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 digital trends.

For all of our trends roundups, go here.

>> The reality is that Booking.com isn’t the most formidable rival in vacation rentals when you consider the market country by country: HomeAway CEO Downplays Booking.com as a European Competitor

>> Airbnb will lose out the most in this scenario: Airbnb Faces Big Fines in Portland if Hosts Don’t Get City Permits

>> All of those acquisitions don’t come cheap: Priceline Positions Itself for 2015 Acquisition Spree With $1.13 Billion Note Offering

>> Welcome to a lodging company, HomeAway: HomeAway Will Spend $100 Million to Show it Is Not Airbnb

>> For investors in Chinese travel websites, growth in sales is trumping profits: Qunar’s Sales Are Outpacing Ctrip’s, But It’s Still Not Profitable

 

Photo Credit: Vacation rentals can be unique and much different than cookie-cutter hotels, which means making vacation rentals online bookable is a relatively complex problem. Pictured is a HomeAway villa rental in Greece. HomeAway