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These are the hospitality trends we were talking about this week.

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.

For all of our weekend roundups, go here.

>>With its latest public policy efforts, Airbnb is inching toward legitimacy by being more willing to share information with cities. But is this enough to appropriately address the real issues, and will cities be willing to meet them halfway? Airbnb Tries to Clear Away Political and Legal Challenges in New York and San Francisco

>>IHG CEO Richard Solomons isn’t interested in scale for scale’s sake: Video: IHG CEO Says ‘We’re Big Enough’

>>Multiple homeowners are a growing segment of the luxury travel market, so learning to speak and appeal directly to their unique desires is a necessity: The Ecosystems Around the Wealthy’s Third and Fourth Luxury Vacation Homes

>>Fresh off of its spinoffs and investment from its new major stakeholder, HNA, Hilton seems poised to take the asset-light hotel management model and run with it: Hilton CEO: ‘We Feel Pretty Good’ But There’s Still Room to Grow

>>China is the largest jackpot that many destinations including Australia are aggressively targeting but they should also ensure they have enough hotel rooms to keep up with demand: Australian Hoteliers Are Having a Hard Time Finding Space for a Record Number of Chinese Tourists

>>Hoteliers know that, regardless of where we are in the cycle, it pays to know how to manage your spending: Hotels Reap More Profits But Aren’t Yet Winning the Direct Booking Wars

>>It’ll be interesting to see Barr lead IHG into a new era and there’s no doubt his expertise in China will help the company grow even more in that region. Another key thing to note will be how he chooses to integrate Kimpton more into IHG’s portfolio: IHG CEO Richard Solomons to Step Down

>>Choice Hotels seems confident that its strategies to push more direct bookings, as well as grow in secondary and tertiary urban markets with upscale brands, is a formula for success: 4 Takeaways From Choice Hotels’ First Quarter 2017 Earnings

>>Signs of HNA’s influence are pretty apparent here. Not that it owns all of Carlson Hotels, will it attempt to buy the rest of the remaining shares of Rezidor that it doesn’t own? Carlson and Rezidor Shuffle CEOs


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Photo credit: InterContinental Hotels Group CEO Richard Solomons speaking with Skift's Rafat Ali (R) at Skift Forum Europe in London on April 4, 2017. Russell Harper / Skift

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