weekly_trend_roundup.jpgEvery 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.

>>First came Slack, then came Skype: Microsoft Wants to Bring Travel Bots to Skype Messaging

>>More from South by Southwest: How Airbnb, Disney and Virgin America Merge Online and Offline Experiences

>>The amount of data available to travel managers is growing: Four Charts on the Cost of Last-Minute Travel Booking

>>The link between Uber and hotel companies gets stronger: Hilton Deepens Its Uber Relationship in New Loyalty Push

>>A more honest accounting of how hotels manipulate their room rates: Corporate Travel CEO Series: The Brewing Conflict Between Hotels and Travel Managers

>>Priceline has been saying that its “competitive moat” is wide but under-appreciated: A Priceline Acquisition of TripAdvisor Makes Sense in a Year of Transition

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