Category: School of Hospitality Administration

The Death of Priceline’s Name Your Own Price Is Likely Drawing Near

Skift Suzanne Markham-Bagnera ended its Name Your Own Price bidding service for car rentals Monday, as it did for flights in 2016… Expert quote: “Indeed this model has served well for a long time, but as frequently noted, the bidding process is time-consuming and guests are looking for speed in addition to the continued […]

Crave the quirky? Here are six unusual places to stay

Los Angeles Times quoting Makarand Mody, School of Hospitality Administration “Seeing the Grand Canyon might be on your bucket list, but sleeping in an underground cavern 200 feet below the Earth’s surface confers some major bragging rights…” Expert quote: “There are many people who are perfectly happy with tried and tested accommodation … and have […]

Red Lion Sues Hard Rock Hotels for Infringement in Race to Win Over Millennials

Skift quoting Makarand Mody, School of Hospitality Administration “When it comes to appealing to Millennials — of which there are now 75.4 million in the United States alone — hotel companies are doing all they can to launch wallet-friendly, yet still-stylish accommodations that emphasize such features as co-working spaces, communal stadium seating, artisanal goods, and […]

Low prices, young diners fuel Olive Garden comeback

Orlando Sentinel quoting Christopher Muller, School of Hospitality Administration “What a difference three years makes for Olive Garden, a chain once bashed in a 300-page report by an activist investor for poor food quality and being wasteful…” Expert quote: “Millennials haven’t stopped buying homes and going to sit-down restaurants; they are just doing it a […]

Taj Hotels Bucks the Expansion Trend and Shrinks From Three Brands to Just One

Skift Makarand Mody, School of Hospitality Administration At a time when most hotel companies are looking to increase the number of brands they have, Mumbai-based Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces, which has 100 hotels worldwide, is doing just the opposite… Expert quote: “They keep closer to the core brand equity that they have.” View full article

World’s Largest Hotel With 10,000 Rooms And 70 Restaurants Could Cost $3.5bn, But When Will It Open?

Forbes Tarik Dogru, School of Hospitality Administration Abraj Kudai—the $3.5-billion project expected to become the world’s biggest hotel (by room count) in Mecca, Saudi Arabia—may have trouble completing as scheduled by 2017… Expert quote: “The decision about when and how to complete the Abraj Kudai would depend on the government, and it will probably be […]