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

>> IHG acquiring Kimpton Hotels this week raises a larger discussion: Why Every Major Hotel Brand Wants in on the Boutique Business

>> Marriott’s campaign will show if Snapchat is worth it for hotels: Marriott Hotels’ New Snapchat Campaign Is a First for Hotel Brands

>> Hyatt’s CEO is the latest to say he’s focused on empowering employees to help guests make the most of their experiences: Interview: How Hyatt’s CEO Empowers Employees to Drive the Guest Experience

>> These are the moments that made a difference in travel this year: 25 Travel Moments That Mattered in 2014

Photo Credit: Hotel Tomo in San Francisco, CA. Kimpton Hotels