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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>>Big data, AI, and geo-fencing are coming together to reshape the hotel guest experience: What Marriott Learned From Starwood’s Loyalty and Digital Expertise
>>Professionally managed and do-it-yourself rentals are two very different types of hospitality businesses: New Skift Research Report: The State of the Global Vacation Rental Market 2017
>>Onefinestay’s parent company, Accor, and homesharing juggernaut, Airbnb, aren’t the only companies interested in the traditional vacation rental market: Onefinestay CEO: The Vacation Rental Market Is Fragmented and Ripe for Disruption
>>For Hilton, focusing on building direct customer relationships, improving loyalty, and launching new brands will always be top priorities, at least for this year: Hilton CEO: Spinoffs Have Freed Us Up for Organic Growth, More Direct Bookings
>> …And here comes Airbnb Lux: Airbnb Acquires Vacation Rental Company Luxury Retreats, Officially Moves Into Luxury
>>As a growing company with global ambitions and a $3 billion stockpile, Airbnb wants to buy stuff. You can expect that more acquisitions are on the way: Airbnb’s Buy of Luxury Retreats Is Latest of a Dozen Acquisitions
>>Companies like Marriott International, with its strong global presence, are in a good position to capitalize on hotel demand that may shift away from the U.S. due to political concerns: Marriott CEO Says U.S. Travel Ban Financial Impact Is Minor, But May Deter Groups
>>Choice talks a good game about its SkyTouch subsidiary. But signs point to continued heartache: Choice Hotels Wants to Sell a Technology Division That Struggled to Break Even
>>Hyatt just now realized consumers like wellness brands? Hyatt Can’t Wait to Expand New Wellness Brand Miraval