What AccorHotels’ Entry Into the Sharing Economy Means for the Future of Hotels

AccorHotels acquired a 30 percent stake last month in Miami-based Oasis Collections, which operates an accommodation-sharing model that incorporates some hotel-style amenities. “We have been looking at this space for a while, prompted by Airbnb having so much momentum,” Vivek Badrinath, deputy CEO at AccorHotels, told Skift. “This is very much a learning experience for us because we want…

Starwood Hotels and Resorts Announces Groundbreaking Expansion to Cuba

Becomes First Hospitality Company to Obtain U.S. Treasury Department Authorization to Operate In Cuba Signs Two Agreements and Letter of Intent to Open Hotels in Havana in 2016 Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (“Starwood”) (NYSE:HOT) today signed three new hotel deals in Cuba, marking the first U.S. based hospitality company to enter the market in nearly 60 years. This announcement follows receipt…

Wyndham Vacation Ownership Hosts “Resort Madness” Sweepstakes

Wyndham Vacation Ownership (WVO), the world’s largest vacation ownership company and a member of the Wyndham Worldwide family of companies (NYSE:  WYN), is inviting travelers to vote for their favorite  resort as they go head-to-head during the “Resort Madness” Sweepstakes now through April 12, 2016 for the chance to win a three-night vacation package with a retail value of…

staySky® Vacation Clubs Wins Prestigious Perspective Magazine Award

staySky® Vacation Clubs Awarded Best Membership Program for a Developer. Orlando, Florida – March 21, 2016 – (INTUITION by Perspective Group) – staySky® Vacation Clubs was recognized for having the Best Membership Program for a Developer at the 2016 Perspective Magazine Awards, an annual ceremony that honors leaders in the timeshare industry. The awards ceremony was held…

Your First Drop® At The Ritz-Carlton

Luxury Hotel Company Launches Proprietary Coffee Brand A new coffee is brewing at Ritz-Carlton hotels and resorts across the United States. First Drop® Coffee is proprietary and branded for The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company in America. It is made 100% from coffee beans harvested by Rainforest Alliance Certified® farms in Mexico and Brazil. In addition, select hotels…

Starwood Hotels & Resorts’ Eco-Savvy Element Brand Accelerates Growth in Texas with Adaptive Re-Use Project in Dallas

Element Dallas East will Deliver Smart, Sustainable Lodging just Across from the Baylor Medical Center Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: HOT) today announced it will expand its portfolio of Element Hotels in Texas with an adaptive re-use project in Dallas. Set to open in July 2018, Element Dallas East is one of six new Element hotels opening in Texas in the next…

DoubleTree by Hilton Opens its 10th Hotel in Turkey

DoubleTree by Hilton Van Welcomes its First Guests. DoubleTree by Hilton, one of Hilton Worldwide‘s (NYSE: HLT) 13 market-leading brands, announced today the opening of Doubletree by Hilton Van. The newest property in the brand’s fast-growing global portfolio of upscale, full-service hotels, joins nine DoubleTree by Hilton hotels already open in Turkey. Turkey’s Prime Minister, Ahmet Davutoğlu,…

The Gap Year Grows Up: Aloft Hotels Joins the Rising ‘Time Out’ Travel Movement That’s Spanning Generations

With 100+ Hotels around the World, Aloft to Help Hyper-Connected Global Travelers Get the Most Out of Their Gap Year Travels, Whenever and Wherever the Journey Occurs. Starwood’s Leading-Edge Brand Embarks upon Cross-Country Tour with Gap Year Author Andrea Wien; Launches Exclusive Gap Year Rates for Explorers of All Ages. Taking a cross-country or cross-continent…

Tru by Hilton Breaks Ground on First Property

Hilton Worldwide’s revolutionary new midscale brand comes to McDonough, Georgia  Hilton Worldwide (NYSE: HLT) today broke ground on its very first Tru by Hilton property located in McDonough, Georgia. The celebration marked the fastest brand announcement to groundbreaking in Hilton history, less than eight weeks after Tru’s public debut. Demonstrating Tru’s commitment to breaking the mold at every…

The Diamond Resorts International Events of a Lifetime 2016 Concert Series is Music to Members’ Ears

Events of a Lifetime® introduces a new and exciting private concert series featuring country music artists Colt Ford and Jana Kramer As champions of happier and healthier living through the power of vacations, Diamond Resorts International (DRII) continues to deliver on its promise of providing unique and exciting vacation experiences to its members and owners by introducing the 2016 concert…