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Airbnb Faces New Scrutiny Over Taxes

American Family Voices, a D.C.–based nonprofit, is filing freedom of information requests with 11 cities, states, and counties to learn in greater detail the tax deals they are making with Airbnb. The organization says Airbnb’s tax agreements make it more ...

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Anbang Closes on Strategic Hotels Properties

Anbang Insurance Group has closed on its acquisition of Strategic Hotels & Resorts’ portfolio from the Blackstone Group, with just one more property out of 16 left to review. The acquisition includes Essex House in New York. To read more, click ...

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What’s in Store for West Elm’s Boutique Brand?

On Monday, the Wall Street Journal reported that West Elm plans to open (obviously) stylish boutique hotels in the United States. Now that the hotel industry has had time to digest the news, Bloomberg wonders what place this new brand will have in hospitality ...

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Trump Chain to Pay Data Breach Penalty

With data breaches regularly plaguing many hotel chains, the latest bit of related news should serve as a lesson for hoteliers: Donald Trump’s hotel chain will pay a $50,000 penalty for not alerting customers quickly about a breach that exposed 70,000 ...

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Google Trips Threatens OTAs

Google Trips, the new travel app that allows travelers to organize and plan their trips, could threaten the continued success of TripAdvisor, Priceline, and Expedia. The “personalized tour guide in your pocket” is available without Wi-Fi and gathers information from ...

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Latin American Pipeline Slightly Declines

According to Latin America’s Hotel Construction Pipeline from Lodging Econometrics (LE), the region has 878 projects/150,485 rooms, down 1 percent by projects and rooms year-over-year (YOY). The three cities with the largest pipelines are: Sao Paulo with 38 projects/7,191 rooms, ...

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