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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’s a smaller and perhaps more rewarding world facing frequent flyers in 2018. To reap the rewards, though, elite travelers will have to pay up: Travel Loyalty Programs May Become Smaller With More Perks in 2018

>>More conservative folks might talk about being “cautiously optimistic,” but positivity is the prevailing sentiment this year in the hospitality industry: The U.S. Hotel Industry Is Optimistic About the Future But What Comes Next?

>>The answers vary but there’s at least one overriding shared sentiment. Even if times are good, there’s always room for improvement in any industry: Issues the Hospitality Industry Will Ignore at Its Own Peril

>>It looks like what happened to travel agents 20 years ago is about to happen to meetings and events planners: Making Sense of Marriott’s Commission Cut for Meetings

>>More hotels are following Soho House’s lead and integrating members-only clubs into their business models. Whether this is enough to help a boutique brand like Publica Isrotel is something we’ll have to wait and see, but perhaps joining Marriott’s Autograph Collection can help: Marriott Teams up with Isrotel for a New Lifestyle Brand

>>In Airbnb’s battle of Silicon Valley versus Wall Street, it appears that Silicon Valley has won this fight — for now: Airbnb CFO Out in Management Shakeup, No IPO Planned for 2018

>>To avoid the sugar high and then the inevitable crash when launching a new property, brands need to adopt a mindset of reciprocity and be a participant, and not a drain on the artistic ecosystem of a city: Breaking Away From the Boutique Hotel Hype Formula

Photo Credit: Airbnb headquarters in San Francisco. The company's CFO is leaving with big implications for management. Steve Jurvetson / Flickr