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At the moment’s podcast appears at Marriott and Hilton’s high annual report takeaways, Airbnb’s synthetic intelligence pathway to new verticals, and American Specific’ new largest Centurion Lounge.

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Good morning from Skift. It’s Thursday, February 15. Right here’s what it is advisable to know in regards to the enterprise of journey.

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Episode Notes

Marriott and Hilton have each launched their annual monetary reviews for 2023. Senior Hospitality Editor Sean O’Neill lists 12 noteworthy takeaways after evaluating the businesses’ 10-Ok filings. 

The 2 resort giants have a rivalry by way of loyalty program membership numbers. Marriott presently has roughly 16 million extra loyalty program members than Hilton. However O’Neill notes Hilton may overtake Marriott in 2025 if the 2 corporations preserve their most up-to-date progress charges this 12 months. 

O’Neill provides that each corporations have been significantly extra worthwhile in 2023 than they have been six years prior. 

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Subsequent, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky believes the corporate can create a brand new synthetic intelligence interface that may assist remodel it right into a cross-vertical firm, writes Government Editor Dennis Schaal.  

Chesky mentioned the deliberate interface might be some of the modern ever created. He added that it could allow Airbnb to turn into a cross-vertical firm: Suppose Amazon when it expanded past books and Apple when it launched the app retailer. Chesky additionally mentioned Airbnb would make bulletins later this 12 months concerning new services.  

Lastly, American Specific has opened the world’s largest Centurion Lounge at Atlanta’s Hartsfield-Jackson Worldwide Airport, writes Airways Editor Gordon Smith.

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The 26,000-square foot lounge, which incorporates indoor and out of doors areas, is American Specific’ newest effort to focus on high-spending vacationers. It additionally features a whiskey bar serving cocktails designed by Centurion’s mixologist. American Specific Journey President Audrey Hendley mentioned a brand new Atlanta lounge was a significant precedence for the corporate.  

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