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Future of Lodging

As the lines continue to blur between hotels and short-term rentals, Skift is focused on the technology and the consumer behaviors that are driving this. Follow our coverage across the wide world of lodging, from traditional hotels and motels to urban short-term rentals and traditional vacation rentals.

Business Travel

Sonesta Bets on Smaller Biz Group Meetings With New Loyalty Scheme

The fast-growing hotelier has launched a loyalty program called "Business Pass" with a focus on micro-events. The sticking point is only about a fifth of Sonesta's portfolio is onboard.

Sonesta Bets on Smaller Biz Group Meetings With New Loyalty Scheme

Business Travel

Amadeus Targets Blended Travelers With TrustedStays Partnership

Originally set up during the pandemic to help nurses book and stay in homes, rather than hotels, TrustedStays has now "commercialized" its platform. It potentially opens the door to short-term rental operators that were previously locked out from corporate bookings.

Amadeus Targets Blended Travelers With TrustedStays Partnership

News Blog

Selina’s Delayed Stock Market Debut Now Scheduled for Oct. 21

More than nine months after revealing its ambitions to list on the New York Stock Exchange, at a $1.2 billion valuation, self-styled lifestyle and experiential hotel company Selina has set a date to go public, by merging with BOA Acquisition Corp — a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). The pair announced Monday that the registration…

News Blog

Naya Homes Secures $5 Million to Expand Short-Term Rentals in Mexico

A startup whose founding team includes two former Uber staffers has secured $5 million to grow its vacation and short-term rental platform in Mexico. Naya Homes began operations in Puerto Vallarta in August, and with the extra cash will launch in Mexico City, with a 15-unit building in Polanco in September. It specializes in vacation…

Online Travel

Airbnb, Google and Agoda Hint at Upcoming Search and Fintech Features

Airbnb needs to provide more information to guests about hosts, and making them more searchable would be an improvement. The fear, though, is that such information would make it easier for guests to book directly with hosts and bypass Airbnb.

Airbnb, Google and Agoda Hint at Upcoming Search and Fintech Features
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Hotels

Skift Global Forum Video: Developing the Next Generation of Hospitality Talent

In this video from Skift Global Forum 2022, we hear from Adam Stewart, executive chairman of Sandals Resorts International (SRI), on the importance of investing in the next generation of talent during a critical, transitional time in the hospitality industry.

Skift Global Forum Video: Developing the Next Generation of Hospitality Talent

Hotels

Hotels Crank Up TikTok Marketing in Pursuit of Authenticity-Seeking Guests

Well-done short-form videos create a feeling of authenticity. No wonder savvy independent hotel brands are using the social media app TikTok to offer casual, energizing peeks at their properties.

Hotels Crank Up TikTok Marketing in Pursuit of Authenticity-Seeking Guests

Hotels

Independent Hotels Tap Social Media to Drive Direct Bookings

Independent hoteliers don't have a level playing field with the big brands when it comes to attracting direct bookings. But a savvy use of social media can improve things a lot.

Independent Hotels Tap Social Media to Drive Direct Bookings

Short-Term Rentals

Full Video: Airbnb CEO at Skift Global Forum 2022

Don't miss Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky in one of his most comprehensive sit-downs ever, on stage at Skift Global Forum with Skift founder and CEO Rafat Ali. Watch as he talks about why the future of travel may be potatoes (joke) and why performance marketing is like a drug (no joke).

Full Video: Airbnb CEO at Skift Global Forum 2022

Hotels

Wyndham Debuts Digital Tipping of Housekeepers Via Mobile App

A mobile tipping solution is a trend we welcome. Who carries small amounts of cash anymore? Plus, news in hotel deals and development worldwide.

Wyndham Debuts Digital Tipping of Housekeepers Via Mobile App