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Hilton Targeting Young, Budget-Conscious Travelers With New “Tru” Hotel Brand

The long list of hotels operating under the Hilton brand will be growing by one this year: joining the likes of Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn, Homewood Suites, and Home2 Suites is new, budget- and millennial-focused Tru.  [More]

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Hyatt Confirms 250 Hotels Were Infected With Malware Last Year, Possibly Exposing Customer Payment Data

After announcing late last year that a slew of its hotels had been infected by malware, Hyatt has now identified the 250 properties that were affected — roughly 40% of its businesses in operation. Customers staying at those hotels who paid with a debit or credit card may have had their payment data and other information exposed to hackers, the chain said. [More]

Hotel That Inspired “Fawlty Towers” To Be Torn Down

Hotel That Inspired “Fawlty Towers” To Be Torn Down

More than 45 years ago, the uptight manager of an English hotel inadvertently inspired Monty Python’s John Cleese to create a comedy legend. Now comes news that this landmark of sitcom history will soon be demolished. [More]

Would You Share A Hotel Room With A Stranger For Half Off Your Bill?

Would You Share A Hotel Room With A Stranger For Half Off Your Bill?

What would you be willing to do in order to cut your next hotel bill in half? How about sharing the space with a stranger? That’s the idea behind a new startup that aims to bring people together and lighten the strain on their wallets.  [More]

Actual Hotels Are Also Listing Rooms For Rent On AirBNB

Actual Hotels Are Also Listing Rooms For Rent On AirBNB

Most people think of AirBNB as a listing service for individuals who want to rent out a space, ranging from a spare room to an entire vacation homes. It’s an important “sharing economy” site, but people searching the site might notice some alternative offerings from… hotels. [More]

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Starwood Hotels Reports Payment Systems At 54 Locations Infected With Malware

Just days after Starwood Hotels and Resorts made headlines for combining with Marriott to make the world’s largest hotelier, the company is back in the news for a decidedly less exciting issue: it’s the latest victim of a hack attack.  [More]

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Marriott To Buy Starwood Hotels For $12.2B

Less than a month after Hyatt Hotels was reported to be in talks to buy rival Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide, it was a different lodging industry giant that popped the $12.2 billion question.  [More]

Operators of the WiFi network at the Baltimore Convention Center face a $718,000 fine for automatically blocking third-party WiFi hotspots while charging upwards of $1,095 for Internet access.

Company Faces $718K Fine For Blocking WiFi Hotspots At Baltimore Convention Center

Another company is learning about the fine points of Section 333 of the Communications Act, which prohibits willful interference with any licensed or authorized radio communications. This time, it’s the folks who provided the Baltimore Convention Center’s in-house WiFi service who were caught by the FCC trying to block individual WiFi hotspot users from going online. Meanwhile, Hilton is also being slapped with a proposed fine for its failure to comply with an investigation into its alleged hotspot blocking. [More]

Hyatt In Talks To Buy Rival Starwood Hotels Brand

Hyatt In Talks To Buy Rival Starwood Hotels Brand

A merger craze seems to be taking hold this month: first there was the mega beer merger between Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller, then news this morning that pharmacy giants Walgreens Boots Alliance and Rite Aid were headed down the aisle. Now, it looks as if the need to grow by expanding one’s portfolio has trickled into the lodging industry.  [More]

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Hyatt Ditching On-Demand Porn In Hotel Rooms

Consumers looking to sneak in an adult film or two while on their next business trip might want to make sure their room isn’t reserved at a Hyatt property: the hotel company says it will no longer offer on-demand adult entrainment in its rooms.  [More]

Amazon Destinations stopped taking reservations on Tuesday, marking the end to the e-commerce giant's hotel booking venture.

Amazon Gets Out Of The Hotel Booking Business After Only 6 Months

Amazon Destinations, we barely knew you. The dedicated hotel booking site from the e-commerce giant closed its doors this week, just six months after opening them[More]

Hilton Looking Into Possible Hack Attack Affecting Guests Using Credit Cards At Its Restaurants, Gift Shops

Hilton Looking Into Possible Hack Attack Affecting Guests Using Credit Cards At Its Restaurants, Gift Shops

Hilton Hotels says it’s looking into a possible hack attack connected to point-of-sale registers and a variety of Hilton properties. If you bought something at a restaurant, gift shop or other store at a Hilton property recently, you should take a closer look at your credit card statements for any fraudulent activity. [More]

Completion Of $1.6B Orbitz, Expedia Merger Further Whittles Down Online Travel Agency Options

Completion Of $1.6B Orbitz, Expedia Merger Further Whittles Down Online Travel Agency Options

Despite the protests from the leading hotel industry group that a merger between Expedia and Orbitz would concentrate too much of the travel-booking market in one company’s hands – leading to fewer choices for consumers – the two companies have received regulatory approval and completed their $1.6 billion marriage today. [More]

Marriott, Samsung Partner To Offer Hotel Guests Virtual Reality Headsets, Because Why Not?

Marriott, Samsung Partner To Offer Hotel Guests Virtual Reality Headsets, Because Why Not?

Have you ever walked into a hotel and thought, ‘Man, this isn’t how I pictured things when I booked the room.’ While you can’t exactly change the layout or furnishings of the room – unless you switch hotels – a new partnership between Marriott and Samsung could let you escape the reality of your humdrum lodgings for a bit. [More]

N.Y. Bill Seeks To Outlaw Smoking In Hotel Rooms

N.Y. Bill Seeks To Outlaw Smoking In Hotel Rooms

Although it’s illegal to smoke in most indoor spaces in New York — office buildings, bars, restaurants, retail establishments, etc. — those looking to light up a cigarette can still do so in hotel and motel rooms that are specified as smoking rooms. That could change soon, if a new bill in the state legislature succeeds. [More]

Federal Advisory Panel Recommends Clearer Disclosure Of Airline, Hotel Resort Fees

Federal Advisory Panel Recommends Clearer Disclosure Of Airline, Hotel Resort Fees

It’s no secret that airlines have increased their fees and shrunk the size of their seats over the years in an attempt to maximize revenue. While those extra costs and seat sizes are generally available through the carrier’s website, a federal panel thinks that information would better serve passengers if it were readily available during the ticket purchasing process. [More]

Hilton’s Partnership With Uber Allows Guests To Grab A Ride Through Hotel’s App

Hilton’s Partnership With Uber Allows Guests To Grab A Ride Through Hotel’s App

Once upon a time, the hotel front desk was the go-to spot for guests who wanted something, whether it’s more towels or advice on the best spots in town to visit (and a cab to get there). You’ll still have to call for more towels at Hilton Hotels, but in a new partnership with Uber, hotel guests will now be able to schedule alerts through the HHonors app to remind them when they need to arrange a ride to check out the sights they’ve planned to see during their stay. [More]

Wyndham Hotels Loses Legal Battle With Feds Over Lax Security Practices

Wyndham Hotels Loses Legal Battle With Feds Over Lax Security Practices

If a consumer-facing company, like say a massive hotel chain, touts its dedication to the security of customer information and then does something to repeatedly put that information at risk — like storing unencrypted credit card data on barely secure networks — can they be forced to share some of the blame when hundreds of thousands of credit card numbers are stolen? The hotel chain says that would be blaming the victim, but a federal appeals court has affirmed the Federal Trade Commission’s authority to go after businesses that fail to live up to their security promises. [More]