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  • World's most expensive hotel suites  Thursday, 13 Feb 2014 | 6:30 PM ET

    A stay in the royal penthouse suite at the Hotel President Wilson in Geneva is the world's most expensive hotel room, according to Wealth-X. The Asia Squawk Box team discuss. (EDITOR'S NOTE: Wealth-X has clarified that the Four Seasons Hotel offer is $45,000 per night, not $41,000).

  • More foreign travelers making trips to the US Thursday, 13 Feb 2014 | 12:01 AM ET
    Tourists flood Times Square in New York.

    About 67 million international travelers visited the United States in 2012, a number boosted by a $72 million marketing program.

  • Travel trend: 'Get me somewhere warm now' Wednesday, 12 Feb 2014 | 1:38 PM ET
    The beach bar at the Radisson Blu Resort, Marina & Spa on the Caribbean island of St. Martin.

    Winter travel is up, especially among people booking near-term trips to warm-weather destinations.

  • Airports ramping up downtown rail connections Tuesday, 11 Feb 2014 | 2:53 PM ET
    In April 2013, Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport’s Sky Train began service between the airport’s busiest terminal and Valley Metro Light Rail.

    Dallas, Seattle and other cities are connecting their airports to downtown by rail in hopes of easing headaches and attracting more business.

  • Hotel construction challenges at Sochi  Monday, 10 Feb 2014 | 11:21 AM ET

    Ted Knighton, Interstate Hotels & Resorts president & COO, discusses the reality of building in Sochi and provides insight into the challenges hotel operators are facing at the Olympics.

  • Hotel data breach went undetected for nine months Thursday, 6 Feb 2014 | 4:47 PM ET

    Customers at 14 hotels in eight states will get free credit monitoring for a year after a data breach.

  • Gamblers lost a record $440B last year: Report Thursday, 6 Feb 2014 | 12:11 PM ET

    Gamblers around the world lost $440 billion last year, and the industry is growing. The US is the biggest market, but China is rising.

  • Smoker-friendly hotel rooms get their own website Wednesday, 5 Feb 2014 | 4:47 PM ET

    As some hotel chains are going smoke free, smokers can search 250,000 smoking-allowed rooms on a new booking website.

  • Booming restaurant segment eating rivals’ lunch Wednesday, 5 Feb 2014 | 1:55 PM ET
    A Chipotle Mexican Grill in Hollywood, Calif.

    Fast-casual spots such as Chipotle and Noodles & Co. are far outperforming other categories, especially fast-food companies like McDonald's.

  • Reporters vent on Twitter about Sochi hotels Wednesday, 5 Feb 2014 | 10:20 AM ET
    Construction work continues apace outside the Gorki Plaza East hotel in Krasnaya Polyana, Russia on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014.

    Reporters are turning to Twitter to vent about substandard hotel rooms in Sochi, Russia, the site of the 2014 Winter Olympics, The Washington Post reported.

  • Hotels data breach ire could lead to tipping point Tuesday, 4 Feb 2014 | 5:29 PM ET

    Fourteen hotels in eight states are awaiting the results of an investigation into a nine-month security breach of customer information

  • Hotels investigating potential security breach Monday, 3 Feb 2014 | 3:10 PM ET

    More than a dozen hotels are investigating a report that customer data was stolen at a number of locations.

  • Hotels testing keyless entry via smartphone app Tuesday, 28 Jan 2014 | 6:27 PM ET

    Aloft hotels in New York and California are letting guests open their rooms with a smartphone app.

  • Luxury hotel: Asset-light model best for Asia?  Monday, 27 Jan 2014 | 4:40 AM ET

    Andrew Sangster, editor at Hotel Analyst, discusses the luxury hotel sector, the advantages of not owning physical properties, and instead franchising or managing hotels.

  • Luxury hotel chain Nobu to debut in Asia  Sunday, 26 Jan 2014 | 10:22 PM ET

    Melco Crown announced that luxury hotel chain Nobu will be part of its newest integrated casino resort. CNBC's Susan Li reports live from Manila.

  • In best hotels lists, old and new media matter Saturday, 25 Jan 2014 | 3:00 PM ET
    The lobby at The Canyon Suites at The Phoenician in Scottsdale, Ariz.

    Baedeker Guides are long gone, but many of the traditional travel guides retain their influence when they produce a best-of list.

  • Loews Hotels flips on free Wi-Fi for all rooms Thursday, 23 Jan 2014 | 1:39 PM ET

    The luxury level hotels have been slow to offer free Internet connections, but Loews is giving up the fees in hopes of luring more guests.

  • Presidential suite in San Fran's Fairmont  Wednesday, 22 Jan 2014 | 1:56 PM ET

    CNBC's Robert Frank shares a sneak peak of tonight's episode of "Secret Lives of the Super Rich" on CNBC, which takes a tour of the presidential suite inside San Francisco's Fairmont Hotel.

  • True love: The $777,777 Valentine's Day package Wednesday, 22 Jan 2014 | 1:12 PM ET
    Detail from Robert Indiana's LOVE.

    Where to find love Feb. 14 if you're willing to spend thousands on a hotel.

  • Starwood expansion story on a tear  Wednesday, 22 Jan 2014 | 6:52 AM ET

    Frits Van Paasschen, Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide president & CEO, shares his thoughts on growing global demand in the lodging industry and weighs in on travel trends in 2014. I think we will offer more services and actually lower costs because of technology, says Van Paasschen, explaining how his business model is unlike the airline industry.