Sneak peek at Hilton’s stylish Canopy hotel rooms

Each property in Hilton’s newest brand will have a different look and feel depending on what city it is in. Hilton’s 12th brand will debut early next year in Iceland. Here’s a sneak peek on what its rooms will look like. Guests staying at a Canopy by Hilton hotel will receive a welcome gift upon … More Sneak peek at Hilton’s stylish Canopy hotel rooms

Hilton yields concessions in talks with OTAs

Recent negotiations with online travel agencies produced several victories for Hilton Worldwide. Concessions he cited include the right to charge loyalty customers lower rates than it pays to OTAs and elimination of last-room availability clauses. Hilton Worldwide completed a series of negotiations with major online travel agencies over the last quarter and wrangled important economic … More Hilton yields concessions in talks with OTAs

Is hotel brand consolidation the answer to OTAs?

Industry analysts believe consolidation is the wave of the future in the hotel industry in wake of the planned merger of Marriott International and Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide. But that consolidation could take many forms. Christopher Agnew, managing director for MKM Partners, described Marriott’s plans to buy Starwood as designed to combat online travel … More Is hotel brand consolidation the answer to OTAs?

Expedia serious about Airbnb entering hotel booking business

Speaking at the Credit Suisse Technology Conference in Phoneix, Expedia’s CFO however said that Airbnb wouldn’t find entering the hotel booking space an easy thing because of the strong presence of Booking.com and Expedia. Mark Okerstrom, Expedia’s CFO, said. “The industry structure is different. The business practices of the existing hoteliers are different. Connectivity is … More Expedia serious about Airbnb entering hotel booking business

Straight-to-room technology in hotels is going to revolutionize hotel stays

Technology has made the PBX operator nearly obsolete; check-out is already just a walk out the door. Will the day come when the front desk disappears completely? Yes, it will come … as we manage our lives through the power of “the device.” For the uninitiated, straight-to-room keyless entry allows guests to check-in to their … More Straight-to-room technology in hotels is going to revolutionize hotel stays

Booking.com shows true colours of a dominant player

The threat of legal action to prevent hotels using TripTease’s Price Check widget shows how seriously Booking.com is taking the situation. The message is clear: play by our rules or don’t play at all. That explains also why an “overwhelming” amount of hotels support TripTease, but don’t want to come out publicly. At first glance, … More Booking.com shows true colours of a dominant player

Amazing Feedback

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Millennial tastes are changing the hotel experience

Marriott has gone from producing high-thread-count bedsheets to a YouTube Web series designed to entertain younger travelers. But its biggest play yet for Millennials was agreeing to buy Starwood Hotels and Resorts, with its strong presence in the lifestyle brand category. Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson, who will lead the merged companies, said part of Starwood’s … More Millennial tastes are changing the hotel experience

Don’t do what fast-food restaurants are doing

Going for a stroll through downtown Toronto (my home city), I come across an A&W, a popular Canadian fast food restaurant, proudly flaunting its newest menu item: sriracha burgers. I stop, scratching my head, troubled by this discovery. For those of you still strictly in the meat and potatoes camp, sriracha is a fiery Thai … More Don’t do what fast-food restaurants are doing