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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>>Will Accor-Banyan Tree be the model for Asian hotel groups to grow globally without losing their independence and brand value? The devil may be in the execution: Accor and Banyan Tree Hotel Partnership Could Be a Very Tricky Maneuver

>>It seems like everyone in hospitality (and travel in general) is looking at the tours and activities space these days: Marriott Expands Reach Into Tours and Activities With Its Latest Investment

>>It will be interesting to see if Marriott can really turn around Sheraton as it has before with other brands: 6 Takeaways From Marriott Investor Day

>>But the bigger question remains: Can it successfully compete with the reigning “Airbnb of China,” Tujia? Airbnb Rebrands in China to Better Compete With Local Rivals

>>If there were ever someone who truly influenced and mentored an entire generation of hotel leaders, Bill Kimpton would be at the very top of that list: What It Was Like to Work with Boutique Hotel Pioneer Bill Kimpton

 

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