Oyo Overdue for Business Rethink and 15 Other Top Hospitality Stories This Week


Former SoftBank darling Ritesh Agarwal has to pare back his ambitions for Oyo. Oyo

Skift Take: This week in hospitality news, former SoftBank darling Ritesh Agarwal is paring back his ambitions for Oyo, beginning with cutting more than 1,000 staff. Plus, Skift predicts that 2020 will be the year of subscription travel.

— Danielle Hyams

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A San Francisco ‘Living Landmark’ Retires After More Than 4 Decades

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Tom Sweeney in front of the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco. Eric Risberg / Associated Press

Skift Take: The doorman at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in downtown San Francisco has seen the city change more than most people. He’s hanging up his Beefeater costume after a career that transformed him into an icon to visitors and locals alike.

— Rosie Spinks

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JetBlue Raises Baggage Fees on Customers Who Pay Close to Departure

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JetBlue agents at Tampa International Airport in Florida help passengers. JetBlue has raised baggage fees on customers who wait until the last-minute to pay. Chris O’Meara / Associated Press

Skift Take: It’s weird. JetBlue likes to brag about bringing humanity back to air travel. And yet the airline keeps trying lead the industry into higher checked baggage fees. What’s the deal?

— Brian Sumers

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