weekly_trend_roundupEvery 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.

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>>Look for Expedia to spread its money around in 2016: Expedia Reveals Its Ownership Stakes in Smaller Travel Sites and Services

>>Instant Booking is clearly a huge part of the piece for TripAdvisor’s future: TripAdvisor’s Instant Booking Revenue Grows While Advertising Declines

>>The acquisition shopping spree isn’t over: Expedia CFO: We Have Our Eyes Open For More Acquisitions in 2016

>>No one company has cracked local discovery the way people have long hoped some company would: Skift Podcast: The Past and Future of Local Discovery

>>Expedia is upsetting the proverbial apple cart in introducing hotels bidding against one another: Expedia Overturns Hotel Business Model With Introduction of Bidding for Listings

>>As TripAdvisor Instant Booking kicks into gear it appears as though it is breaking new ground: Exclusive: Major Hotel Chain Won Financial Protections in TripAdvisor Instant Booking

Photo Credit: Expedia CFO Mark Okerstrom says the company will have its 'eyes open' for companies to acquire in 2016. Expedia