Las Vegas Resort Named for Developer’s Son Set to Open in 2022

Christopher Goodney  / Bloomberg

Shown here is real estate mogul Steve Witkoff talking with Bloomberg news. Witkoff is pushing back the opening of a $3.1 billion resort The Drew on the Las Vegas Strip by more than a year. Christopher Goodney / Bloomberg

Skift Take: In a thoughtful touch, real estate mogul Steven Witkoff is naming Drew Las Vegas after his late son who died of an opioid addiction, and Witkoff plans to use some of the revenues to fund a foundation that battles addiction. The resort will be a Marriott property on the north end of The Strip that will emphasize non-gaming options.

— Sean O’Neill

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Skift Webinar: Shaping the Hospitality Experience of the Future

Skift Take: Today’s hospitality brands have an opportunity to play a much bigger role in the lives of consumers, extending their business beyond the hotel room and delivering experiences that help guests as they live, work, and play. How will hotel brands like Accor adapt their strategy to succeed in this new environment? Register for the webinar on May 15 from 1 – 2 p.m. EDT.

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Skift Forum Europe: Accessible Mojo Wants Hotels to Promote Their Existing Strengths

Mobility Mojo

Stephen Cluskey, the co-founder and CEO of Dublin-based Accessible Mojo, will speak at Skift Forum Europe about how hotels can better promote their accessibility features. Mobility Mojo

Skift Take: Accessibility for travelers with disabilities may be a difficult topic of conversation for some hoteliers, but Accessible Mojo is ready to make that dialog a little easier for everyone.

— Sarah Enelow-Snyder

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Peninsula’s Personalization Plans Include Reducing Size of Hotels

The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels

In-room technology is custom built and designed by the group’s Research and Technology Center. The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels

Skift Take: Think Peninsula Hotels and what comes to mind is white-glove, green-Rolls Royce, and red-carpet treatment. Think again: This is one of the meanest machines in luxury hotel technology. It only gets meaner — and leaner — as ultra high-end guests become more uncharitable when their individual needs aren’t met.

— Raini Hamdi

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U.S. Major Airlines Restart Fight Over Open Skies

Air Italy

U.S. carriers are fighting over whether Air Italy’s new U.S. flights are a proxy for Qatar Airways to expand. Air Italy

Skift Take: A long-simmering fight over Open Skies is boiling over again and is dividing the U.S. airline industry. The U.S. major carriers say Air Italy is a Trojan horse for Qatar Airways to expand in the U.S. JetBlue and the cargo carriers argue changing the rules of the game now would invite retaliation.

— Madhu Unnikrishnan

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