Accor to Acquire Mövenpick for $567 Million, Exploring Niche Markets in Hospitality, and 5 Signs It's Time to Change Your Hotel PMS

May 4, 2018 Kristina S. Park

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There's excitement in the air for the hospitality industry this week! AccorHotels has had a busy few years in terms of acquisitions (remember when they purchased Fairmont Raffles Hotels International in 2016 for $2.7 billion USD?). Most recently, the company has announced that they are purchasing the Swiss-based Mövenpick Group for $567 million USD. Not only does this acquisition allow Accor to add 84 hotels with a strong presence in Europe and the Middle East to its portfolio, but it also solidifies the company's move into the luxury sphere of hotels. AccorHotels clearly means business as they pursue a leading role in the luxury hospitality, which you can read about in our first read. In this world of big hospitality players and online travel platforms, you would think it's nearly impossible for smaller players to have a chance. In our second read, see how hotels, big or small, can go after opportunities in the niche markets in hospitality. There's something out there for everyone - think wizard-themed hotels and guitar room service. Last but not least, hotel technology continues to play a major role in the industry, particularly when it comes to property management systems. Without an up-to-date PMS, it's difficult for a hotel to compete with continuously changing technology and an evolving industry. The third article highlights five signs that it may be time for your hotel to switch its PMS option. Plus, then you can access amazing industry-leading applications like the ones listed on the SnapShot Marketplace if you're using one of the many integrated PMS versions! (hint, hint) 

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Culture Trip Platform Raises $80 Million to Build OTA, Hotel Technology Success Means Connecting Solutions and Integrating Data, and Strong Outbound Tourism Demand from Traditional & Emerging Markets

April 27, 2018 Kristina S. Park

We've put together another list of interesting reads for you this week!

We've all heard of the major Online Travel Agencies (OTAs) like Expedia and Booking.com, and we all know Airbnb, but don't you love it when another player steps up to the plate and takes the industry by surprise? That is exactly what Culture Trip, an online magazine for travel content, just did. Raising $80 million in Series B funding, the travel media startup plans to get in the OTA game by launching an online travel booking function and introducing tours and activities to the mix, similar to Airbnb's Experiences offering. Read the first read to find out more about how Culture Trip is going to bring change to the industry. We know we talk about data a lot, but we're not the only ones! The second read we have for you this week highlights the importance of data to be successful in the hotel industry. Managing your data isn't as daunting as it appears if you effectively use hotel technology to connect your data with solutions. Read the second read to see how hotels can leverage data to their advantage. According to the UNWTO, the demand for international tourism proved to be strong in 2017, from both traditional and emerging markets. With China in the lead as the top tourism spender of 2017, many other emerging and advanced economies also fulled growth of spending on international tourism, which you can read more about in our third read.

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Data Shows Global Demand Growth for Airbnb, TripAdvisor, and Agoda, Marriott Wants to Sell You Everything, But the Plane Ticket, and The True Essence of Hotel Revenue Management

April 20, 2018 Kristina S. Park

Check out the industry reads we have for you this week!

Here at SnapShot we can't stress enough the importance of data. Data really says it all. According to the data in the first article, TripAdvisor, Airbnb, and Agoda are leading the way in the online travel sector through various strategies. TripAdvisor has adapted to new markets by analyzing traffic patterns and identifying areas of strength, Airbnb depends on brand awareness to drive growth, and Agoda has been focusing on entering new markets while holding onto their base. On top of announcing the revamped loyalty program for Marriott, the company has also relaunched their Moments marketplace. Not only is Marriott selling hotel rooms, but they're also offering car rentals, cruises, classes, shows, and local experiences to their guests. Read more about how they're expanding their scope in the travel market in our second read. Since hotel revenue management was introduced to the industry, hoteliers have integrated revenue management strategies into the core of their businesses. With more and more systems and technologies being developed specifically for revenue management, read number three highlights the exciting changes to come for the industry in the future of hotel revenue management.

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