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Throughout the week we post dozens of original stories, connecting the dots across the travel industry, and every weekend we sum it all up. This weekend roundup examines hospitality.
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>>Frits van Paasschen brings great perspective to the biggest hotel story of the year: Skift Backstage Podcast: Frits van Paasschen on Being Your Own Disruptor
>>What can Airbnb learn from hotels and what can hotels learn from Airbnb? Video: Airbnb and the New Hospitality Mindset
>>We certainly don’t envy Tina Edmundson’s Herculean task to distinguish each and every one of these brands going forward: Marriott Divides Its 30 Brands Into Two Categories: Classic or Distinctive
>>If you want a deeper dive into Airbnb’s larger strategy and vision, given the company’s big product launch earlier this month, read on: This Is Why Airbnb Is Doing What It’s Doing With Trips and More
>>We wonder if this is one of many such partnerships to come: Luxury Loyalty Merger: Taj and Shangri-La Hotels Partner on Loyalty Play
>>Online hotel bookings remain much more valuable than online short-term rental bookings: 3 Charts Showing Growth of Short-Term Rentals vs. Hotel Online Bookings
>>If the advent of artificial-intelligence-driven smart speakers like Google Home and Amazon Echo is any indication, the Internet of Things is that much closer to becoming a reality, even when we check into our hotel rooms: Netflix and Streaming Video Are Replacing Hotel Pay-Per-View Entertainment
>>Growing its portfolio in Latin America makes sense: Wyndham Buys Latin American Hotel Management Company
>>Just in time for the holiday season. Let’s hope this turns out to be a miracle for all parties involved: SBE Finally Completes Its Purchase of Morgans Hotels
>>Before it was acquired by Accor, Onefinestay’s most recent set of accounts show that it was burning through cash at a considerable rate and that its business was suffering as a result of attacks in Europe: Hyatt Invested $15 Million in Cash-Burning Onefinestay Before Accor Acquisition