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Weird and wonderful architecture around the world

Longaberger Company home office building, Newark, Ohio: This is the building-as-selfie opportunity: a seven-story folly that looks exactly as it says it looks. The "Big Basket" is a retail building that belonged for a long time to an interior decor company which, ahem, sold baskets. Thus did boss …

European Travel

Marriott unveils partners for in-destination experiences platform

Marriott has signed a series of deals with technology companies to expand and open up its Marriott Moments platform of bookable destination …

Hospitality

The top spots for a cheap city break in Europe

If you’re already running low on holiday time and funds, there’s still hope for your next vacation. Travellers in the UK can start planning their next city break to one of the cheapest cities in Europe.<p>London Luton Airport has crunched the numbers and found out the least expensive European cities …

European Travel

The brand-new Marriott Rewards card is offering a 100,000-point sign-up bonus – enough for a free 5-night hotel stay or more

<i>The Insider Picks team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase.</i><p>Marriott<p>Earlier this month, Marriott and Chase announced a brand new co-branded credit card: the Marriott Rewards Premier Plus. The new …

Personal Finance

Blackstone Swoops Back Into Hotels With $4.8 Billion Offer for LaSalle

Blackstone’s checking out of Hilton and into LaSalle.<p>Just days after announcing plans to sell the last of its Hilton Worldwide Holdings Inc. shares, …

Hospitality

Best Luxury Hotels In Bali With Rooms With Direct Pool Access

The paradise Indonesian island of Bali is definitely one of my all time favourite destinations for luxury travel; forested volcanic mountains, …

Airports

Hotel front desk secrets: 9 ways to improve your stay

Ever wondered what the person at the front desk is really thinking when checking you into a hotel? I spoke with half a dozen current and former hotel front desk staffers who shared their pet peeves, offered insider advice, and revealed how (and how not) to get an upgrade. Below are nine important …

Hospitality

Watch out, Airbnb: Marriott thinks it can win the home-sharing game

Marriott International has only been piloting its home-sharing program for six months, but it’s already pretty sure it can win the home-sharing game.<p>The 90-year-old hotel company teamed up with Tribute Portfolio Homes for its London-based home-sharing pilot program, and in an earnings call last …

Hospitality

Marriott International: Dividend Raise And Expected Earnings Beat Follow An Impressive 2017

The business and why you should buy<p>Marriott International, Inc. (MAR) is a leading global hotel chain that operates, manages and franchises …

Investing

Marriott (MAR) Q1 Earnings: Will RevPAR Growth Boost Sales?

1 / 2<p>Why Is Corning (GLW) Up 3.4% Since Its Last Earnings Report?<p>Corning (GLW) reported earnings 30 days ago. What's next for the stock? We take a …

Investing

InterContinental Hotels Group Focuses on Growing Luxury and Midscale Presence

InterContinental Hotels Group (IHG) is looking at two seemingly different ends of the hospitality spectrum for growth in the hopes that betting on …

Hospitality

Iceland's Blue Lagoon Spa Have Opened A Stunning Luxury Hotel

article<p>https://www.gq.com.au/lifestyle/travel/icelands-blue-lagoon-spa-have-opened-a-stunning-luxury-hotel/image-gallery/a38e2a4a0ea806fd1623a74417f94 …

Luxury Lifestyle

Hyatt CEO: Funds for Future Growth Will Come From Real Estate Sales

When it comes to growing Hyatt Hotels & Resorts, the Chicago-based hospitality company is more or less following the lead of its hotel peers.<p>During …

Hospitality

Tiny shampoo bottles are out at dozens of Marriott and InterContinental hotel brands

Two of the world's largest hotel companies have started phasing out those tiny shampoo and conditioner bottles that travelers have been stealing from hotel bathrooms for years.<p>InterContinental Hotels and Marriott International both began this year to replace the individual-size bottles with large …

Hospitality

This hotel of the future looks like something straight out of Star Wars -

Engineers from the Canadian firm WSP have joined forces with Innovation Imperative to create plans for a fascinating new hotel with a modular set-up …

Solar Thermal

Marriott Rewards to merge, unify benefits with Starwood, Ritz-Carlton loyalty programs

Marriott has announced major changes to its loyalty program, Marriott Rewards, that will merge the program with its Ritz-Carlton and Starwood subsidiaries and set unified benefit levels.<p>Under the new program, members will have the option to earn and redeem points at more than 6,500 hotels in 127 …

Hospitality

Black Sea bank, Bulgaria's Postbank to fund Sofia's first Marriott | Reuters

SOFIA, April 16 (Reuters) - Black Sea Trade and Development Bank (BSTDB) and Bulgaria’s Postbank, a unit of Greece’s Eurobank (EURBr.AT), will lend 58.3 million euros ($72 million) for the construction of the first Marriott hotel in Bulgaria, officials said.<p>The 12-year loan will be made to I Tower …

North Africa

How to Play Hilton Worldwide Ahead of Earnings

Kevin Kelly, managing partner at Benchmark, discusses earnings season and his options trade for Hilton Worldwide with Julie Hyman on "Bloomberg …

Marriott Finally Reveals How It Will Combine All 3 of Its Loyalty Programs

It’s the moment 110 million travelers have been waiting for since 2016.<p>Today, Marriott announced how the company will formally unite all three of its …

Family travel: How to survive seasonal vacation crowds

It's high noon in Sedona, Ariz., and the vacation crowds are swelling in the early spring heat. They're jamming up Highway 89A with their RVs, playing bumper-cars on the roundabouts, and forming long lines at the grocery stores and restaurants.<p>And here we are, with a front-row seat to spring break …

Hospitality

Paradise lost: Beautiful islands ruined by tourism

Their very geographical nature makes islands particularly prone to overcrowding – simply put, there’s not enough room for endless streams of tourists. Here are some of the most worrying examples of islands, many of which were once untouched, falling victim to their own popularity.<p>Phi Phi Islands, …

Morgan Freeman

Iceland’s Top Attraction Finally Has a Luxury Hotel

Exclusive images of the long-awaited Retreat at Blue Lagoon Iceland, which finally opened its doors.<p>Kim Kardashian swam in its clear blue waters. So …

The Best Small Luxury Hotels In The World

Best Small Luxury Hotels In The World<p>In "Accommodation"<p>Eze is a medieval village perched at the top of a mountain and looking down upon the deep blue …

30 irresistible places Americans dream of owning a vacation home

If you've ever fantasized about turning your getaway dreams into reality, you've got company.<p>Approximately 14% of realtor respondents in the National Association of Realtors' Profile of International Activity in US Residential Real Estate said they had a US client seeking property abroad — 87% of …

Real Estate

Hotels Aim to Take a New Generation to Bed

The world’s biggest hotel companies are in the midst of rapid expansion as an industry boom has lasted far longer than many had predicted, bolstered …

The 33 Cheapest Places To Travel In 2018

Looking to take a cheap vacation in 2018? You’ve come to the right place. While experts are predicting that travel prices are on the rise this year, …

An Exclusive First Look At Charleston's Newest Boutique Hotel

Charleston is about to get a new boutique hotel—Hotel Bella Grace–opening later this spring. The intimate 50-room property is located on Calhoun Street, adjacent to the historic Delany House, and central to Charleston’s best shopping and dining.<br>It will mark the second project from Charleston-based …

Hospitality

Hotel rooms with amazing views

Airbnb takes on Booking.com and Expedia as it tries to woo hotels and B&Bs

Airbnb is making a direct pitch to boutique hotels and bed-and-breakfast (B&B) owners as it attempts to broaden the appeal of its own service and …

Bali to stop mobile internet on Saturday

Due to the Balinese New Year's Day celebration "Nyep", mobile network operators on the Indonesian holiday island of Bali have agreed to switch off …