For this piece, I spoke to more than two dozen people who were involved in the boutique hotel movement that began here in the U.S. in the early 1980s with Bill Kimpton, Ian Schrager, and Steve Rubell. Their stories were fascinating, and reading them gives you an incredible inside look into just how influential and impactful the boutique, or lifestyle hotel was and continues to be today on how we travel.
Using extensive research and conducting multiple interviews with people in the hospitality and online travel industries, I compiled this comprehensive "what if" article that ponders the possibility of online travel agencies like Priceline and Expedia having their own hotels, and not just selling others' hotels on their sites.
There's so very much Airbnb can do with Resy, and I analyzed what many of those things could be in this piece.
We all know Airbnb is on the road to an IPO, but before it gets there, it has a number of challenges it needs to address. I lay all those out in this comprehensive article.
This was, and continues to be, one of Skift's most popular articles.
An analytical piece that explains why Airbnb entered the in-destination tours and activities marketplace, even though many other companies have tried (and often failed) to succeed in it.
There's no doubt in my mind that Starwood was, and continues to be, one of the most influential hotel companies in recent history, and this article takes a look back at all of the innovative things the company accomplished in its 25-year history.
Quite possibly the most-read piece I have ever written. And one of the most fun to write. Coming up with the idea to do "Skift Takes" for Marriott and Starwood's PR speak was my idea.
Regulating short-term rentals will never be simple or easy, no matter where you are, but this article offers a framework for doing just that.
I looked at how co-living and co-working are influencing hospitality.
Hotel companies and online travel agencies have been locked in this battle for a very long time, and in this piece, I examined what ways, if any, hotels could use to get a bit of an advantage.
There probably won't be any hotel merger or acquisition as crazy as the one involving Marriott, Starwood, and unexpected last-minute player Anbang any time soon. This article showed that while it may have looked like Anbang appeared out of nowhere to try to steal Starwood away from Marriott, the truth was that they were eyeing Starwood long before that.
Read more of my stories for Skift here.
This article won a Silver Azbee award, as well as a 2015 FOLIO: Eddie Award, and was named a finalist for a 2015 Jesse H. Neal Award.
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Selected Podcast Recordings
Skift Podcast: The Airbnb Threat to Hotels and Booking Sites