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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>>Count Stephen P. Joyce as yet another hotel CEO determined to make travel and tourism a priority for the Trump Administration: Choice Hotels CEO to Trump: Travel Rhetoric Is ‘Offensive’ and ‘Incongruent’
>>Big brand names still matter, but as consumers become more sophisticated labels are not the only marker of success: Chinese Outbound Luxury Travelers Look to Smaller Hotel Chains
>>Best Western Is Testing Voice-Activated Rooms: Like Marriott and other hotel companies, Best Western is figuring out if there’s a home for Amazon’s Alexa in the hotel guest room.
>>Hotel CEOs realize that if tourism to the U.S. drops, it could have a significant adverse impact not only on their own businesses but the industry, and the economy, as a whole: Hotel CEOs Push Back Against Trump on Travel Ban, Brand USA and Cuba
>>Yet again, Wyndham Rewards isn’t missing out on any chance to capitalize on the opportunities opening up in the pending integration of SPG with Marriott Rewards: Wyndham Partners With Caesars on Loyalty Programs
>>Like everyone else in hospitality, Wyndham finally has its own soft brand collection to boot: Wyndham Launches a New Independent Lifestyle Brand: Trademark Hotel Collection