Accor and Alibaba Form Partnership to Attract Chinese Travelers

Accor

Accor is partnering with online retailer Alibaba to appeal to Chinese travelers. This is a dining room at the Sofitel Shanghai Hyland Hotel. Accor

Skift Take: Accor has formed a partnership with online marketplace Alibaba to make it easier for Chinese travelers to book rooms and other services. It’s a smart move to appeal to Alibaba’s 700 million high-spending consumers who are eager to travel around the world.

— Nancy Trejos

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New Insights Deck — The State of Loyalty: 2019 Hotel Ancillary Report

Skift Take: Ancillary products are becoming increasingly important to hotels’ marketing, branding, customer loyalty, and revenue goals. This new insights deck from iSeatz offers a detailed audit examining how today’s leading hotels brands are using ancillaries in 2019, helping sector executives make smarter decisions about how to use such products in the future.

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Is Lufthansa’s Coolness on Stakes in Alitilia and Condor a Ploy?

Lufthansa Group

A Lufthansa a350. The carrier group has been linked with bids for two other airlines. Lufthansa Group

Skift Take: What are the chances that Lufthansa ends up owning at least parts of Alitalia and Condor? It doesn’t seem enthusiastic about either but it might be better than letting a competitor get hold of them – as long as regulators agree.

— Patrick Whyte

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New Concepts Tackle Luxury Travel’s Abuse of Nature in Asia

Bensley Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape

Bangkok-based architect Bill Bensley in studio. At the Global Wellness Summit in Singapore in October, Bensley announced that he would create a reference guide focused on sustainable building that hospitality brands can incorporate into their building standards. Bensley Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape

Skift Take: Enough of abusing nature for luxury. Tourism players in Asia-Pacific share how conscious design and excursion-based wellness can change how we think about luxury resorts.

— Yixin Ng

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