It was a busy hotel week at Skift, with news from Accor’s big investor day and reports from the annual HITEC conference in Toronto. Travel tech journalist Justin Dawes was on hand to discuss the current state of hotel technology, as well as question some of the ideas for the future.
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Top Stories for a Weekend Trip
Accor’s Investor Day: 7 Top Slides From The Hotel Group’s Guide
Accor’s six-hour investor event featured 172 presentations. Here are 7 that stood out to us, including new financial information on its Ennismore subsidiary. Tomorrow: Accor Says It Will Add 1,200 Hotels in 5 Years
United’s New York Troubles Show How Weather Can Affect Airline Operations
It doesn’t take much weather to destroy air traffic. Add in the shortage of air traffic controllers, and other internal problems, and you have the problem that is United this week.
Carnival Is ‘On The Side’ In China And Says Spending Is ‘Off The Charts’
Carnival appears to be running on high demand, but rising costs are proving to be a challenge for the company.
They are the leading players in Boutique Hotels. They See Power in Brands – and Hostels.
Investor Stephen Chan has developed several independent hotels, including a high-end hostel. But creating a new playbook for each home takes time. Can his team handle the technology?
Booking.com Chooses OpenAI – Not Google Bard – for Generative AI Rollout
Tit-for-tat in AI one-upmanship has begun with Booking.com and Expedia having ChatGPT apps. This will continue for many years. Tomorrow: Priceline Launches New AI Platform with ‘Penny’ Chatbot
Delta Puts New Hope on Gen Z and Millennials, Not Business Travelers
With business travel still booming, Delta is looking for a new audience for its premium services.
The Fall of Airbnb That Never Was
If you’ve seen a tweetstorm about “the collapse of Airbnb” and you’re wondering if the data seems too surprising – you’re not alone, or wrong. A special edition of the Skift STR Report by Skift Pro Subscribers.
Hotels are Way Behind on Tech. These brands are trying to change that.
Hoteliers admit they are late to the party when it comes to adopting technology. Now, they’re trying to find the basics and adopt new ones at the same time. Tomorrow: New Hotel Tech: Room Service Robots and Holograms
Selina Makes Money Because She Still Struggles With Loss
Investments pledged from Global University Systems, a long-time player in for-profit education, are limited. But his reward-making punishment is exactly what Selina needs. In this way, Selina will cut up to 350 jobs.
The Real Dangers of Using Facial Recognition in Situations
Why taking a more private approach to using facial recognition for event tracking could make event organizers safe from GDPR fines.
In this episode of the Skift Ideas podcast, Colin Nagy sits down with renowned hotel expert Liz Lambert to discuss creating unparalleled guest experiences.
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250 Short Term Rental Brands
Skift Research took a deep dive into the current state of short-term lending. Here are the top 250 leading short term loan companies.
Photo Credit: Accor CEO Sebastien Bazin talks with Skift CEO and founder Rafat Ali at the Skift Forum Europe in London on March 24, 2022.