Expedia Group Rules Out Charging Commissions on Hotel Resort Fees

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Pictured is the Aria Resort & Casino Las Vegas Skypool. Expedia decided not to charge hotels, such as Aria, commission on their resort fees. Al Powers / PowersImagery.com

Skift Take: Hotels charging resort fees now have the choice of paying higher commissions to Booking.com and/or seeing their properties fall in Expedia’s sort order. The other change that many don’t want to make is to simply — and painfully — stop charging anti-consumer resort fees.

— Dennis Schaal

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Brand USA Fights for Its Future as U.S. Inbound Travel Weakens Under Trump

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Members of the tourism community on a Brand USA familiarization trip to Chicago. Choose Chicago / Twitter

Skift Take: Brand USA is confident about securing future funding due to bipartisan support for the program. The reality, however, is that the program faces an administration not focused on welcoming visitors.

— Rosie Spinks

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Lufthansa Plans Revamp of Low-Cost Eurowings Unit

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A Eurowings aircraft. Parent company Lufthansa Group is revamping the carrier. Lufthansa Group

Skift Take: It seems Lufthansa will scale back its previously ambitious strategy for Eurowings and focus on airports where it has a stronghold. The idea is that being a simplified airline will have a better chance at competing with the likes of Ryanair and EasyJet.

— Patrick Whyte

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Skift Tech Forum: Oracle Wants to Reimagine Guest Experience

Marriott San Mateo

In 2016, Oracle bought the Marriott Hotel in San Mateo, California. The hotel continues to take bookings from the public under the Marriott franchise brand and uses Oracle Hospitality’s Opera cloud-based property management system. Oracle uses the hotel part-time for training and group events because it is only about four miles from its main office. Marriott San Mateo

Skift Take: Oracle Hospitality sells the world’s most widely used hotel property management system. But it has ambitions to expand into additional services. Senior executive Laura Calin says her company is upending entrenched processes by rolling out fresh solutions, migrating to faster and smarter platforms, and drafting new commercial models.

— Sean O’Neill

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Hilton to Build Tech-Driven Meeting and Event Spaces for Biz Travelers

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Hilton’s Reverbery meeting room at the HIlton Austin. The Hilton brand is deploying new meeting room concepts for franchisees. Hilton

Skift Take: Hotel companies are always looking for the next big trend. It’s pretty hard to ignore business travelers’ desire to meet in refreshed spaces and get some work done outside the guest room.

— Danni Santana

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