, Skift

Can these two giant global travel companies work out their differences? Surely consumers would prefer to keep searching for United fares on Expedia.

17 hours ago

Travelport Has Had Mixed Success as a Public Company

Travelport Has Had Mixed Success as a Public Company

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Travelport's latest earnings report is a chance to judge its performance since it went public in 2014. The answer is mixed: The company invested more than its rivals in its airline distribution business, which let it punch above its weight. But its effort to diversify beyond airline content distribution hasn't panned out as well as it hoped.

20 hours ago

IHG Confirms Plans to Add Dynamic Pricing to Hotel Award Bookings

IHG Confirms Plans to Add Dynamic Pricing to Hotel Award Bookings

Grant Martin, Skift

IHG plans to experiment with moving award pricing in its Rewards Club loyalty program to a dynamic model, which will allow it to price rooms according to demand. The details — and the impact on loyalty program members — will take shape through the year.

22 hours ago

The New Signia Hilton Is Designed for Meetings and Events

The New Signia Hilton Is Designed for Meetings and Events

Deanna Ting, Skift

In other words, think of the Signia Hilton as Hilton's take on Crowne Plaza, Marriott Marquis, Sheraton Grand, and Dolce Hotels.

23 hours ago

Oyo Partners With Yahoo to Bring Its New Home Rental Model to Japan

Oyo Partners With Yahoo to Bring Its New Home Rental Model to Japan

Raini Hamdi, Skift

India's Oyo should feel at home in Japan, home of its biggest financier SoftBank. But will this automatically translate to success for Oyo? This is why it is starting its expansion in Japan with a new long-stay model.

23 hours ago

Pickyourtrail Raises $3 Million for Vacation-Package Booking: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Pickyourtrail Raises $3 Million for Vacation-Package Booking: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Pickyourtrail has received funding to expand its online services for booking international vacations; its operation is strikingly sophisticated for a small startup. Plus, investors also recently announced bets on smart hotels, urban lounges, and storage places for luggage.

1 day ago

Avis Brings Data Insights to Ground Transportation

Avis Brings Data Insights to Ground Transportation

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Travel managers armed with relevant data are better at their jobs. The more travel companies can do to help them find meaningful insights the better.

1 day ago

Visit Faroe Islands’ Latest Viral Campaign Seeks a Tourist-Free Weekend

Visit Faroe Islands’ Latest Viral Campaign Seeks a Tourist-Free Weekend

Hannah Sampson , Skift

Visit Faroe Islands is once again attracting outsized attention for a tourism push, but that shouldn't detract from the underlying sentiment. The tiny destination is trying to stave off the pitfalls of overtourism even as it promotes itself on the world stage.

2 days ago

Norwegian Cruise Boss Zeroes In on Higher Prices

Norwegian Cruise Boss Zeroes In on Higher Prices

Hannah Sampson , Skift

Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings CEO Frank Del Rio has been preaching the gospel of higher prices for years now — and practicing what he preaches. For now, it looks like passengers are willing to keep paying up.

2 days ago

Marriott and Accor Each Have a New Partnership With European Football Giants

Marriott and Accor Each Have a New Partnership With European Football Giants

Isaac Carey, Skift

The hotel giants are harnessing the world's favorite sport to get the word out about their new loyalty programs. This is a smart move which should give the brands lots of visibility, and entice soccer fans.

2 days ago

Mexico Tourism Board Demise Will Hurt the Destination More Than Travel Advisors

Mexico Tourism Board Demise Will Hurt the Destination More Than Travel Advisors

Maria Lenhart, Skift

The dissolution of the Mexico Tourism Board means that travel advisors and others involved in the selling and marketing of Mexico have lost a major resource. With safety perception issues still dogging Mexico, the timing couldn’t be worse — for the destination and advisors alike.

2 days ago