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Articles tagged “hotels”

Trivago Planning $428 Million IPO to Help Fund Even More TV Ads

Trivago Planning $428 Million IPO to Help Fund Even More TV Ads

Dennis Schaal, Skift

When you think of all the online travel companies constrained by a lack of marketing resources wipe Trivago out of your mind. The Germany-based hotel metasearch site spends a whopping 88 percent of its revenue on advertising. And, if it can pull off a successful initial public offering then Trivago will resupply its advertising war chest. The metasearch rich are getting richer.

23 hours ago

Cendyn Buys Guestfolio to Expand Its Hotel Digital Marketing Solutions

Cendyn Buys Guestfolio to Expand Its Hotel Digital Marketing Solutions

Dennis Schaal, Skift

As with Cendyn and Guestfolio, further consolidation is likely in the hotel marketing and loyalty sector as the number of competitors proliferate and the opportunities grow.

1 week ago

Skift Backstage Podcast: Frits van Paasschen on Being Your Own Disruptor

Skift Backstage Podcast: Frits van Paasschen on Being Your Own Disruptor

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Frits van Paasschen brings great perspective to the biggest hotel story of the year and offers a smart take on the puzzles that the travel industry still needs to solve.

1 week ago

Google Making Gains in Hotel Advertising, Updates Website for Hoteliers

Google Making Gains in Hotel Advertising, Updates Website for Hoteliers

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Google may not be on the road toward becoming an online travel agency, but the search engine is inserting itself more aggressively in the travel research and hotel-shopping process.

4 weeks ago

Booking.com Powers Hotels for Southwest, Its First U.S. Airline

Booking.com Powers Hotels for Southwest, Its First U.S. Airline

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Booking.com displaced Southwest's long-time hotel partner, Orbitz, on Southwest.com. Booking.com's pay-at-the-hotel system meshes much better with Southwest's flexible fare structure than did Orbitz's preponderous hotel bookings requiring prepayment. Booking.com's integration of its Rocketmiles acquisition on Southwest now makes total sense.

1 month ago

Guests Find Ways to Stream Shows Despite Finicky Hotel Wi-Fi

Guests Find Ways to Stream Shows Despite Finicky Hotel Wi-Fi

Seth Porges, Bloomberg

Anyone remember a couple of years ago when the U.S. Federal Communications Commission spanked hotel chains for blocking consumers' bring-your-own Wi-Fi devices at conferences -- and some feared in guest rooms? The brands' distaste for streaming devices and Wi-Fi workarounds was one of the reasons they tried the blocking thing.

1 month ago

3 Charts From Facebook Detail U.S. Travelers’ Loyalty Inclinations

3 Charts From Facebook Detail U.S. Travelers’ Loyalty Inclinations

Dan Peltier, Skift

Price and awards will always be a strong pull for getting travelers to join loyalty programs but Facebook IQ's data show that that's more true for some travelers than for others.

1 month ago

Rezidor Cutting Costs to Cope With Tough European Environment

Rezidor Cutting Costs to Cope With Tough European Environment

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Like other global hotel companies with a high exposure in Europe, Rezidor continues to struggle in part because of continued security concerns. Those running the company will be hoping that the likes of France and Turkey bounce back soon.

1 month ago

Chinese HNA Group Buys $6.5 Billion Stake in Hilton Worldwide

Chinese HNA Group Buys $6.5 Billion Stake in Hilton Worldwide

Associated Press

HNA Group's taste for hospitality acquisitions is seemingly endless. It will be interesting to see whether its latest deal causes complications in its purchase of Carlson Hotels or with its other shareholdings.

1 month ago

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Streamlining RFP Responses for Hotel Group Business Leaders

Streamlining RFP Responses for Hotel Group Business Leaders

Cendyn/EVENTS + Skift

Advancements in electronic RFP technology have finally given hotels the ability to streamline, automate, and curate RFP responses, giving each request the attention and personalization it requires to secure that business.

2 months ago

Google Flights Now Notifies Flyers When Airfares Will Expire

Google Flights Now Notifies Flyers When Airfares Will Expire

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Google has several very clear advantages over competitors: its mountains of data sets and the computing power to do something with them. That's the context of some of these incremental changes in Google Flights and hotel search. Slowly but surely, after much data crunching and testing, Google -- which already is one of the largest players in travel -- is enhancing its flight and hotel products for consumers and advertisers.

2 months ago

Expedia Begins Revealing Its Big Ambitions in Hotel Services

Expedia Begins Revealing Its Big Ambitions in Hotel Services

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Expedia is seeking to gain even more influence in the hotel industry while the big chains are trying to limit online travel agencies' clout through the hotels' direct-booking campaigns. As Expedia's recent Marriott Vacations and Red Lion deals, along with the needs of smaller hotels, show, there is substantial upside for Expedia.

2 months ago