Selected Articles

"The Complete Oral History of Boutique Hotels"

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.

"Why Expedia or Priceline Might Just Be the Next Great Hotel Brand"

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.

"This Is What Airbnb Should Do With Resy"

There's so very much Airbnb can do with Resy, and I analyzed what many of those things could be in this piece.

"Airbnb's Road to an IPO: Everything You Could Possibly Need to Know"

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.

"10 Hotel Trends That Will Shape Guest Experience in 2017"

This was, and continues to be, one of Skift's most popular articles.

"This Is Why Airbnb Is Doing What It's Doing With Trips and More"

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.

"Starwood's Hospitality Legacy After the Marriott Merger"

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.

"Every One of Marriott's 30 Hotel Brands, Explained"

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. 

"The Manifesto for a Common Sense Approach to Regulating Airbnb"

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.

"Here's Why Co-Living Could Be the Next Big Hospitality Trend"

I looked at how co-living and co-working are influencing hospitality.

"This Is How Hotels Could Win the Direct Booking Wars"

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.

"The Inside Story of Anbang's Long Pursuit to Acquire Starwood"

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.

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"Making Meetings Healthier: An Rx for Attendees"

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.

Selected On-Stage Interviews

Skift Global Forum 2018: Ian Schrager

Skift Global Forum 2018: Airbnb President of Homes Greg Greeley, President of Homes, Airbnb

Skift Global Forum 2018: Marriott International CEO Arne Sorenson

Skift Forum Europe 2018: Airbnb Managing Director for Europe, Middle East, and Africa Jeroen Merchiers

Skift Forum Europe 2018: Marriott International Global Brand Officer Tina Edmundson

Skift Forum Europe 2018: AccorHotels CEO Sebastien Bazin

Skift Global Forum 2017: Wyndham Hotel Group CEO Geoff Ballotti

Skift Global Forum 2017: InterContinental Hotels Group CEO Keith Barr

Selected Podcast Recordings

Skift Podcast: Why Marriott Is So Attached to Its 30 Brands

Skift Podcast: Why Accor Had No Choice But to Change

Skift Podcast: The Airbnb Threat to Hotels and Booking Sites 

Skift Podcast: What to Expect from the New Expedia

Skift Podcast: What Hotels Are Doing to Win Your Loyalty