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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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>>A feel-good story from a hotel brand that goes beyond the PR headlines? That’s a very good idea: Good Hotels Has a Better Approach to Building Community
>>Our guess is, pretty soon, this will be as standard as those in-room iHome docking stations for your iPods, only a whole lot more useful: Hyatt to Offer In-Room Streaming Entertainment Worldwide
>>AccorHotels is buying up and/or investing in a lot of other companies in its pursuit to become an entirely new breed of hotel company: Everything AccorHotels Has Acquired and Invested in Over the Past Year
>>Tune in to hear how hotel loyalty programs are changing — and what that means for the traveling public: Skift Podcast: What Hotels Are Doing to Win Your Loyalty
>>Does this mean short-term rental regulations are actually working? Or just that Airbnb’s business is maturing? Regulation Is Slowing Growth in Some of Airbnb’s Most Popular Markets
>>Vacation rental bookings are increasingly going online but there is still a dichotomy in models — instant confirmations versus a 24-hour fail-safe vetting period. Because of the fragmented nature of the vacation rental market, one-size-fits all doesn’t seem to be in the offing: HomeAway to Home Owners: It’s Online Booking or Nothing at All