Articles tagged “independent hotels”

Coronavirus

Busting Independent Hotel Myths During Covid-19: New Skift Research

The conventional wisdom is that hotel brands are a safe harbor for owners during a storm. But has that been the case during Covid-19? Recent data suggests that the reality is far more nuanced.

Busting Independent Hotel Myths During Covid-19: New Skift Research

Online Travel

What Airbnb Fears the Most and 12 Other Top Travel Stories This Week

In this roundup, we highlight our coverage of Airbnb's financials released ahead of its initial public offering (we wrote eight articles!), the key takeaways from the inaugural Skit Aviation Forum, and a look at smarter destination marketing.

What Airbnb Fears the Most and 12 Other Top Travel Stories This Week

Coronavirus

Parsing Hotel ‘Hygiene Theater’ From Truly Effective Health Protocols

Independent hoteliers with smaller back offices could find a third-party company like Blue Canary useful in mapping out heightened health and safety protocols. But it isn't clear if bigger brands with compliance departments will ever find need for outside help on cleaning.

Parsing Hotel ‘Hygiene Theater’ From Truly Effective Health Protocols

Online Travel

Making More Affordable Software for the World’s Independent Hotels

We like to say there's always a way to create your own white space. HotelRunner is a startup looking at the crowded hospitality sector in fresh ways. Think the budget model of EasyJet or AirAsia, but for a hotel tech stack.

Making More Affordable Software for the World’s Independent Hotels

Coronavirus

Premier Inn Owner Whitbread Seeks $1.2 Billion to Convert Independents to Brand

Whitbread is the UK's leading hotel operator. It wants to boost its room inventory in the UK and Germany by 170,000, mostly by taking share from the "significant but declining independent hotel sector."

Premier Inn Owner Whitbread Seeks $1.2 Billion to Convert Independents to Brand

Online Travel

Coronavirus Upheaval Prompts Independent Hotels to Look at Management Company Startups

The startup Life House has a new white-labeled full management service that doesn't require a costly rebrand or renovation. We expect only a few dozen hotels will sign up this year for it. But the new offering underscores the bigger picture, stark choices facing the owners of tens of thousands of independent hotels now.

Coronavirus Upheaval Prompts Independent Hotels to Look at Management Company Startups
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Hotels

How Small, Independent Hotels Are Using Tech to Be More Competitive

Independent hotels struggle to keep up with larger hotels and chains when it comes to adopting the latest technology, thanks to high costs and complexity of implementation. However, they stand to benefit substantially if they adopt the right systems.

How Small, Independent Hotels Are Using Tech to Be More Competitive
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5 Ways Independent Hotels Can Fight For and Win Direct Bookings

Attaining direct bookings can be a tough fight, especially for independent hotels that tend to operate on tighter marketing budgets than their corporate counterparts. But if the independents get the tactics right, there’s a lot of room for growth.

5 Ways Independent Hotels Can Fight For and Win Direct Bookings

Hotels

Best Western Plugs Luxury Gap by Buying WorldHotels

Is this the beginning of a new cycle of global hotel chains buying independent hotel groups? As competition intensifies for soft brands, more of such consolidations should not surprise anyone.

Best Western Plugs Luxury Gap by Buying WorldHotels

Online Travel

Expedia Acknowledges a New Balance of Power With Hotels in Direct Booking Challenge

A year from now — or perhaps sooner — we wouldn't be at all surprised to hear Expedia executives admit that hotels' direct-booking campaigns were having more of an adverse impact than the company initially articulated. Hotels have taken back some control from Expedia, and its shift toward independent hotels has far-reaching implications.

Expedia Acknowledges a New Balance of Power With Hotels in Direct Booking Challenge