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Golden Nugget Seeks Merger With Gaming Giant Caesars - Hotels·17 October 2018
In the already competitive gaming industry, acquiring more scale will help both Golden Nugget and Caesars compete better. Just don't bet on this being the last merger or acquisition we'll see in the sector going forward.

How Nihi Hotels Adds a Wild Side to Luxury Travel - Hotels·16 October 2018
Modern luxury doesn't necessarily need overly formal staff and a stuffy atmosphere. It can be "consistently inconsistent," and yet still be totally unforgettable.

Hyatt Adds Its Spa Business Exhale to Loyalty Program - Hotels· 4 October 2018
This makes a ton of sense for World of Hyatt, but again will scale prove to be a challenge for Hyatt and for Exhale?

Hilton, Hyatt, and Blackstone Eyeing Belmond Hotels - Hotels· 3 October 2018
These potential suitors all have their own reasons for wanting to buy Belmond, but a bigger question looms as to why the company is deciding to put itself up for sale now after years of rebuffing the idea and years of underperformance.

Embassy Suites Hotel Looks to Fetch $200 Million in Hot Manhattan Hotel Market - Hotels·29 September 2018
This Bloomberg scoop shows just how much it's become a sellers' market for hotel owners in New York City. AIG's Hilton Embassy Suites property has only been operational since July. Now it's on the block.

Four Seasons CEO to Suitors: Thanks, But No Thanks - Hotels·28 September 2018
As a large independent hotel company with a distinctive luxury brand, Four Seasons is always going to be a takeover target but it sounds like it is more likely to be a buyer rather than a seller.

Marriott CEO to Unhappy Loyalty Members: 'Hang With Us - Hotels·28 September 2018
Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson knows that not everyone is thrilled with the merged Marriott-Starwood loyalty program. But at Skift Global Forum, he made the case for why they should be -- and said he hopes they'll come around.

Millennium & Copthorne Hotels CEO Exits After Three Months - Hotels·28 September 2018
A CEO leaving after such a short period suggests that all is not well at the hotel company.

Hilton Wants to Change the Conversation About Direct Booking With New Ad Campaign - Hotels·28 September 2018
Hotel industry to consumers: You should still stop clicking around, (obviously!), but you should also expect a lot more from us when you (1) book direct with us, (2) join our loyalty programs, and (3) stay in our hotels.

Ian Schrager on How Hotels Get Technology Wrong - Hotels·27 September 2018
The hospitality industry shouldn't forget its humanity, while continuing to innovate - just in a sensible and appropriate way. Strong message.

Hyatt CEO Says Hotels Will Ban Hate Groups: 'We Need to Draw the Line - Hotels·27 September 2018
Hyatt and other hotels are increasingly in the business of opening their doors to all who need a place to sleep, as long as they pack a peaceful and inclusiveness attitude with them.

Leading Hotels of the World Revamps Its Loyalty Program - Hotels·26 September 2018
Leading Hotels is taking a traditional, yet also somewhat contrarian approach to hotel loyalty -- but will it pay off for its independent hotel members?

Executive Q&A: Susanne Hatje of Mandarin Oriental, New York on Thriving in an Ultra-Competitive Luxury Market - Hotels·25 September 2018
It can be hard to hold the attention of New York visitors for more than 15 minutes, let alone 15 years. But Mandarin Oriental, New York has managed to thrive in the city's competitive luxury hotel sector, reinventing itself with an ever-changing mix of unique amenities, growing ties to the local neighborhood, and an ongoing commitment to top-tier service.

Next-Generation Hotel Brand Oyo Is Raising $1 Billion - Hotels·25 September 2018
Softbank poured the jet fuel of capital on Oyo's twist on hotel franchising. It has doubled its room count to more than 100,000 in India in two years, and just this year went from zero to 50,000 rooms in China. Wow.

25hours Hotels Pilots Its Own Concierge Service for Local Communities - Hotels·25 September 2018
Another day, another attempt from a hotel company to reinvent the role of the hotel concierge.

Park Hyatt Tokyo Focuses on Being Egalitarian Ahead of Olympics Spotlight - Hotels·25 September 2018
Empathy. When was the last time you heard a hotel executive talk about that? General manager Herve Mazella shares his views on service, what makes the Park Hyatt Tokyo unique, and what he has learned from the Japanese approach to hospitality.

How Hotels Need to Balance the Amenities We Want Versus Those We Actually Use - Hotels·20 September 2018
There's a very careful consideration to be made here by hoteliers, and even if guests don't use a particular amenity as much as they think they will, that doesn't necessarily mean that a hotel should get rid of it.

Disneyland's Hotel Workers Will See Starting Pay Rise to $15 an Hour - Hotels·19 September 2018
Workers at Disney's parks in Florida and California have already negotiated wage increases, so it makes sense that the company's hotels are following.

Skift Trend Report: Creating the Hotel of the Future With Ancillaries - Hotels·18 September 2018
Our newest report takes a look at the rapidly evolving world of hotel ancillaries. These "add-on" purchases are already a key tool for hotels to maximize revenue. But now, they are taking on much greater importance as hotels look to deepen relationships with guests and play a greater role in the entire customer journey.

U.S. Hotel Industry Commits to Giving Panic Button Safety Devices to Workers - Hotels· 6 September 2018
Implementation of panic buttons, or employee safety devices, for hotel employees is a good start, but it should just be the beginning of the much broader measures the entire global hospitality industry should take to ensure the safety of every single person who walks through its doors.

Power of the New Marriott: Latest Skift Research Report - Hotels·21 August 2018
The monumental task of integrating Starwood continues almost two years later at Marriott, with all eyes on the Sheraton brand turnaround and the merging of the loyalty programs. Both could mean millions in incremental fee revenue, and efforts to reduce hotel-owner costs aren't going unnoticed.

Marriott and Starwood Face Speed Bumps in Loyalty Merger - Hotels·20 August 2018
The planned integration of Starwood Preferred Guest and Marriott Rewards did not go entirely smoothly this weekend. Some members were not shy about expressing their unhappiness.

Generator Doesn't Want to Be Known as a Hostel Brand Anymore - Hotels·20 August 2018
London-based Generator has always been known as a brand eager to upend preconceived notions about what a hostel could be. So, it makes perfect sense, as the 14-property brand matures and expands into new markets — including Miami this month — that Generator drops the “hostels” part of its name and moves forward simply as “Generator.”

Luxury Hotelier Oberoi Group Stays the Course By Focusing on One Brand - Hotels·20 August 2018
It all started with a plague. In 1922, 24-year-old Mohan Singh Oberoi fled his hometown of Bhaun, India, in the Punjab province, now a region of Pakistan. He was penniless, but his mother, who raised him alone, urged him to escape the virulent outbreak overtaking their village and find work in Shimla, India, a nearby city. He spent the summer rambling around the countryside, desperately trying to land a job. One day, he walked into the Hotel Cecil and asked if there were any openings. To Oberoi’s surprise, the manager hired him as a front desk clerk.

Lawyers for Vegas Shooting Victims Criticize MGM Resorts - Hotels·17 August 2018
The far-reaching toll of gun violence knows no bounds.

How Independent Hotels are Reimagining Loyalty Programs - Hotels·16 August 2018
Independent hotels don't have the global resources of major chains when it comes to building traditional guest loyalty programs. But independent hoteliers are pushing the envelope and finding creative ways to reward loyal guests and guests who book direct.


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