IHG Is Changing How It Distributes Its Hotel Rates to Boost Direct Bookings

In October 2019, IHG-owned brand Kimpton said it would launch a Stay Human Project where it transforms the decor in one room in a handful of European hotels to more explicitly connect guests to a sense of place and community. IHG, Kimpton’s parent company, has been embracing new tech tools. IHG Skift Take: IHG represents … [Read more…]

SiteMinder Diversifies Away From Helping Hotels Solely on Room Sales

A photo of the Casa Andina Standard Nasca in Nasca, Peru. The hotel chain uses SiteMinder for help with online distribution. SiteMinder has launched an app store to help smaller hotels adopt new tools from other third-party vendors to manage their properties. Casa Andina Standard Nasca Skift Take: Tech provider SiteMinder is the latest firm … [Read more…]

Hotels Are Finding Cheaper Ways to Connect to Tech Vendors

A view of the Camino Real Hotel catering to a tourist crowd in Acapulco de Juárez, Mexico. The property belongs to Grupo Real Turismo, a hotel company that is using the startup Impala to connect to third-party vendors. Grupo Real Turismo Skift Take: Hotel tech innovation has been partly hampered by high tolls that property … [Read more…]

Shiji’s Hotel Tech Acquisition Spree: A Closer Look

Kevin King, chief commercial officer of Shiji Group, left, speaks at Skift Tech Forum. Skift Skift Take: Since 2016, Shiji has spent $141 million on acquisitions and investments across 10 tech companies outside of China, according to our review of its financial filings. Yet we still don’t grasp the overseas strategy of the hospitality tech … [Read more…]

Private Equity Takes Control of Cendyn in a Bet on Hotel Tech

A view of a junior suite at the Fontainebleau Miami Beach hotel, which is a customer of Cendyn, a travel tech firm that has received additional investment from private equity. Fontainebleau Miami Beach Skift Take: Many hoteliers will be watching what Cendyn’s new president, Tim Sullivan, does to grow his company’s software suite, which offers … [Read more…]

RateGain Acquires BCV, Gains Momentum in Hotel Tech Consolidation

A photo of the surf-inspired decor at the Kimpton Shorebreak Huntington Beach Resort in Huntingdon Beach, California. The photo is an example of the Instagram-friendly social media content that BCV, just acquired by RateGain, can provide hoteliers. BCV Skift Take: RateGain, a travel tech company backed by private equity, said it has begun a roll-up … [Read more…]

Smaller Hotels and Hostels Catch Up on Tech With New Wave of Software Makers

A guest room at the Slo Living hostel in Lyon, France, which uses Cloudbeds services to manage its property. Slo Living hostel Skift Take: The story of software maker Cloudbeds, named the fastest-growing travel and hospitality company in the U.S., points to a broader trend of smaller hotels adopting new tools to manage their properties. … [Read more…]