The Future of Travel Retail

With travel in flux, brands are rethinking hotel partnerships

In 2020, hotel occupancy hit 44% in the U.S., down from 66% in 2019. And, according to one estimate, occupancy will likely hover around 52% in 2021 -- still well below where it was pre-pandemic. As a result, branded partnerships no longer have the gravitas they once held. Now, some brands are changing the way they think about hotel partnerships.

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