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Retailers Want You to Stay With Them, Too

The hotel business is diversifying. More travelers are seeking homey surroundings at Airbnb and HomeAway and turning to boutique hotels for their non-cookie-cutter designs. (According to STR, a hotel research firm, domestic occupancy rates in boutique hotels rose to 75 percent in 2015 from 67 percent in 2010.) That is one reason some retailers and designers see an opening for their hotel concepts.

The Hollywood Roosevelt: The Original Oscars Hotel

Forget the Dolby Theatre; back in Hollywood’s Golden Age, the Academy Awards were held half a block away at the Hollywood Roosevelt hotel. Today, this city landmark, crowned with its gigantic neon red sign and framed by towering palm trees, still attracts legions of celebrities, many of whom checked in for this year’s awards, accounting for the extra 600 bottles of Piper Champagne ordered by the hotel in advance of the ceremony. While this year's event, hosted by Jimmy Kimmel, will see up to 100 million people tuning in worldwide, the first edition in 1929 wasn't even broadcast and the ceremony itself lasted just 15 minutes.

How to profit from data – five steps to increase revenue by personalizing travel

In travel, marketing and revenue management teams are under tremendous pressure to grow revenues while maintaining low costs. In order to leapfrog the learning curve of the online retail space, many travel operators are adopting digital consumer marketing best practices from companies such as Amazon that engage each customer more personally for higher conversion.

Intercontinental Hotels to pay first special dividend unaided by major disposal

InterContinental Hotels Group is to pay its first special dividend unaided by a major disposal as the company continues to prove to investors just how cash generative it can be.

The global hotelier, announcing full year results for the 12 months to December showing a 9.5pc increase in underlying profit, is to make a special payout of $400m (£322m) for 2016.

Delta Air Lines Has Ways of Making Passengers Pay for Their Free Meals

Back in 2010, Continental Airlines was the last carrier standing, offering passengers in cattle class a free snack while rivals, desperate to cut costs, had begun to charge for that cheeseburger. Then it too succumbed, and travelers began to incorporate the pre-gate sandwich purchase into their itinerary.