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Hilton Unveils Loyalty Program Updates That Borrow From the Airlines

If last year’s big hospitality buzzword was “lifestyle,” this year’s could very well be another word that starts with the letter L: “loyalty.”<p>At …

Video: Travel's Next Big Challenge Is Connecting Our Global Megacities

Travel companies and entrepreneurs may have done a great job of connecting up the industry internationally but on a local level there is still plenty …

Room 77 Investors Lost Half of Their Investment, Employees Got Nothing

As the original Room 77 liquidates the company, founder Brad Gerstner of Altimeter Capital and CEO Drew Patterson informed preferred shareholders …

Radisson Hotel Owner Carlson Rezidor Hires First CIO

Radisson hotel owner Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group has tapped Kevin Carl as its first chief information officer, a company spokesman confirmed. Mr. Carl, who led Accenture PLC’s digital travel service, among other posts, for more than 18 years, officially took on the new role last week, the spokesman …

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Smile, please - personalised travel itineraries based on facial expressions

Image recognition is perhaps not the most obvious way of getting travellers involved in trip planning – but a new marketing campaign from Expedia is …

Marriott International Completes Acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide

Marriott International, Inc. (NASDAQ: MAR) has completed its acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc., creating the world's largest …

Marriott And Starwood Loyalty Members Caught off Guard by Integration After Merger

After a long summer in which progress on the Marriott and Starwood merger seemed glacial, the transaction kicked into high gear late last week after …

What Starwood’s CEO Is Telling Employees About Anbang Walking Away

The fourth round of the bidding war that emerged between Marriott International and an investor group led by Anbang Insurance Group over Starwood …

Starwood Hotels Bidder Anbang Walks Away, Leaves Door Open for Marriott

Anbang Insurance Group’s consortium is dropping its bid to purchase Starwood Hotels and Resorts, leaving the door open for Starwood’s deal with …

The giant Chinese insurer that wanted to buy Starwood Hotels is suddenly walking away

Anbang was leading a group of bidders, including the private equity firms J.C. Flowers and Primavera Capital Limited, which said in a statement it would not proceed further "due to various market considerations."<p>Starwood shares were down more than 4% following the news.<p>The company, which owns …

How Translation Technology is Shaping the Future of the Global Traveler Experience

With global travel continuing to rise, consumers are increasingly researching, planning, and booking travel on the Web and via mobile devices. Travel …

A European Hotel Brand Could Be a Consolation Prize for Loser in Starwood Deal

The intensifying bid battle for Starwood Hotels may raise the chances that a deal for a European hotelier will mark a new stage of consolidation in …

IBM Watson Is Changing Travel in Ways Nobody's Expecting

For the last five years, IBM has strived to reinvent itself as a cloud computing and cognitive platform company to support its large enterprise …

This Is What Marriott Has to Do to Keep Starwood From Anbang

If you’re Marriott International CEO Arne Sorenson, you have to imagine this is going to be a busy week filled with a lot of closed-door meetings. At …

A Priceline Acquisition of TripAdvisor Makes Sense in a Year of Transition

The Priceline Group, locked in its global battle with Expedia and others, is known to have been interested in acquiring TripAdvisor for some time.<p>But …

China's Anbang raises offer for Starwood to $14 billion

(Adds Breakingviews link)<p>By Greg Roumeliotis and Mike Stone<p>March 28 (Reuters) - China's Anbang Insurance Group Co raised its offer for Starwood …

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This Is How Marriott Could Lose Starwood to Anbang’s Investor Group

Although Marriott International successfully wooed Starwood Hotels & Resorts back with its newly revised merger agreement worth $13.6 billion on …

Starwood Accepts Marriott's Counter-Offer Worth $13.6 Billion

After many pundits seemed to point to Anbang Insurance Group’s proposed acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide leading to a closed deal, …

DMV Competes to be Home of Hotel Corporation Marriott MAR HQ

Marriott will be moving on from its current 900,000-square-foot headquarters, which houses roughly 1,100 employees, within the next six years. Now, …

Will Marriott increase its Starwood offer?

Anbang Insurance Group’s unsolicited $12.8 billion bid for Starwood Hotels & Resorts reflects the perception that luxury lodging demand will remain …

Expedia CEO: Marriott and Hilton's Direct Booking Moves Will Hurt Them

Priceline Group CEO Darren Huston apparently isn’t the only travel industry bigwig unenthusiastic about big moves by Marriott and Hilton to push …

Dealpolitik: Don’t Count on a Quick Resolution of Starwood Takeover Battle

Anbang may be able to get past looming deadlines in Starwood, Marriott agreement<p>Anbang Insurance Group Co.’s last-minute takeover bid for is bumping up against deadlines resulting from its pending merger deal with One is on March 17, the expiration of Marriott’s waiver of a “no-shop” clause that …

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Starwood Investors Are Waiting for a Better Deal From Marriott

A Chinese buyer just made two more bold moves for hotel properties, and one of them is spurring a last minute face-off against Bethesda, …

Marriott's CEO Must Confront One of the Biggest Tests of His Career

It’s crunch time for Marriott CEO Arne Sorenson, and we’ll get a close-up view of high-stakes leadership over the coming weeks. In general terms his …

AT&T, Starwood, Marriott Poised to Complete Cuba Deals

White House officials express hopes business deals can be set before Obama visits Havana on March 20<p>WASHINGTON—At least three major U.S. corporations are pushing to complete deals to do business in Cuba as President Barack Obama gets ready for a historic presidential trip to the island this …

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Hilton Worldwide to spin off two businesses

In a move that it says will significantly benefit its shareholders, Hilton Worldwide (HLT) announced Friday that it would spin off chunks of its business to create two new companies.<p>The hotel company will spin off roughly 70 properties to form a real estate investment trust. It will also unspool …