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 hospitality trends.

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>>Not all hotel loyalty member rates are created equal, and it pays to read the fine print: How Much It Pays to Book Direct Depends on the Hotel Brand

>>Can such a thing exist? The Manifesto for a Common Sense Approach to Regulating Airbnb

>>If hotels really want to take back market share from online travel agencies, they need to wage an all-out offensive: This Is How Hotels Could Win the Direct Booking Wars

>>IHG is making some inroads into cutting its dependency on online travel agencies: InterContinental Claims Early Success in Latest Direct Booking Push

>>We have to wonder if there are better ways for hotels to prevent these kinds of attacks: Kimpton Is Latest Hotel Chain to Deal With Credit Card Data Breach

>>Is the cycle finally turning downward? Are the good times of high occupancies and revenues over? What Hotel CEOs Think About Terrorism, Slumping Oil, Brexit and Other Woes

>>Some Chinese investors have plenty of cash to spend on foreign investment: 4 Charts Showing the $5 Billion Boom in Chinese Investment in U.S. Hotels

>>Mixing politics and business is rarely a great idea: Foot Traffic at U.S. Trump-Branded Properties Drops Dramatically Says Foursquare

>>There’s nothing like a contrarian, outspoken hotel CEO to keep things interesting: AccorHotels CEO to the Hotel Industry: ‘You Have an Obligation to Be Bold’