Hotel Spinoff Brands Can't Just Be 'Cheap' or 'Chic.' They Also Have to Be Well-Planned

Posted by Andrea Mazzu on 29/00/2019

In a bid to compete with Airbnb and appeal to travelers’ increased desire for unique experiences, hotel companies have rolled out what The New York Times calls “cheap chic” spinoff brands: well-designed properties at budget-friendly prices. These new brands, like Intercontinental Hotel Group’s Avid or Marriott’s Moxy, feature hotels where unique themes or hip designs are the focus. Avid is geared toward young professionals, and promises “basic done exceptionally well.” Avid’s guest rooms have a smaller footprint but are designed to provide a great night’s sleep, and before guests head out for the day, they have access to health-minded breakfast options in the lobby. At Moxy hotels, the front desk has been replaced by a bar, and lobby screens display guests’ Instagram posts from Moxy hotels around the world.


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Why National Airlines Aren't Economically Justifiable

Posted by Glenn Hollister on 18/00/2018

Last year, Qatar Airways, part of the Middle East 3 (ME3) airlines with Etihad Airways and Emirates Airlines and backed by the Qatari government, bought a 49% stake in Meridiana, Italy’s second-largest airline, and renamed it Air Italy. The purchase was a way to expand the airline’s footprint as Qatari planes now fly routes from Italy to the U.S. But when Air Italy announced that it was adding even more flights to the U.S. earlier this month, U.S. airlines and lawmakers cried foul, saying that Air Italy would not be able to add these routes without Qatar Airways’ financial backing, thus violating (if not technically then at least in spirit) an agreement signed by the ME3 last year vowing that the Gulf carriers would not add such routes.


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Sabre's Surprising Acquisition of Farelogix Puts It on Cutting Edge of Air Travel Sales

Posted by Glenn Hollister on 28/17/2018

This article originally was published on Nov. 20, 2018, on Forbes.com.

Given the history of animosity between the two companies, it was a surprise to many in the industry when news broke this month that travel technology company Sabre Corporation is acquiring software company Farelogix, a specialist in airline fares and pricing. One executive stated that, “You-know-what just froze over.” Indeed, Farelogix’s blog still contains posts, like this one, penned by Jim Davidson, the CEO of Farelogix, about his legal interactions with Sabre.


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What Will the Future Hotel Exec Need to Succeed?

Posted by Marios Prokopiou on 26/30/2018

Earlier this year, I made the case that hotels should add firepower to their revenue management staffs by hiring more analytics geeks. While revenue management teams have hotel industry experience, many lack the data skills necessary to make more scientific decisions, thereby potentially missing revenue opportunities. In a recent Skift article, the author has a similar line of thinking: He writes that the hospitality industry should hire employees with no previous industry experience—people with finance, business or communications agency backgrounds who can use those skills to improve hotels’ overall customer service strategies.


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Airplane Bathrooms Are Getting Even Smaller. Where Does the Squeeze End?

Posted by Marios Prokopiou on 18/33/2018

Frequent air travelers are used to dealing with headaches, from delays to crowded airports to feeling like sardines squeezed onto planes. That squeeze continues to tighten: A recent Wall Street Journal investigation proved that airplane bathrooms are getting even smaller.


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