What Legacy Travel Companies Could Learn From Oracle Hospitality’s Weeklong Tech Push

A view of a guest room at the Arlo NoMad in New York City. Arlo is uses Oracle’s property management system with an integration by a tech vendor called Zaplox. Oracle Hospitality ran an innovation week in which it helped hoteliers and tech vendors integrate with its property management system. Arlo Hotels Skift Take: A … [Read more…]

The Impact of Emerging Tech in Travel Post-Coronavirus: New Skift Research

Skift Take: There are so many technologies that can and will impact the travel industry, but it’s hard to poke through all the hype and see what will fundamentally change the future of travel. We investigate four technology buckets with the largest potential. — Wouter Geerts Read the Complete Story On Skift

Trump Administration Orders Shiji to Sell Hotel Tech Firm StayNTouch

Kevin King, chief operating officer of Shiji Group (left) spoke to Skift Senior Travel Tech Editor Sean O’Neill at Skift Tech Forum June 2019 in San Francisco. The Trump Administration on Friday demanded that Beijing-based Shiji unwind its acquisition of StayNTouch, the hotel property management system. Skift Skift Take: This is a highly unusual action. … [Read more…]

Executive Q&A: How Hoteliers Can Master Metasearch Advertising With Machine Learning

Skift Take: Hoteliers are typically at a disadvantage when it comes to competing efficiently in metasearch with online travel agencies. But most of these challenges can be overcome with the right technology partner in place. — Read the Complete Story On Skift

Oracle Hospitality Takes Hotel and Vendor Gripes Seriously At Last

Alex Alt, senior vice president and general manager of Oracle Hospitality, spoke at the company’s customer conference in Singapore in late 2019. Oracle Skift Take: For too long, Oracle Hospitality, a giant in the hotel tech space, has prioritized internal needs. Now it’s changed its tune. It says it’s making hotels the boss. The long … [Read more…]

Accor Taps Sabre for Pilot of Major Hotel Tech Project

An image of a hotel that’s part of the Accor Group portfolio, the Peppers Blue on Blue Resort on Magnetic Island in North Queensland, Australia, that belongs to the Mantra brand. Accor is doing a pilot test with technology vendor Sabre for a major overhaul of its digital systems. Accor Skift Take: Accor recently rebranded … [Read more…]

SiteMinder Gets Funding Boost as Financial Titan BlackRock Bets on Hotel Tech

SiteMinder’s top executives talk at the company’s Sydney headquarters. From right: CEO Sankar Narayan and Co-Founder and Chairman Mike Ford. SiteMinder, a hotel tech startup based in Sydney, has closed a Series C round of funding, led by BlackRock, the world’s biggest money manager. SiteMinder Skift Take: To call a company the best-capitalized hotel tech … [Read more…]

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…]