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.

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>>It’s a shame Huston won’t be around to see his strategy through or to pivot, as required: Analysis: Verdict on Priceline CEO’s Strategy Is Muddled by His Abrupt Ouster

>>Expedia is instead focusing on optimizing HomeAway sites: Expedia Hits Pause on Direct Booking Goals for HomeAway Division

>>Meeting planners have long looked sideways at sharing companies: Airbnb and the Sharing Economy Are Energizing the Knowledge Economy

>>Lyft still has lots of ground to cover if it wants to catch up to Uber’s business with corporate clients: Lyft Is Trying to Make Big Gains with Corporate Travel Managers

>>For some, shopping at the airport is a pricey hassle: Skift CMO Interview Series: The Retailer That Knows What Flyers Want

>>The direct booking wars will not be fought by laying out the evidence to parliamentary committees: Everything You Wanted to Know About the Hotel Industry’s Gripes Against OTAs

>>Google tends to favor digital products over human-facing services: Google Is Planning on Launching a Travel Assistant App

>>The future of Cvent is going to focus on international, multilingual expansion and new digital tools: What’s Next for Cvent and Meetings Following Its $1.65 Billion Acquisition?

>>Dealing with flight disruption compensation has been a hassle for travel management: Automating Flight Refunds May Become Big Money in Corporate Travel

>>Digital payments are big business: The Battle for the Digital Wallet and More Digital Marketing News This Week

Photo Credit: Former Priceline Group CEO Darren Huston when he was the president of Microsoft Corp.'s Japan unit. He stepped down from his role at Priceline after a personal scandal. Shizuo Kambayashi / Associated Press