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  • Airbnb's next frontier: Dinner with strangers Wednesday, 4 Jun 2014 | 12:50 PM ET

    Airbnb is encouraging hosts to throw fee-based dinners for strangers as part of a new pilot program in its home city, San Francisco.

  • Blackstone's play on hotels     Wednesday, 4 Jun 2014 | 10:35 AM ET

    CNBC's David Faber speaks to Jonathan Gray, The Blackstone Group global head of real estate, about Blackstone's investment strategy in the hotel sector.

  • For sale: Dirtiest hotel in America, $180 million Wednesday, 4 Jun 2014 | 10:26 AM ET
    Hotel Carter in Times Square, New York.

    A field of 25 bidders has been narrowed to a final few who want to buy a Times Square hotel infamous for winning a dubious "dirty" honor.

  • Gun reform group names next target…Target Wednesday, 4 Jun 2014 | 10:08 AM ET

    The Moms group has had success in changing other gun policies after launching similar campaigns against restaurants.

  • IHG's new wellness hotel     Monday, 2 Jun 2014 | 3:36 PM ET

    Richard Solomons, InterContinental Hotels Group CEO, discuss the launch of their EVEN Hotels brand and addresses reports that IHG rejected a $10 billion takeover bid from.

  • Top hotel leaders gather in NYC     Monday, 2 Jun 2014 | 2:47 PM ET

    Discussing what the Olympics could have brought to New York City, and the state of hotel business in New York, with Loews Hotels Chairman Jonathan Tisch.

  • Starwood launches mobile check-in     Monday, 2 Jun 2014 | 10:40 AM ET

    Frits Van Paasschen, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide president & CEO, explains the hotel's mobile, keyless check-in and the company's plans for returning cash to shareholders.

  • Hilton launches Curio     Monday, 2 Jun 2014 | 10:09 AM ET

    Christopher Nassetta, Hilton Worldwide president & CEO, discusses the launch of the hotel's Curio brand and efforts to pay down debt.

  • Can Buffett's Dairy Queen make it in Manhattan? Friday, 30 May 2014 | 1:31 PM ET

    As Dairy Queen opens its first location in Manhattan, we put it up against a big-city favorite for a blind taste test.

  • Champagne delivered by drone at Vegas club Thursday, 29 May 2014 | 10:16 AM ET

    At The Cosmopolitan, poolside revelers can get bottle-service via drone. What could go wrong?

  • Sold! Boutique hotel chain buys tobacco building Wednesday, 28 May 2014 | 3:02 PM ET
    The headquarters of Reynolds American Inc., right, and the Reynolds Building, former headquarters of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., left, stand in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

    The prototype for the Empire State Building will turn into a hotel and luxury apartments next year.

  • Blackstone sells landmark Hotel del Coronado Wednesday, 28 May 2014 | 11:15 AM ET
    Hotel Del Coronado, San Diego.

    The oceanfront resort made famous in "Some Like it Hot" has sold in a deal that values its rooms in excess of $1 million each.

  • McDonald's serves up massive dividend, buyback plan Wednesday, 28 May 2014 | 9:28 AM ET

    McDonald's said it plans to return $18 billion to $20 billion to shareholders between 2014 and 2016 through a combination of dividends and share repurchases.

  • European equities set new highs; leisure shares help Tuesday, 27 May 2014 | 12:45 PM ET

    *Intercontinental Hotel Group gains on M&A talk. LONDON, May 27- European shares rose to multi-year highs on Tuesday, bolstered by U.S. economic data, mergers and acquisitions talk and expectations of more policy easing by the European Central Bank.

  • Starwood's overseas strategy     Tuesday, 27 May 2014 | 10:06 AM ET

    Discussing if big U.S. hotel chains will attempt to domicile overseas to avoid paying U.S. taxes, with Patrick Scholes, SunTrust.

  • *Travel and leisure index top gainer in Europe. The STOXX Europe 600 Travel and Leisure index rose to its highest since 2007 and was up 1.2 percent by 1042 GMT, the best sectoral gainer in Europe, led by Intercontinental Hotel Group after media reported deal interest from an unidentified bidder in the United States.

  • *Accor has no plan to sell HotelInvest, brands for now- CEO. *HotelInvest buys 97 hotels in Europe for 900 mln euros- Accor. PARIS, May 27- Europe's largest hotel group, Accor, has no plans to spin off its HotelInvest real estate business or sell any of its hotel brands, but "nothing is taboo" in the long term, Chief Executive Sebastien Bazin said.

  • How hotels are getting you to spend more Sunday, 25 May 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    Check-in is only the start of hotel spending. Guests are paying more for cocktails, massages and other extras.

  • LONDON, May 25- The world's largest hotelier, Intercontinental Hotels Group, has rejected a 6 billion pound takeover offer from a U.S. bidder, Sky News reported, citing unidentified sources. A spokeswoman for IHG, which runs 4,700 hotels with brands such as Crowne Plaza, Holiday Inn and Intercontinental, declined to comment on the report.

  • Where the jet-setters are vacationing this summer Saturday, 24 May 2014 | 4:00 PM ET

    For those with a private jet at their beck and call, some destinations are more popular than others.