Anthony Bourdain’s favorite hotels

If there’s one thing to learn from Anthony Bourdain’s hit CNN travel docuseries, Parts Unknown, it’s that good travel experiences should be anything but cookie-cutter. He taught us to seek out hand-crafted meals and throw any notion of a comfort zone to wind, showed us and that there are few occasions not improved by a … [Read more…]

Expedia Faces Stiff Headwinds in Rebranded Short-Term Rental Business

Expedia Group’s short-term rental business struggled in the first quarter of 2019. Olivia Carville / Bloomberg Skift Take: When Expedia announced the acquisition of HomeAway in 2015, then-CFO Mark Okerstrom called it “a huge opportunity on a go-forward basis.” Today, it still is, but now-CEO Okerstrom said the short-term rental business must strive to gain … [Read more…]

New Research: The Evolution of Online Hotel Distribution in Europe

Skift Take: A new whitepaper examining distribution trends in Europe’s online hotel sector suggests that flexibility is a critical success factor for the region’s hospitality operators. Hotel executives must constantly review and optimize their channel mix if they hope to succeed and thrive in this highly competitive environment. — Read the Complete Story On Skift

Google’s Travel Services Aren’t a Focus of European Regulators Just Yet

Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, at a press conference March 20, 2019 announcing a fine against Google. European Union Skift Take: Over the last couple of years, rumors have been flying around that the European Union wanted to take a closer look at Google’s travel tools. For now at least, that doesn’t seem to be the … [Read more…]

Meituan Dianping Claims Leadership as Largest Domestic Hotel Site in China

A Meituan delivery guy is waiting for red light on October 23, 2016. The company claims to be the largest booker of hotel rooms within China. Zhang Peng / LightRocket via Getty Images Skift Take: Meituan has an advantage in travel over some of its competitors because it is a platform company, offering an extensive … [Read more…]

Barbie hotel room Mexico City

If Barbie were real, is there any question if she’d be an Instagram influencer? She absolutely would be. And though somehow Mattel hasn’t put out Influencer Barbie just yet, a new hotel suite in Mexico gets us pretty close. Starting this week and running through December, the Hilton Mexico City Santa Fe is offering guests … [Read more…]

Skift Megatrends Webinar: Everything is Converging in Hospitality

Skift Take: Our upcoming Skift Webinar, “Everything is Converging in Hospitality: Is Personalization the Answer for Travel Marketers?” takes a closer look at one of the trends defining travel in 2019. Register to attend on Thursday, March 28, 1-2pm EST. — Read the Complete Story On Skift

Hotels Tap New Tech to Clamp Down on Rogue Rates

Shown here is a person checking in at Park Hyatt Guangzhou. Sites like Google are directing consumers to online travel agencies that sometimes undercut hotels on rates that are out of contract. Hotel chains like Hyatt are hiring startups to help them track down these rogue rates. Fornova, one of those startups, has acquired another … [Read more…]