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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 digital trends.

For all of our trends roundups, go here.

>>Building a loyalty program for independent hotels creates a significant challenge: Stash Rewards’ New Credit Card Wants to Disrupt Hotel Loyalty

>>Credit cards’ secure chips make them more ideal for travelers:  5 Charts Showing How Travelers Pay for In-Trip Transactions

>>Samantha Brown opens up about the state of travel TV and the direction it is taking in the future: Interview: Samantha Brown on the Evolution and the Opportunity of Travel TV

>>Get in line when it comes to joining the droves of startups trying to sell to big corporations, hotels and travel agencies: Startups Stories Series: The Pivot to B2B Is Not the Promised Land

>>As storefront agencies have disappeared, home-based agents have picked up the slack: Independent Travel Agents Look for Support to Master a Niche

>>With as The Priceline Group’s overwhelming priority, the international growth of OpenTable will take place at a measured pace: OpenTable CEO Steps Aside as Restaurant Reservations Platform Eyes International Expansion

Photo Credit: Samantha Brown's new show 50/50 premiered on Travel Channel on October 4. Travel Channel