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Luxury in 2017 and 5 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

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These are the hospitality trends we were talking about this week.

— Sarah Enelow

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.

For all of our weekend roundups, go here.

>>Even with rumours circulating of an overseas spending clampdown, it looks like Chinese investors will continue to play a big role in the shape of the global hospitality industry in 2017: What’s Behind the Rise of Chinese Investors in Western Hospitality Companies?

>>We make our predictions for some of the biggest trends that will impact the hospitality industry and the overall guest experience: 10 Hotel Trends That Will Shape Guest Experience in 2017

>>It appears that Donald Trump and his team are using his newfound position to help his hotel business and facilitate his real estate development projects around the world. It’s only a matter of time until Trump’s personal business interests run counter to the interests of the U.S. citizens he is supposed to serve: The Hotelier-in-Chief: Trump’s Hospitality-Based Conflicts of Interest Are Mounting

>>Although much focus as of late has been on Airbnb’s ability to become a new kind of online travel agency, we shouldn’t lose sight of the fact that it continues to be a major disruptor to the traditional hotel industry, too: Airbnb Is Becoming an Even Bigger Threat to Hotels Says a New Report

>>Luxury hospitality groups and tour operators are saying that their guests today are craving more simplicity, better wellness options, and a greater convergence of experiences: Luxury Hospitality in 2017: Simplicity, Wellness and Integrated Experiences

>>What will be really interesting is how Hilton proceeds as a new asset-light company, and one with a new major stakeholder by the end of the first quarter: China’s HNA Group, the same new owner of Carlson Hotels: Hilton’s Two Spin-Offs Are Finally Complete

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