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Airbnb And The Future Of The Online Travel And Hotel Industries

<i>This article originally appeared on the Motley Fool.</i><p>Airbnb, the lodging service that provides a platform for homeowners to offer their private …

Tourist scammed of nearly $1,200 by phony Airbnb listing in Amsterdam

A woman has spoken of her horror after she was scammed out of £915 ($1,180) for a holiday getaway through Airbnb.<p>Georgia Brown said she had never used the online rental marketplace before, but was delighted when she found the perfect spot to celebrate her boyfriend’s birthday in Amsterdam in …

The first Oculus developer from the Middle East is inviting people to visit Mecca in VR

Over a million Muslims are expected to head to Mecca during Ramadan, which starts May 27, to perform the Hajj pilgrimage. Non-Muslims—who are barred from the Holy City—can now get a view of the pilgrimage on a virtual-reality app developed by an Egyptian startup.<p>Experience Mecca was created by …

Virtual Reality

U.S. Travel Industry Jobs Show Healthy Growth During Trump's First 100 Days

U.S. leisure and hospitality job hiring has surged in recent months with 55,000 such jobs added in April.<p>U.S. leisure and hospitality jobs grew 155 …

Tourism

Hospitality trends in 2017

<b>As the new year of 2017 progresses, we know that it promises to be a year of great change. The hospitality industry also looks in earnest enthusiasm</b> …

Hospitality Schools Lack In Training Students In Live Skills

BW Hotelier Indian Hospitality Awards and Summit 2017 was held in The Leela Ambience Gurugram on 23rd and 24th March 2017. The theme of the conclave …

Hospitality

Chivas Bangkok Pairing Raises Stakes In Luxury Industry Leadership

The pairing of nibbles and tipples, chardonnay with salmon, madeira with chevre and the like, so as to contrast and mirror different experiences into one heightened union, is a well-established trend in the luxury foods industry.<p>From here it’s a short but definite step to the studied pairing of …

Airbnb sued by major US apartment landlord

Here's a huge one for the ever-growing pile of lawsuits filed by and against Airbnb. Apartment Investment & Management Co. (AIMCO) has sued the rental service for "helping tenants breach their leases," according to <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>. Denver-based AIMCO, one of the biggest landlords in the US, …

Why Marriott Is One Of The Most Innovative Companies Of 2017

When Marriott completed its acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts in September, it became the world’s largest hospitality company, with more than 6,000 hotels across 120-plus countries. Just as important: It created the industry’s most formidable loyalty program. Overnight, Marriott began …

What Marriott Learned From Starwood's Loyalty and Digital Expertise

Marriott International, like every other hotel company on the planet, is taking a very intense look at loyalty these days, and asking themselves the …

How to grow with a delivery-only restaurant concept

For its next growth push, Altamarea Group is dumping the dining room in favor of Pasta On Demand, a delivery-only concept.<p>The award-winning, …

View From Sudan: Muslim Hospitality and Generosity on Display

<i>This article originally appeared on</i> The Conversation.<p>Many Americans have never visited a predominantly Muslim country and may know relatively little …

How Virtual Reality Will Revolutionize the Hospitality Industry

Virtual reality may be all about transporting users to alternative realities, but with analysts predicting that it will be a $150-billion industry by …

Ian Schrager: Hospitality Is a 'Me Too' Industry

Ian Schrager, the iconic hotelier best known for Studio 54 and pioneering the modern boutique hotel in the 1980s, has a warning or two for the hotel …

Marriott May Offer Communal Rooms With Shared Living, Kitchen Spaces

When you travel with a group, it can be a pain to book adjoining rooms, and even then you all have to cram into one person’s room or lay claim to the …

Hackers use ransomware to target hotel guests' door locks

A bunch of hackers spoiled several travelers’ trip to the Alps last week when the group used ransomware to attempt to lock guests of the Romantik Seehotel Jägerwir luxury hotel out of their rooms by hijacking the central key management system.<p>According to English-language European news outlet The …

AAA names its newest Five Diamond properties

Six hotels and one restaurant have made AAA’s list of Five Diamond establishments for the first time, earning the highest designation given by the travel authority.<p>AAA has named a total of 63 restaurants and 120 hotels as Five Diamond establishments in the past 12 months.<p>The group represents 0.3% …

Is This the Most Romantic Restaurant in the World?

<i>Originally published by Travel + Leisure</i><p>There are few experiences more memorable (or romantic) than eating a delicious meal while surrounded by a …

CEO of Dubai airport offers to help Trump, US improve hubs

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Dubai International Airport would welcome a call from the Trump administration on ways to improve American …

What happens when a price drops on, say, a hotel, an airfare or a rental car that you've already paid for? Here's how you might recoup some money

Nobody wants to overpay for flights, hotels or rental cars, because saving money usually means you'll have more avenues for enriching your travel experience.<p>Here are six sites that can help in your hunt for bargains. Knowing you're protected makes it easier to commit to a flight, a room or a car …

Watch: Shah Rukh Khan's latest video for Dubai Tourism is winning hearts and how!

Shah Rukh Khan recently shared the video that he shot for Dubai Tourism and left all his fans wanting to catch a glimpse of their favourite star at a …

Luxury hotels see rise in female guests in 20s, 30s

SEOUL, Dec. 5 (Yonhap) -- A growing number of younger women are booking hotels for entertainment purposes, prompting luxury hotels to release …

Marriott Begins to Implement Strategy for Making Sense of 30 Hotel Brands and My Head is Starting to Hurt

When Marriott acquired Starwood, plenty of commentators started to wonder about the future of several of Starwood’s brands. After all, many of them …

What to do when a hotel doesn't have your confirmed room?

What to do when a hotel doesn’t have your confirmed room?<p>Posted By Jon Nickel-D'Andrea on Nov 20, 2016 | 0 comments<p>If you’re like me, you spend a lot …

Here's Why American Travelers Can Expect Lower Airfares Next Year

U.S. airfares are expected to fall in 2017 amid overcapacity and stiff competition between budget carriers and legacy airlines, according to an …

Startup pitch: Beewake helps hotels sell out rooms in increments to business travelers

As of 2015, many properties started renting hotel rooms effectively by-the-hour, instead by the day. New startup Beewake believes it can leverage …

Hospitality

Hotels Should Be Wary of Airbnb's Next Moves

Having recently finished a big funding round, Airbnb could easily spend its cash on putting the hotel industry under its thumb.<p>There are roughly 17.5 million hotel rooms in the world. Airbnb has over 2 million additional rooms available from independent homeowners and renters. This disparity could …

Hospitality

Celebrity Chef Tom Colicchio: When Customer Service Recovery Means Life Or Death

In any entrepreneurial venture, in any industry, customer service mishaps can happen that can endanger your customers, or you, or even your ability to carry on in business. The hospitality industry is no exception; in fact it may have more than its share considering it is dealing with the public in …

Hospitality

More hotels are offering free Wi-Fi, parking and a hot breakfast

Good news for weary travelers: Hotels are plying guests with more freebies, including wireless Internet, parking and a hot breakfast.<p>But some extras that have long been a staple of the hotel industry are disappearing, including swimming pools, minibars and room service.<p>Among the findings of an …

A “hotel lab” is testing new products and tech amenities by installing real-life “like” buttons

The world’s largest hotel company is taking a cue from social media’s “like” buttons.<p>Marriott Hotels has turned its 446-room hotel in the city center of Charlotte, North Carolina, into a lodging laboratory where the company will test new amenities, designs and procedures out on guests.<p>Around the …

Hospitality