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Every week we post hundreds of stories across various sectors in travel, connecting the dots across various global trends, and in these weekend posts we highlight the stories that tackle these trends. This one looks at top hospitality trends.

For all of our trends roundups, go here

>> Big news: apparently Amazon wants in with hotel booking: Exclusive: Amazon to Get Into Hotel Booking With Launch of Travel Site

>> Skift’s new trends report looks at the future of meetings and conventions: The Rise of ‘Innovation Districts’ as Creative Convention Venues

>> Shangri-La Hotels CEO on how hotels are now lifestyle brands and hospitality companies: Interview: Shangri-La Hotels CEO on Maintaining Brand Identity Amid Expansion

>> How Airbnb is, and isn’t, working with its startup competitors: The Startup Businesses Built Around the Airbnb Ecosystem

>> Carlson COO on seeing challenges as opportunities: Interview: How Carlson Applies Retail Lessons to the Hospitality Experience


Photo Credit: The window of an Airbnb property in Loire Valley, France. Manoir de la Boirie / Flickr