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  • HotelTonight adds keyless entry, mobile check-in Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 | 6:48 PM ET
    New features on the HotelTonight app include a keyless room entry option.

    An app-only booking company has added keyless room entry and mobile check-in features for hotel guests.

  • Del Taco is owned by private equity firms that include Goldman Sachs Mezzanine Partners, Charlesbank Capital Partners and Leonard Green& Partners. The owners are working with Piper Jaffray and Goldman Sachs Group Inc on the sale process, the sources said, requesting anonymity because the matter is private.

  • U.S. fast-food chain Del Taco explores sale -sources Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 | 10:08 AM ET

    The majority of them are in West Coast states including California and Oregon. Goldman Sachs Mezzanine Partners led a new equity infusion into privately held Del Taco in 2010, with existing investors Charlesbank Capital Partners and Leonard Green& Partners also contributing new capital to the recapitalization.

  • HomeAway hits 1M live rentals  Wednesday, 25 Jun 2014 | 6:51 AM ET

    Carl Shepherd, HomeAway co-founder, discusses the growing alternative accommodations industry. There is more supply in this industry than there ever has been before, says Shepherd.

  • Wyndham was the mystery bidder for IHG: report Tuesday, 24 Jun 2014 | 1:45 PM ET
    A sign for the InterContinental Hotel, operated by the InterContinental Hotels Group Plc, sits on display at the hotel in Park Lane, London.

    Intercontinental Hotels' board rejected a merger offer in May, Sky News reports.

  • Delta, United lead the way in airline fees Monday, 23 Jun 2014 | 4:01 PM ET

    U.S. airlines collected $790 million in bag fees in the first quarter of 2013.

  • Rent your home--or your couch Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 | 2:02 PM ET
    (Left to right) Brian Chesky, Nathan Blecharczyk and Joe Gebbia, co-founders of Airbnb

    Despite opposition, Airbnb's rent-your-home marketplace, with its 'airbed and breakfast' approach, is catching on in the shared economy.

  • Big restaurant chains dip in customer satisfaction Tuesday, 17 Jun 2014 | 7:36 AM ET
    A Subway sandwich artist making a sandwich.

    Quality is becoming more important than price, according to the American Customer Service Index.

  • Private jet charter to the World Cup—$250K and up Monday, 16 Jun 2014 | 2:39 PM ET

    Competition to secure a private plane for the World Cup is heating up as Brazilian airports fill up.

  • Priceline snaps up OpenTable for about $2.6 billion Friday, 13 Jun 2014 | 10:46 AM ET

    Priceline announces it is buying online reservation site OpenTable for $103 per share, or about $2.6 billion.

  • Wyndham CEO: Consumers booking earlier  Thursday, 12 Jun 2014 | 8:40 AM ET

    Wyndham Worldwide chairman and CEO Stephen Holmes, provides insight to increasing travel across the globe, and healthy booking trends in Europe.

  • Onefinestay won't destroy hotel industry: CEO  Thursday, 12 Jun 2014 | 5:15 AM ET

    Greg Marsh, co-founder and CEO of onefinestay, says the service offers an alternative to luxury city center accommodation and discusses the environment for start-ups in the U.K. and London.

  • New thrill rides raise the stakes in Las Vegas Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 | 6:59 PM ET
    The newly opened VooDoo zip line at the Rio Las Vegas gives riders a trhill 490 feet off the ground.

    The economy in Sin City continues to move away from gaming since the worst days of the Great Recession.

  • Hipmunk redesigns for younger travelers Wednesday, 11 Jun 2014 | 8:32 AM ET
    Hipmunk app.

    Hipmunk is finding a slightly younger user base by mixing nontraditional results in one place with tried-and-true airlines and hotels.

  • Hyatt: Austerity in China is the 'new normal'  Monday, 9 Jun 2014 | 7:48 PM ET

    Mark Hoplamazian, CEO at Hyatt, discusses the impact of Beijing's austerity measures and the firm's outlook on the hospitality industry in China.

  • Hyatt: We like Tokyo with or without Olympics  Monday, 9 Jun 2014 | 7:44 PM ET

    Mark Hoplamazian, CEO at Hyatt, discusses the opening of its Andaz Hotel in Tokyo and elaborates how a pickup in leisure and business travel is driving tourism in the city.

  • Rusty arches: McDonald's US sales fall again Monday, 9 Jun 2014 | 11:10 AM ET

    McDonald's reported better-than-expected global sales at established restaurants in May, helped by strong demand in China.

  • Meet the dynamic duo behind Banyan Tree  Sunday, 8 Jun 2014 | 9:41 PM ET

    Ho Kwon Ping, Executive Chairman and Claire Chiang, Senior VP at Banyan Tree Holdings, discusses how they expanded from one resort in Phuket into 40 branches.

  • Bourbon, marketing score tourists for 2nd-tier cities Saturday, 7 Jun 2014 | 12:07 PM ET
    Portland, Oregon

    As travel rebounds, second-tier U.S. cities, looking to grow arrivals and receipts, are wooing both developers and travelers—even overseas.

  • Banyan Tree: Not worried about Thailand  Wednesday, 4 Jun 2014 | 11:45 PM ET

    Despite seeing occupancy rates at its hotels drop nearly 50 percent due to the political crisis, Ho Kwon Ping, Executive Chairman of Banyan Tree Holdings, is optimistic on tourism in Bangkok.