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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>>Time to play another game of “Is it a boutique hotel or a condom brand?” We won’t go that far here, but we wonder if IHG will be willing to inject a bit more personality and more of a story into its newest brand: Avid Hotels Is the Name IHG Gave to Its New Midscale Brand After a 3-Month Wait
>>We’re pulling for Blue Bottle to maintain its indie cred even though it now has serious corporate backing: Chefs+Tech: Does Corporate Investment Kill Indie Brands?
>>We’ve heard many of these talking points before by hotel brands seeking to do exactly this. Consumers will respond if the product is good, not if it’s “young” and “local”: Montage Resorts’ New Luxury Brand Goes Urban and Local
>>Nice to have, but we wonder if Airbnb can do more with Resy than just restaurant bookings. Hint: We certainly think it can: Airbnb Adds Restaurant Reservations Thanks to Partner Resy
>>The Resy + Airbnb partnership signals the continued confluence of travel and restaurants. If executed well, it will be big business for restaurants on Resy’s platform. Airbnb just announced a partnership with Resy: Chefs+Tech: Resy Partners With Airbnb to Offer Restaurant Reservations to Travelers
>>Can Resy do more than just restaurant bookings for Airbnb? Our answer is a resounding yes: This Is What Airbnb Should Do With Resy
>>Five years in, Skift is ready to take on a new challenge. But we aren’t about to do this on an empty stomach: Introducing Skift Table: The Business of Restaurants