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The new CEO of Trivago says travelers want the coziness of an Airbnb but the predictability of a hotel, and it’s creating a new type of company

“Even while companies like Sonder emerge with the aim of making apartment rentals more like a hotel, Airbnb itself is moving toward hotels” writes Katie Warren for businessinsider.com. In contrast to Airbnb, which is mainly made up of individual owners listing their own homes and apartments, Sonder leases, designs, furnishes, and maintains its apartments.Travelers today don’t want to stay in hotels that look the same in every city and have no personality.But according to Hefer, a new type of hybrid company is emerging to fill this hole in the market.According…

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One company is tackling hotel waste by collecting and cleaning half-used soaps

“Half-used toiletries from hotel chains generate millions of pounds of waste every year, so massive hotel chains have been slowly getting rid of them” writes Samara Abramson for businessinsider.com. It’s how nonprofit Clean the World started its work, collecting used soaps from hotels, and cleaning them one by one using potato peelers to scrape off the used parts.Narrator: The nonprofit will still recycle bar soaps from IHG, since the hotels will continue to offer them.Instead, you’ll find these large containers in your hotel shower. 30% of IHG’s hotels already have…

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Hyatt is the latest hotel chain vowing to cut mini shampoo bottles from its rooms, and it’s as good for the environment as it is for business

“Hyatt Hotels Corporation is the latest hotel chain to do away with mini shampoo bottles in the name of sustainability” writes Taylor Borden for businessinsider.com. In August, it vowed to completely eliminate plastic bottles of shampoo, conditioner, and bath gel from its hotel rooms by December 2020 – an expedited timeline.Tiny toiletries are being squeezed out of hotel rooms.Marriott is the largest hotel chain with 7,000 hotels and 30 brands ranging from SpringHill Suites to Ritz-Carlton.In a November 12 statement, the chain announced it would transition to larger, more eco-friendly…

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Hyatt Launches 3 Global Initiatives to Significantly Reduce Single-Use Plastics

“Hyatt Hotels Corporation is announcing a series of initiatives to reduce waste at Hyatt hotels globally, including introducing large-format bathroom amenities and reducing single-use water bottles by June 2021” writes Emily Holbrook for environmentalleader.com. Other recent global initiatives have included removing plastic straws and drink picks and making alternative options available only by request at Hyatt hotels, and increasing the use of compostable, recyclable, or recycled content packaging for to-go food containers. Source: environmentalleader.com

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Red Lion Hotels stock sheds half its value, making search for new CEO ‘necessary’

“The company reported a net loss of $3.5 million, or 14 cents a share, after a profit of $8.9 million, or 35 cents a share, in the year-ago period” writes Reporter Editor for marketwatch.com. The one analyst surveyed by FactSet that provided an earnings estimate was expecting a profit of 7 cents a share.The company attributed the year-over-year change in results to the loss of revenue from the sale of company-operated hotels, and the gain of $26 million in the year ago period from the sale. Source: marketwatch.com

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Hotels to offer free stays to guests in exchange for their skills

“The initiative runs for a week in November (18-24) and invites accommodation owners to offer free stays to guests in exchange for sharing skills or goods” writes Isabel Choat for theguardian.com. Barter Week is not the only initiative offering free stays in exchange for skills.More than 600 B&Bs, hotels and self-catering businesses across the world have signed up to take part in the second international Barter Week. Source: theguardian.com

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Santa Barbara hotels offer three nights for the price of two

“The deal: Start by going online to the Visit Santa Barbara landing page for the Santa Barbara Savvy deal” writes Assistant Travel Editor for latimes.com. Eight Santa Barbara hotels have banded together to offer a third night free, whether you’re staying at the Four Seasons Biltmore or Hampton Inn.You’ll see participating hotels, which include Ramada by Wyndham, Hotel Californian, Belmond El Encanto, Hotel Santa Barbara, the Kimpton Goodland and Eagle Inn, and the rules/blackout dates for their respective deals. Bargain hunters will love prices at Ramada by Wyndham prices: $99…

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Century City’s revamped Century Plaza moves ahead

“Now, Woodridge Capital Partners says that the hotel, the hotel residences and a portion of the planned retail space will open next spring” writes Jack Flemming Covers for latimes.com. The ambitious $2.5-billion Century Plaza project, centered on the landmark crescent-shaped hotel that has hosted presidents and rock stars over more than five decades, has taken a major step forward.At one point, he wanted to erect a pair of 50-story condo towers in place of the hotel, sparking a backlash.Including both condo tower and hotel residences, the developer has closed more…

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Loyalty, Love & Mariott Bonvoy’s New Hotel Scheme

“Pancras Renaissance Hotel to celebrate the launch of a new hotel loyalty scheme” writes Susan Ward Davies for elle.com. This is one loyalty programme you really do want to join, as hotels that fall into the group’s remit include the likes of W, Design Hotels, St Regis, Ritz Carlton and Edition. And in the spirit of Love & Loyalty, here are five of the best hotels from among their 7,000 strong list that we would 100% recommend you check into with a significant other. Source: elle.com

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OYO Looks To Raise $1.5 Bn Funding: Will It Help Make Hotel Partners Happy?

“Many of these charges are not specified in the contract between the owner and OYO, hotel owners that Inc42 spoke to, alleged” writes Bhumika Khatri for inc42.com. OYO says once a hotel has served a 30-day notice period and accounts are settled, the property is typically delisted within 72 hours.At the time, independent protests by small hotel owners were being carried out in multiple Indian cities including Nashik, Pune, Kota, Manali, Jaipur, Ahmedabad and Delhi.In August, Inc42 had extensively reported about the concerns of hotel owners and the continuous protests.Its…

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