Marriott knows two things for certain about its homesharing business launched back in April: The offering is still tiny compared to market rivals, and Marriott Bonvoy, the industry's largest loyalty offering at 133 million users, will likely be the catalyst for its growth.
Accor Hotels caught the Singapore hotel industry by surprise with its latest deal with Global Premium Hotels, which operates Fragrance Hotel, a low budget brand that has a tinge of sleaze as many of its properties rent by the hour and are commonly used for sex.
TripAdvisor is contemplating the introduction of a loyalty program, and is taking steps to increase engagement from its members as part of a plan to counter the reduced free traffic the company got from Google in the second quarter.
Hotels have been accused of "profiteering" from the collapse of Super Break by hiking prices.
What does luxury travel now have in common with grocery shopping, music streaming, and shaving?
Airbnb, the pioneer of the sharing economy, disruptor of hotels, curator of experiences, has kept themselves in the news this year. With their CEO hinting at a 2019 IPO, their purchase of HotelTonight in March, and the recent announcement of Airbnb Adventures, established hotel chains continue to watch and worry.
Marriott International is faring better than its industry rivals in the increasingly important Chinese market, thanks to its Alibaba partnership and expanding market portfolio in the country.
In addition to its regulatory woes, Airbnb confronts a vexing problem — what's the company's identity?
From the British Windsors to the Aga Khan to Monaco's House of Grimaldi, privacy and discretion is paramount for royals when traveling. First-class hospitality, personalized service and luxury amenities are also essential, so it takes a truly remarkable hotel to capture their hearts.
While private members clubs are far from a novel concept, a new crop of hospitality players are putting a fresh spin on the time-honored concept.