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Benchmark’s Former COO James Simkins Dies

Benchmark’s Former COO James Simkins Dies

James Simkins, who was until recently Benchmark’s chief operating officer for Personal Luxury Resorts & Hotels and instrumental in the successful launch of the Personal Luxury brand, died Jan. 16 following a struggle with cancer. A native of Johannesburg, South ...

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Marriott Set to Buy Delta Hotels and Resorts

Marriott Set to Buy Delta Hotels and Resorts

Marriott International Inc. has reached an agreement to purchase Canada’s Delta Hotels and Resorts, which has 38 properties in 30 Canadian cities, for approximately $135 million, the Wall Street Journal has reported. With this deal, Marriott will acquire the brand, ...

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Expedia Acquires Travelocity for $280 Million

Expedia Acquires Travelocity for $280 Million

Expedia Inc. has acquired Travelocity from Sabre Corporation for $280 million in cash. The acquisition follows the 2013 strategic marketing agreement between Expedia and Travelocity under which Expedia has powered the technology platforms for Travelocity’s U.S. and Canadian websites along ...

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Orbitz Looking for Buyers

Orbitz Looking for Buyers

Ortbitz Worldwide Inc., an online travel agent, is being put up for sale, according to a new report. On Jan. 20, Bloomberg released information that the company, which also runs Cheaptickets.com, is working with a financial adviser to find potential ...

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Battle Begins Over Control of Ace Hotel Chain

Battle Begins Over Control of Ace Hotel Chain

The estate of Alex Calderwood, the late founder of Ace Hotel, has filed suit against Ace Group International (AGI) and Calderwood’s former partner, Stefanos Economou, to gain control of the hotel chain. Acting as representative of the estate, Calderwood’s father, ...

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