Expedia makes short-term rental move

    Expedia Group has acquired two software solutions which will “embolden” its short-term rental offering. The comments came as the group released its third-quarter earnings, which saw room night growth narrow and Ebitda increase as the CEO described being in “the early days” of the company’s journey. Expedia Group has bought Pillow, a software solution that [...]

    Hyatt looks to guest engagement 

    Hyatt Hotels Corporation said that it was looking at multiple ways to drive guest engagement as it pushed direct bookings and sought to distinguish its brands from its competitors. The company, which recently acquired Two Roads Hospitality, said that it was also investing in its digital capabilities, as well as expanding into wellness. The company [...]

    Nordic operators report growth

    Radisson Hotel Group used its third-quarter results to hail the success of its five-year plan, reporting “all-time-high Ebitda”. Elsewhere in the Scandinavian region, Pandox said that it had seen a “stable” quarter, and it would focus on extensions and renovations in its estate as some markets started to look “a little slower”. Federico J. González, [...]

    Hilton’s new Motto 

    Hilton Worldwide has launched Motto by Hilton, which it described as an affordable lifestyle brand, with flexible rooms. The group has six deals signed so far, with CEO & president Chris Nassetta forecasting that the brand would reach “hundreds of hotels”. Tripp McLaughlin, global head, Motto by Hilton, told Hotel Analyst that the brand would [...]

    Hotels weigh cost burden 

    Staffing, distribution and energy costs were just a few of the issues taxing hotels at this year’s Hospace event, held in London. With Brexit overshadowing the next six months, the role of the brands was raised as the OTAs continued their perceived rise. Hotels continued to rely on rely heavily on EU employees, was the [...]

    Trivago buoyed by ‘strong signals’

    Trivago increased its guidance for the full year after “positive signs turned into strong signals” as the group looked to quality over quantity. The company said that it was continuing to invest “significantly” in direct business with hotel companies, but that it was a “long term effort”. Rolf Schrömgens, Trivago’s CEO & managing director, said: [...]