Articles tagged “hotels”

Expedia Has a New Tool to Help Hoteliers Use Reviews to Improve Service

Expedia Has a New Tool to Help Hoteliers Use Reviews to Improve Service

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Today Expedia's computers are analyzing guest reviews. We predict that someday its computers will use the reviews to create software-generated, Zagat-style hotel summaries, for its search results.

3 days ago

New Zealand Doesn’t Have Enough Hotel Rooms to Accommodate Crush of Tourists

New Zealand Doesn’t Have Enough Hotel Rooms to Accommodate Crush of Tourists

Tracy Withers and Matthew Brockett, Bloomberg

New Zealand needs to come to terms with its infrastructure problems in hospitality or it will be maxing out tourism opportunities. Although sometimes that can be a good thing if a destination gets overrun with visitors.

6 days ago

Priceline’s Boyd Says Company Has the ‘Muscle’ to Offer Private Rates Like Hotels Do

Priceline’s Boyd Says Company Has the ‘Muscle’ to Offer Private Rates Like Hotels Do

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Priceline Group executives say their relationships with the major hotel chains are good and the impact of their direct-booking campaigns isn't acute. Then why is Jeffery Boyd, the Group's executive chairman, talking about taking remedial actions?

1 week ago

Queen Mary Floating Hotel in Los Angeles Would Take $300 Million to Repair

Queen Mary Floating Hotel in Los Angeles Would Take $300 Million to Repair

Associated Press

Old, iconic cruise ships never die -- they become floating hotels. But even an international fundraising campaign, an idea being floated in Scotland, may be too little to save the rusting Queen Mary this time around.

1 week ago

Beijing Still Has a Massive Pollution Problem for Tourists and Locals Alike

Beijing Still Has a Massive Pollution Problem for Tourists and Locals Alike

Steven Schwankert, Skift

Although new measures and a 2022 date with the Winter Olympics may help clear the air, for now, Beijing’s hospitality industry has little choice but to address the situation – and hope guests order room service.

2 weeks ago

Banksy-Designed West Bank Hotel Shows Art Meeting Politics

Banksy-Designed West Bank Hotel Shows Art Meeting Politics

Nebi Qena, Associated Press

Banksy has become one of the most fascinating artists-slash-tourist-magnets in modern times. If this property indeed operates like a typical hotel, we expect demand will push rates far above $30 a night.

3 weeks ago

Facebook Launches City Guides With Booking for Hotels and Restaurants

Facebook Launches City Guides With Booking for Hotels and Restaurants

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The Facebook app now enables users to tap a Book Now button and has easy to use tap to call or messaging features with the venues. This is an important step by a company with a mammoth user base.

3 weeks ago

And What a Year It Was — Skift Corporate Travel Innovation Report

And What a Year It Was — Skift Corporate Travel Innovation Report

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

It was a year of surprising change in corporate travel. By embracing some of the innovations that are commonplace in leisure companies, travel management companies are slowly bringing themselves into the 21st century.

3 weeks ago

Rainmaker Group Sells Division for $300 Million to Focus on Hotel Revenue Management

Rainmaker Group Sells Division for $300 Million to Focus on Hotel Revenue Management

Sean O'Neill, Skift

This move will allow The Rainmaker Group to concentrate on its core competency of demand management for hotels and casinos, an area where competition is heating up from rivals like Duetto, LodgIQ, IDeaS, and Revinate.

4 weeks ago

Amadeus’ Bet on Hotel Services Is Beginning to Pay Off

Amadeus’ Bet on Hotel Services Is Beginning to Pay Off

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Amadeus says it is pulling off its promised trick of staying profitable despite margin pressure on its mainstay airline services business. This year much depends on how well its reservation system projects with Southwest Airlines and IHG go.

4 weeks ago

A Germaphobic Traveler Shares Some Travel Hacks

A Germaphobic Traveler Shares Some Travel Hacks

Maxwell Williams, Bloomberg

It's a good idea to bring Clorox wipes to disinfect hotel rooms. But how many travelers actually do it? If Jeff Klein never forgets, as he claims, he has an impressive record.

4 weeks ago

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The Future Of Family Travel: Experience and Education

The Future Of Family Travel: Experience and Education

Shangri-La + Skift

For most families, travel is a huge investment of both time and money. With many business travelers utilizing loyalty points earned while traveling for business, savvy hotels are adapting to cater to business travelers, leisure travelers, and their families.

4 weeks ago