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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.

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>> Hotels are rethinking how they gain guests’ loyalty through partnerships and personalization:  Four Top Hotel CEOs Say How Brand Loyalty Has Changed

>> Hotel chains can’t count on foreign visitors forced to pay too-high prices: InterContinental Hotels Puts the Brakes on Russian Expansion Plans

>> Technology’s also given hotels the tools to turn data into a more personalized stay from booking to check-out: How 5 Top Hotel CEOs Are Using Tech Power to Drive Personalization

>> HomeAway and Airbnb aren’t going into separate markets: HomeAway CFO on Airbnb: We Know They Are Coming After Us

>> Starwood has been one of the few travel brands building loyalty in a manner that competes across the industry: Starwood Loyalty Program Gains Value While Others Drop Fast

>> Technology puts company leaders in a precarious position of both anticipating and adopting to change at the same time: 5 Top Hotel CEOs Talk About the Unprecedented Rate of Change in Hospitality

>> Until Airbnb gets its regulatory issues settled it will need to raise money like this rather than going for an IPO: Airbnb’s New $1 Billion Funding Would Value It At $20 Billion

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