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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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>>There are literally only so many ways you can appeal to Millennials in hotel design, and copycats are inevitable. That’s why hospitality really can be a “me too” industry, as hotelier Ian Schrager so often laments: Red Lion Sues Hard Rock Hotels for Infringement in Race to Win Over Millennials

>>Maybe it really is better to keep clicking around if you’re hoping to save money (and you don’t want to be a member of a hotel loyalty program): New Research Suggests It Doesn’t Always Pay to Book Direct for a Hotel

>>Wyndham’s version of a great American idea? Buying AmericInn. (Sorry, we couldn’t help ourselves.): Wyndham Buys AmericInn Hotel Chain for $170 Million

>>The illness reports, consistent with symptoms of norovirus, come from one Chipotle location that has since reopened. Chipotle will likely be haunted by its past as long as it’s around: Chefs+Tech: Chipotle Haunted by News of Store Closure Due to Illness

>>Forty-eight hours isn’t too bad, but things might be tougher for everyone, corporate and leisure travelers alike, if the policy stretches to 72 hours down the line: Marriott and Hilton’s New Cancellation Policies Won’t Impact Corporate Travel as Much as You Think

Photo Credit: Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Sioux City, Iowa. Red Lion is suing Hard Rock Hotels for infringement. Ali Eminov / Flickr