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Every 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.

For all of our trends roundups, go here.

>>Smart travel companies already know that the Chinese travel market will be absolutely crucial: How Marriott’s Doing Things Differently and Digitally in China

>>AccorHotels continues to make strategic investments that attempt to round out its overall portfolio: AccorHotels Invests in Boutique Brand 25hours Hotels

>>The Standard and Bunkhouse properties have developed highly engaged communities of loyal guests and local residents: Video: Building a Lifestyle Hotel Brand in the Sharing Economy Age

>>So far it’s fairly clear what Marriott has in store for Starwood: Dissecting the Future of the Newly Combined Marriott and Starwood

>>Will someone just buy this hotel company that so desperately needs to be bought before year’s end? SBE’s Morgans Hotel Acquisition May Not Happen After All — Again

>>Disruption makes for strange bedfellows and in hospitality, that means partnering with a cool eatery or food delivery service, or chucking the decades-old, tried-and-true but dated technology: 5 Hospitality Disruption Takeaways From Skift Mini-Forum at World Travel Market London

Photo Credit: The JW Marriott in Los Cabos. Marriott's third quarter results were mixed, but the company gave a bit more insight into how it plans to proceed with its integration with Starwood. Marriott International