Early Check-In

Early Check-In, Making Sense of the Week in Hotel Deals & Development is available exclusively for subscribers to Skift Pro.

First thing every Monday morning, hospitality reporter Cameron Sperance brings readers exclusive reporting and insights into hotel deals and development, and how those trends are making an impact across the travel industry.

Hotels

New SH Hotels CEO on Taking Founder Barry Sternlicht’s Vision to Next Level

SH Hotels & Resorts has a new CEO after his successor lasted only a few months. Beefing up the company's brand presence in the highly competitive lifestyle hotel sector is crucial to success.

New SH Hotels CEO on Taking Founder Barry Sternlicht’s Vision to Next Level

Hospitality

Oyo Hotels Reveals Tactics for Bad Reviews and ‘Negative Press’ in IPO Filing

Bad publicity isn't good for a growing company like Oyo, but the company's plan to file lawsuits against those who post negative comments online about the brand is almost certain to backfire.

Oyo Hotels Reveals Tactics for Bad Reviews and ‘Negative Press’ in IPO Filing

Hospitality

Blackstone’s $305 Million Hotel Grab Shines Light on Acquisition Climate

Major real estate and investment groups like Blackstone and MCR Hotels will garner the most headlines around hotel acquisitions coming out of the pandemic. There's simply not enough brands out there for a company like Marriott to make a splash on the M&A front.

Blackstone’s $305 Million Hotel Grab Shines Light on Acquisition Climate

Hospitality

Las Vegas Sands and Wynn Resorts Valuations Tank on Chinese Crackdown

Increased oversight from Chinese regulators in Macau threatens a massive financial hit to U.S. gaming resort operators. But don’t expect this to lead to a mass exodus to other gaming markets in Asia.

Las Vegas Sands and Wynn Resorts Valuations Tank on Chinese Crackdown

Coronavirus

Trump’s D.C. Hotel Still Has Inflated Price Even After $100 Million Price Chop

No, the Trump International Hotel in Washington isn’t worth $400 million. But there are a lot of investors waiting on the sidelines to park capital in just about any available asset — a classic example of the laws of supply and demand.

Trump’s D.C. Hotel Still Has Inflated Price Even After $100 Million Price Chop

Coronavirus

Independent Hotel Brands: Standalone Success or Prime Targets for Takeover?

The biggest hotel companies in the world are knocking on the doors of cool, independent brands for takeover talks. Not everyone is answering.

Independent Hotel Brands: Standalone Success or Prime Targets for Takeover?

Coronavirus

Hilton, Marriott, and IHG Are Making Affordable Brands Development Priorities

Luxury and lifestyle hotels may be the shiniest assets in a hotel company’s portfolio, but investors want to be where the travelers are. That means pumping money into more affordable offerings like Hilton’s Tru, IHG’s Holiday Inn, and Marriott’s Fairfield Inn — all concepts that snapped back fast from the pandemic.

Hilton, Marriott, and IHG Are Making Affordable Brands Development Priorities

Coronavirus

Hyatt’s $2.7 Billion Apple Leisure Group Acquisition Fuels European Growth

Hyatt's Apple Leisure Group acquisition gives it a major boost in its desired expansion into Europe. But it is also a shot across the bow to competitors like Marriott and Hilton as well as smaller brands. The battle is on to expand into the high-end leisure travel and all-inclusive resort sector.

Hyatt’s $2.7 Billion Apple Leisure Group Acquisition Fuels European Growth

Coronavirus

IHG Will Tell a Growth Story This Week Scripted by Development Deals

Profitability is basically a foregone conclusion at this point for IHG, given its significant presence in the drive-to and leisure space. Investors now want to see how the company can beef up its growth trajectory coming out of the pandemic.

IHG Will Tell a Growth Story This Week Scripted by Development Deals

Coronavirus

This Is Marriott’s Earnings Week to Lose

If Accor can go from billion-dollar losses to profitability in a matter of months, Marriott shareholders should expect plenty of financial gains and optimism on Tuesday's earnings call.

This Is Marriott’s Earnings Week to Lose