Top Hotel CEOs and Executives Talk Direct Booking, Airbnb and Cuba

Hotel companies keep us busy here at Skift: If they’re not buying each other to create new hospitality giants, they’re fighting to get customers to book directly, dreaming up new brands, or figuring out how to prevent guests from turning to Airbnb.

On today’s episode of the Skift podcast, we’re talking about trends in hospitality — and hearing directly from some of the industry’s top leaders.

Hotel executives from all over the world were in New York recently for the NYU International Hospitality Industry Investment Conference, and Skift editors Deanna Ting and Greg Oates recorded interviews on topics including efforts to encourage direct booking, the rise of the sharing economy, the opportunity that awaits in Cuba, how loyalty is evolving, and more.

Ting and Oates join Skift podcast host Hannah Sampson and interviews from Marriott International president and CEO Arne Sorenson; Choice Hotels president and chief operating officer Pat Pacious; Virgin Hotels CEO Raul Leal; AccorHotels CEO of Hotel Services for North and Central America Christophe Alaux; and Red Lion Hotels CEO Greg Mount and chief franchise officer Brian Quinn. 

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