Hilton Worldwide

New Hilton SME Program Highlights Supplier-Intermediary Clash

Corporate travel agencies and tech firms concerned about competition from suppliers won’t find comfort in the latest business travel moves from Hilton Worldwide.  Last month, the company announced it would launch by early next year a program offering discounted rates, company loyalty points and program management tools to small and medium-sized enterprises booking on its…

Big Hotel Firms Fight For Midscale Extended-Stay Guests As Use Cases Proliferate

Hoping to capitalize on the work-from-anywhere phenomenon that led to more flexibility for workers, more relocations and longer lengths of stay, big hotel companies are adding new brands in the midscale extended-stay segment. Since last fall, Best Western, Hilton, Hyatt, Marriott and Wyndham each announced new products in the space. They augment these companies’ pre-existing…

Why Corporate Hotel Rates Will Keep Rising

Though some forecasters expect moderation next year, corporate hotel rates continue to rise. There are several reasons, notably inflation, cost pressures and lagging corporate recovery relative to other segments. While several hotel executives in recent weeks said all three challenges were easing, they also described a “normalized” environment featuring elevated pricing levels. Buyers should expect…

Grasp’s Virtual Payment Solution Strives For Standard Status

More hotel chains are adopting a solution developed by Grasp Technologies and Marriott International for the vexing problem of communicating virtual payment instructions to properties. “Right now, we’ve launched with Marriott, Hilton, IHG and Hyatt,” said Grasp senior sales director for virtual payments Stacey Mack during a webinar last week. “We will bring on more…

It’s Settled: Pandemic Erased Roughly One-Fourth Of Business Travel

Three-quarters of a huge industry is a huge industry. With messy year-over-omicron first-quarter comparisons behind it, corporate travel has settled in to its traditional single-digit percentage growth pattern and is now at about 75 percent of its pre-pandemic self. It’s been there for most of 2023. American Express Global Business Travel on Tuesday said transactions…

For Some Hilton Properties, It’s Dynamic Discounts Or Nothing In 2023

Pricing power for lodging suppliers, an altered traveler profile and uncertainty on the buyer side created unusual outcomes for 2023 rate negotiations. At some Hilton properties, this meant refusing to offer static negotiated rates and walking away from business. As customers sought to move rate programs back to the traditional static structure from a dynamic…

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