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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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>>It’s one thing to sell a curated portfolio of hotel rooms to luxury travelers. It’s another to keep them coming back, and branch out into selling experiences: Skift Forum Europe: Mr. and Mrs. Smith Look to the Future of Loyalty

>>Plenty of hotel companies have woken up to the benefits of offering good food and beverage options with an open and inviting lobby area. Even though Marriott is one of many in this space it does seem prudent to expand its own offering: Marriott’s New European Push Puts Moxy at the Forefront

>>We know AccorHotels CEO Sebastien Bazin isn’t afraid to be “bold,” but we’ll wait and see if the bold move of investing in hotels in a region beset with recent tourism struggles will pay off: AccorHotels Invests in Turkey-Based Rixos Hotels

>>Just as entrepreneurs once sold pickaxes to prospectors in the California gold rush, TurnKey is one of many companies selling services to property owners in today’s vacation rental gold rush: Vacation Rental Company TurnKey Raises $21 Million

>>As with any report that covers Airbnb, whether it’s from Airbnb itself or from its eternal nemesis, the AH&LA, we have to take this data with multiple grains of salt: Airbnb’s Growth Is Being Driven by Commercial Operators, Report Says

>>This was quite a week for major hospitality executive shuffles: Niki Leondakis Jumps to Equinox, André Balazs Leaves Standard Hotels

Photo Credit: A midtown Manhattan property offered through Airbnb. A new research report says the majority of Airbnb's U.S. listings are for entire homes, and a growing number of those listings are being operated by hosts with multiple listings. Airbnb