The adventures, numbering more than 200 at the outset, are available either exclusively to Airbnb or provided by small local operators.
As lines blur between platform and provider, there are some real questions around rate parity and price competitiveness in this brave new world.
Ji Qi says in each of the market Huazhu lands on, it aims to become a top five player eventually.
Both projects and rooms in the pipeline are at new all-time highs.
If the deal goes through, it will make Oyo the most valued startup along with Paytm.
It takes three to four years for Accor to build a hotel in India thus investing in an existing successful chain is far and away the best way to quickly gain a strong foothold.
The hotel giant, which faces stiff competition from Hilton and Airbnb, uses the lab to get insights into the smallest details–from the shape of wall sconces to the location of electrical outlets.
The driver for Accor going forward is the renewed focus on live + work + play aspects of a guest and owning the relationship, drifting away from being just owner of properties.
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