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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>>Given the industry’s increasing focus on sustainability, these hotel ideas could soon become a reality. That’s especially so for developers looking to build projects that are not only eco-friendly, but are increasingly design forward: Hotel Design of the Future Emphasizes Sustainability
>>Keith Barr has a clean slate to build off his tenure in China and implement new technology for IHG employees that will help shape and improve the guest experience. We’ll be watching to see if his vision of more seamless technology integration is realized this year: IHG CEO Sees Better Tech as Making Things Smoother Behind the Scenes
>>Short story: Hotels are just as fine as other businesses. It’s guns in the U.S. that are the problem: 8 Questions About Hotel Safety and Security Raised by the Las Vegas Shooting
>>Europe’s largest hotelier continues to pursue CEO Sébastien Bazin’s goal of diversification. Valued at about $117 million, Gekko Group will help AccorHotels grow its business-to-business services: AccorHotels Makes Acquisition to Deliver Other Hotel Brands to Travel Agencies
>>You may have missed out on this year’s Skift Global Forum, but you don’t have to miss out on one of the key parts of the conversation at the event and within the industry: Travel in an Age of Permanxiety: Download the New Magazine
>>We all understand why hotels are collecting more fees but the types of fees and surcharges they’re collecting seem to be changing in interesting ways. More stringent cancellation fees are a trend while totals for Internet-access fees declined: U.S. Hotel Fees Forecast to Reach $2.7 Billion in 2017 as Stricter Cancellation Policies Take Hold
>>While some of the deals done by AccorHotels have raised eyebrows, this one seems like a good strategic fit. The Orient Express brand is known the world over and will give AccorHotels a greater presence in the luxury space: AccorHotels Buys Into Orient Express to Remake an Iconic Brand
>>As much of the talk around Airbnb right now relates to a possible IPO, it’s odd to see a C-level exec depart at this stage in the company’s lifespan: Airbnb CMO Jonathan Mildenhall to Leave Company
>>While it’s fairly straightforward to quantify the value of a loyalty program in terms of “payback,” that doesn’t account for all the other special perks and experiences that travelers may value: Wyndham Rewards Loyalty Program Provides the Most Payback on Guest Spending