Rivalries Between Boutique Hotels Heat Up in College Towns

Graduate Hotels

Shown here is the lobby at the Graduate Berkeley in California. Graduate Hotels has grown to 22 hotels near college campuses in six years. It plans to continue its expansion, especially in key urban centers such as Los Angeles and Washington, D.C. Graduate Hotels

Skift Take: Graduate Hotels has grown to 22 hotels in college towns in six years. Now it intends to face down new competition by branching out to larger urban markets where it can continue to appeal to people involved in universities, but also attract other clientele.

— Nancy Trejos

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Australia’s Tourism Needs a Crisis Communications Plan — Stat

Bloomberg

With the world seeing vivid images such as this, Australia tourism needs a crisis communications plan. Bloomberg

Skift Take: With vivid images and videos of a burning Australia, and words such as “apocalyptic” and “atomic” being flung about, the tourism industry needs to quickly deploy a plan that is sensitive and achievable.

— Raini Hamdi

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Will Concierge Fashion Services Shape Luxury Travel?

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Luxury travel fashion concierges are gaining in popularity, which could down the line make packing for a trip obsolete. galaganov / Adobe

Skift Take: Luxury travel, fashion concierge services have started taking off, and different companies are vying to grab the top spot. Right now it seems the front-runner is Rent the Runway, but more niche brands could find traction too.

— Leslie Barrie

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