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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.

Short-Term Rentals

AvantStay Creates a $500 Million Fund for Investing in Short-Term Rentals

Nothing underscores how mainstream vacation rentals have become as seeing institutional investors get in on the action.

AvantStay Creates a $500 Million Fund for Investing in Short-Term Rentals

Coronavirus

Choice Hotels CEO Lays Out the Plan to Buy More Upscale Hotels

These aren’t going to be transformative deals for Choice Hotels like Starwood was for Marriott, but an upscale, extended stay brand would provides another option for business travelers. Meanwhile, a higher-end, full service brand would just help round out the overall portfolio.

Choice Hotels CEO Lays Out the Plan to Buy More Upscale Hotels

Coronavirus

Hilton Looks Beyond Omicron to Double Down on China Growth Plans

Global hotel companies like Hilton are quick to say China’s stretched-out lockdown measures aren’t deterring them from developing new projects there. Too much money is riding on these potentially lucrative deals to happen.

Hilton Looks Beyond Omicron to Double Down on China Growth Plans

Coronavirus

Wyndham Vaults Back to Full Recovery on Leisure Travel and Essential Workers

Affordable hotels and a focus on resilient, on-the-road business travel segments like infrastructure accounts throttled Wyndham back to pre-pandemic performance levels. Maintaining focus on its strengths sets it apart from direct competitor Choice Hotels.

Wyndham Vaults Back to Full Recovery on Leisure Travel and Essential Workers

Hotels

Daily Podcast: Marriott’s Massive Profit

Good morning from Skift. It's Wednesday, February 16, in New York City. Here's what you need to know about the business of travel today.

Daily Podcast: Marriott’s Massive Profit

Short-Term Rentals

Airbnb Looks to Recruit More Hosts to Meet Demand After Record 2021

By the numbers alone — around 4 million hosts — Airbnb hasn't made much progress in host recruitment despite marketing campaigns, easing the onboarding process, and pairing hosts with super host mentors. But there is a pandemic still going on, and Asia-Pacific has largely not rebounded.

Airbnb Looks to Recruit More Hosts to Meet Demand After Record 2021

Coronavirus

Marriott Rode Leisure Travel Trends to a $1 Billion Profit Last Year

The U.S. recovery fueled Marriott's profitable fourth quarter and entire 2021. But weaker performance in China isn't deterring the company from wanting to have more hotels there and other international markets. Real estate is a long-term play.

Marriott Rode Leisure Travel Trends to a $1 Billion Profit Last Year

Hotels

Pendry Wants to Blur the Lines Between Boutique and Luxury in Hotels

Pendry has built an interesting boutique-feeling brand on top of actual luxury knowledge and operations. The result is something differentiated in the market and worth keeping an eye on.

Pendry Wants to Blur the Lines Between Boutique and Luxury in Hotels

Hotels

Inspirato’s Public Debut Receives Investor Endorsement of Subscription Travel

Unlike Airbnb and Vrbo, which have struggled at times to attract ample numbers of hosts to meet demand, Inspirato and its subscription model play in a more focused space. Although there is plenty of competition, there are tons of potential home leases to lay siege for around the world where the monied set want to jet and play.

Inspirato’s Public Debut Receives Investor Endorsement of Subscription Travel

Short-Term Rentals

Airbnb Regulatory Fixer to Depart, Leaving Controversial Legacy

Under Chris Lehane, Airbnb has often irritated and outraged local government leaders and short-term rental peers. But as we know about negative campaigns and hardball tactics, they often get results.