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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>>AccorHotels’ investments in the sharing economy continue to expand, and as the only major global hotel company investing so directly into the alternative accommodations sector, the company seems well positioned to adapt and grow with this “new normal” in the lodging space: AccorHotels to Buy Private Vacation Rental Platform Travel Keys
>>There’s no better time than now to try to capture a consumer’s loyalty, or to engage with them, even if the landscape is becoming a lot more competitive, and consumers, overall, aren’t quite as “loyal” as they used to be: 8 Top Executives Say Where Hotel Loyalty Is Headed Next
>>Hilton’s new loyalty program, Honors, will soon allow travelers to pay with points. But will they gouge travelers on the value of each point? Hilton Overhauls Its Loyalty Program — Skift Business Traveler
>>Hotels in Venezuela admit that even with promotions they struggle to increase consumer demand, but they are still trying to address declining occupancy: Venezuelan Hotels Try Promotions and Other Strategies to Cope With Financial Crisis
>>Regarding IHG’s data breach and others in the past at many high-profile companies, why does it always take so long for the general public to find out? InterContinental Hotels Group Suffers Data Breach at 12 U.S. Properties
>>Taj isn’t afraid to do things differently, whether teaming up with a competitor on an innovative loyalty program strategy, or deciding to whittle down its number of brands to just one: Taj Hotels Bucks the Expansion Trend and Shrinks From Three Brands to Just One
>>As technology continues to evolve, hotels need to find more creative and effective ways to use it to improve the guest experience, without sacrificing the humanity of genuine hospitality: Skift Forum Europe: IHG CEO on the Next, Next Thing in Hospitality
>>Whether the Trump Hotels company can continue its focus on domestic growth, while avoiding the many conflicts of interest and challenges that arise in this unprecedented situation, we’ll have to wait and see: Trump Hotels CEO Interview: With International Expansion off the Table, Domestic Growth Gets Full Focus
>>Leave it to AccorHotels to be a pioneer: AccorHotels Plans to Test Selling Flights on Its Website
>>While Rezidor is still suffering from the impact of terrorism, its outlook is likely to improve if and when it is taken over by Chinese conglomerate HNA Group: Rezidor Hotels Points to Terrorism and Oil Prices as Earnings Wane