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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>>Whoever believes that online travel agencies are down and out during this direct bookings push by hotels is sorely mistaken: 4 Charts That Illustrate the State of Mobile Travel App Bookings

>>Upside has the potential to upend how businesses book unmanaged travel: Priceline Founder’s New Startup Will Pay Business Travelers to Be Flexible

>>The move to digital has not removed the need for expert advice, but it has upended how print guidebook companies work: Fodor’s Travel Guides Sold to Internet Brands by Penguin Random House

>>Discrimination isn’t a problem limited to peer-to-peer platforms like Airbnb, and it’s not a problem with the sharing economy itself: Figuring out the Tech Solutions to Airbnb’s Racial Discrimination Problem

>>We’ll likely see more leadership changes as players seek to better position themselves: Sabre CEO Will Step Down by Year’s End, Leave Board of Directors

>>Branded Airbnb rooms? Maybe it’s not such a crazy idea after all: Airbnb Appeals to Advertisers – Digital Marketing News This Week