Hotel industry details plans to fight Airbnb

The hotel industry is ramping up its Washington profile as it looks to counter the online home-sharing service, Airbnb. The industry's political action committee, HotelPAC, spent money in 225 congressional races during the 2016 election, a record for the group. During the election cycle, they raised $1.5 million and gave out $1.3 million to congressional candidates, breaking their own fundraising and spending records.

Brexit: Hospitality industry warns of worker shortages

The Home Office is looking at plans for “Barista Visas” and new rules for migrants, after hospitality industry experts warned many business will close. The British Hospitality Industry has warned that hotels, restaurants and bars will be forced to shut as there is a severe shortage of British workers and a steady stream of migrants is needed.

Google package move ‘will boost innovation’

Trade experts do not see Google’s impending entry into the package holiday market as a threat and say it will boost innovation. Google’s package product will search for combined flight and hotel deals and has been available to a proportion of users since the beginning of the year.

Blueground enters Dubai’s hospitality market

Blueground, a hospitality company offering high quality accommodation to business executives and expats, has made its entry into Dubai's hospitality industry. Based in Greece, Blueground's business model operates by leasing existing high-end residential properties in the most sought after areas, upgrading and converting them into best-in-class rentals, thus avoiding the lengthy and capital intensive construction process of traditional hotel operators.

New hotel brand Journal Hotels wrangles six historic properties

A chic new hotel brand is getting launched, and it’s set to attach itself to a half-dozen historic properties right off the bat. Journal Hotels — a new label created by veteran hotelier Stephen Brandman along with the owners of the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel — will soon begin managing six venues in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Palm Springs, California and Chicago.

Hyatt to offer in-room streaming entertainment worldwide

Soon enough, you can start streaming Netflix, Hulu, YouTube, and more when you check into a Hyatt property around the world. The hospitality company is the latest to offer personalized in-room streaming entertainment, following in the footsteps of Marriott International.

Hospitality industry to lose millions if Irish Good Friday alcohol ban is lifted

It has been reported that a new bill was being presented to the Irish Upper House that would change a 90-year-old law in Ireland. The Good Friday alcohol sales ban would be lifted if the bill were to be passed, which many people took to Facebook and Twitter to celebrate. However, not everyone has found it to be such great news.

First ‘Expedia Innovation Lab’ is launched in Asia Pacific

The Expedia group has unveiled its first ‘Expedia Innovation Lab’ in Asia, with a view to using its proprietary scientific methods to capture consumer online and app travel search and booking behaviour, and to inform future innovation and technology development globally.

Starwood Capital strikes joint venture with China’s Shimao Property Holdings

Shimao Property Holdings, a Shanghai-based property developer, is establishing a new hotel joint venture in China with Starwood Capital. Under the terms of the agreement, Shimao will hold a 51-percent stake in the joint venture, while Starwood will own the remaining 49 per cent. 

Marriott to open seven new hotels in Scotland by 2021

Marriott International has announced plans to open seven new hotels in Scotland. The US firm intends to expand its footprint north of the border by almost 75 per cent over the next four years.

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