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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>>Premier Inn’s proportion of direct bookings is pretty eye-opening, but the brand operates under a particular set of circumstances. If it decides to ramp up its international expansion, it will be interesting to see if it chooses to make more use of online travel agents: The Hotel Chain That Doesn’t Need Booking.com or Expedia
>>If travel really is all about the experiences, travel companies — with or without loyalty programs — better do all they can to make sure our experiences aren’t just good, but great: The Business of Loyalty: How Hotels Build Loyalty Beyond the Stay
>>Monte Carlo might be known for its traditional luxury offering, but a deeper look shows a hospitality group that’s keenly aware of its positioning, the changing market and how it must adapt to ensure a spot of the ultra-wealthy’s jet set itineraries: How Monte Carlo Embraces Change for a New Luxury Customer
>>Where online travel agencies make it easy for guests to book hotel rooms from their smartphones, hotels need to do a much better job if they want more direct bookings. And they need to make better apps while they’re at it: Guests Are More Satisfied at Hotels That Are Mobile Friendly