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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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>>Carlson Rezidor hasn’t taken advantage of its vast potential. This new name and strategy may help: Carlson Rezidor Is Rebranding Itself as Radisson Hotel Group

>>The smart guest room of the future is still in development. A strong return on investment for hotel owners who invest in updated technology, however, will help push these innovations into the mainstream: Smart Hotel Guest Rooms Are Almost Here

>>You know the saying, “The more things change, the more they stay the same?” When it comes to Airbnb’s new endeavors in the accommodations space, it is certainly being inventive, but the company is also borrowing heavily from what hotels have been doing for centuries: Airbnb Is Set to Launch a New Tier of Select Properties

>>What else could — or should — Wyndham buy this year? Or what new brands could it possibly add at this point? Wyndham Hotel Group Is Still in Deal-Making Mode

>>The direct booking wars are the true infinity war, at least in hospitality. In other words, don’t expect a truce anytime soon: Hilton CEO Believes Direct Booking Campaign Is Key to Improved Guest Experience

>>Sorry, Airbnb. Those who follow the vacation rental business closely had a hunch that the business would be gobbled up by private equity and they were right: Wyndham Sells Its European Vacation Rental Business to a Private Equity Firm for $1.3 Billion

>>It’s hard to predict where markets will go, but it seems Hyatt is selling these two properties at an opportune time. How much higher can hotel real estate prices go? Hyatt Is Pursuing Its ‘Asset-Lighter’ Strategy With Plan to Sell More Properties

>>If there’s anything for other businesses to learn about this snafu, it’s this: Don’t mess with China: Marriott CEO Details How the Company Messed Up in China

Photo Credit: An Airbnb unit in Morocco on September 1, 2017. Airbnb is launching a new tier of select properties. / Flickr