Articles tagged “virgin hotels”

Still Waiting for Richard Branson’s Virgin Hotels to Transform Hospitality

Still Waiting for Richard Branson’s Virgin Hotels to Transform Hospitality

Nancy Trejos, Skift

Richard Branson created Virgin Hotels nine years ago, promising to deliver about two dozen boutique hotels with flair. So far, only three hotels have opened. Will it be able to accelerate its growth in 2020?

5 months ago

Richard Branson Has Big Plans for Virgin’s Travel Brands in 2020

Richard Branson Has Big Plans for Virgin’s Travel Brands in 2020

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

While Richard Branson and the Virgin Group have had attempted to break into many industries over the years, travel has remained an enduring part of the business. This looks to continue with cruises, hotels, and space tourism as key areas of focus.

7 months ago

Virgin Hotels Plans a Scotland Property as Brand Slowly Expands

Virgin Hotels Plans a Scotland Property as Brand Slowly Expands

Beth J. Harpaz, Associated Press

More interesting than this hotel opening are the reports that Virgin may be taking over the existing Hard Rock Hotel property in Las Vegas.

2 years ago

Most Hotel Apps Still Need a Radical Overhaul

Most Hotel Apps Still Need a Radical Overhaul

Deanna Ting, Skift

If mobile is increasingly becoming a more popular channel, not only for booking and search but also for in-destination travel experiences, this report is proof that hotels have a lot of work to do when it comes to their apps.

3 years ago

Opinion: Virgin and Richard Branson Have a Problem With Women Nobody Talks About

Opinion: Virgin and Richard Branson Have a Problem With Women Nobody Talks About

Jason Clampet, Skift

We are fans of Virgin products and we think that the brand's founder does good work. But we'd also like to see a workplace relatively free of the type of sexist images it promotes at launch events and anywhere else the founder shows up.

3 years ago

Understanding Virgin Hotel Chicago’s Quick Rise to Consumer Favorite

Understanding Virgin Hotel Chicago’s Quick Rise to Consumer Favorite

Colin Nagy, Skift

It's really rather simple: Treat your guests well and offer them a great product.

4 years ago

Hotels Increasingly Offer Safety and Stereotypes in Rooms for Solo Women

Hotels Increasingly Offer Safety and Stereotypes in Rooms for Solo Women

Sarah Enelow, Skift

Dukes Hotel’s new female-specific rooms highlight personal safety, but they also reinforce gender stereotypes. The bigger question is: Do they really think these measures are serving women better or is the real goal to use women as a marketing gimmick?

4 years ago

Interview: Virgin Hotels CEO on Why He’s in the Entertainment Business

Interview: Virgin Hotels CEO on Why He’s in the Entertainment Business

Greg Oates, Skift

Virgin Hotels is attempting to find the right design and programming balance that caters to people within different age groups who share the same lifestyle values.

4 years ago

Skift Podcast: Top Hotel CEOs and Executives Talk Direct Booking, Airbnb, and Cuba

Skift Podcast: Top Hotel CEOs and Executives Talk Direct Booking, Airbnb, and Cuba

Hannah Sampson , Skift

Every day, Skift's hotel experts bring original reporting and analysis to their coverage. Today, they're sharing that insight with podcast listeners.

4 years ago

The Hotel Smartphone App Will Control Room Service and Everything Else

The Hotel Smartphone App Will Control Room Service and Everything Else

Grant Martin, Skift

Soon the question won't be whether your hotel has a connected app -- it'll be how good your hotel's app is.

5 years ago

Virgin Hotels Thinks It Knows What Female Travelers Want

Virgin Hotels Thinks It Knows What Female Travelers Want

Jennifer Parker, Bloomberg

There's a bit of the "what guys think women want" to this that could have been solved by, say, talking to a few more women. But since the "female-friendly" features are good for everyone we won't complain too much.

5 years ago

Interview: Behind the Long-Awaited Opening of Virgin’s First Hotel

Interview: Behind the Long-Awaited Opening of Virgin’s First Hotel

Greg Oates, Skift

By focusing on the individual business traveler—especially female—with innovative room product and social F&B programming and design, Virgin Hotels Chicago is a business hotel that doesn't feel like a business hotel.

5 years ago