Red Roof Inn Launches Aggressive Price-Match Guarantee to Boost Direct Bookings

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A new price-match guarantee from Red Roof Inn is designed to keep guests booking directly with the chain. Red Roof

Skift Take: Red Roof’s new best rate guarantee program provides a strong incentive to anyone who finds a cheaper room rate through a third party site. With hotel distribution channels tightening up though, consumers may have a hard time in finding those deals.

— Grant Martin

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The Paradox of Taxing Travelers for Overtourism

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Edinburgh is just one of the destinations to implement a tourism tax. HannahWebb / Flickr

Skift Take: Are destinations taxing visitors because they don’t want them to show up? Actually, the conversation around tourism taxes shows that it’s not really less visitors that destinations want — it’s more resources and management tools to deal with them properly.

— Rosie Spinks

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Will Too Many Empty Hotel Rooms in Middle East Require a New Business Model?

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An oversupply of hotels rooms in places like Dubai (pictured) is prompting third-party management companies to offer their services. Rickisfriends / Visual Hunt

Skift Take: Third-party management is a relative unknown in the Middle East’s hospitality landscape. The challenge that white-label companies face is convincing owners and operators to relinquish control.

— Devina Divecha

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