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Study: GDS Share Of Hotel Bookings On The Rise, For Now

Global distribution system firms in the coming years will remain part of hoteliers' distribution strategies, and the most recent data shows they accounted for a growing share of all U.S. hotel bookings last year, according to a distribution channel study by the American Hotel & Lodging Association and STR.

Hotel Execs: Industry Must Better Manage OTAs' Role

Although hoteliers acknowledge they never will be able to follow American Airlines' example in battling global distribution systems to control their product distribution, many are pursuing strategies to reduce the booking share of online travel agenc

Study: Shift To Electronic Hotel Distribution Will Be Massive, Swift

Hotel distribution costs will increase significantly during the next few years, with several players now barely a blip on the hotel distribution radar poised to dominate quickly, according to a massive study of distribution channels released last month by the American Hotel & Lodging Association and STR.

Holiday Inn Overhauls Food Service Approach

The prototype for Holiday Inn's new "social hub" concept is the latest entry to the obituary page for the midprice hotel's full-service restaurant.The concept, which Holiday Inn is testing this quarter at its Gwinnett Center property in Atlanta, merges the lobby, bar and restaurant into a single space. The space will still have an on-site chef to prepare fresh food, but the dining choices center more around such grab-and-go breakfast options as sandwiches and specialty coffees and finger-food-s

Swiss Startup Offers Commission-Free Hotel Booking

A new Geneva-based hotel booking engine, which began taking reservations this month, aims to disrupt the online travel agency model by offering hotels commission-free bookings.

IHG Moves The Needle On Internet Fees

Some hotel analysts long have speculated that the clock is ticking on in-room Internet charges. InterContinental Hotels Group's announcement yesterday that it soon will eliminate those charges for loyalty club members is another sign that their end might be with a whimper, not a bang.

'Schizophrenic' Economy, Distribution Mix Skews Hotel Rate Growth Potential

Las Vegas - Analysts and consultants urged InterContinental Hotels Group owners attending the company's Americas Investors and Leadership Conference here to "trust the data" in pushing up hotel rates and to question conventional wisdom as to the value to the bottom line of online travel agencies.
INTERVIEW: Duetto Research CEO Patrick Bosworth

INTERVIEW: Duetto Research CEO Patrick Bosworth

Patrick Bosworth, CEO of technology firm Duetto Research, last month spoke with The Beat's Michael B. Baker about what a big data approach means for hotel revenue management and how it ultimately could affect corporate rate negotiations and auditing.