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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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>>Accor has no plans to follow Marriott International’s lead with commission cuts for meetings, but then again Accor’s relatively weak presence in North America means it has to focus on drawing in clients instead of pushing them away: Accor Won’t Play Marriott’s Game With Meetings Commission Cuts

>>With official brand descriptions like these, it’s like Radisson was just begging for us to give them the Skift Take treatment — and we gladly obliged: Every One of Radisson’s 8 Hotel Brands, Explained

>>Can Greeley do for Airbnb Homes what he did with Amazon Prime? And if yes, is that, ultimately, a good thing? Is his appointment a sign that Airbnb is moving even further away from hospitality and gravitating that much closer to just being like any other massive online travel giant? Airbnb Hires Amazon Prime Leader to Head Its Homes Business

>>Asset light, something with history and heritage, fewer than 200 hotels … IHG CEO Keith Barr has quite a specific wish list. It doesn’t sound like we’ll have to wait too long until we find out the identity of the luxury hotel brand in question: InterContinental Hotels Is Closing In on a Luxury Acquisition

>>The more creative a meeting or event, the more impactful and memorable it is. Why don’t more organizations prioritize making the most of their events? Marriott Stands Alone in Its Move to Cut Meetings Commissions

>>It’s now easier and simpler to join Radisson Rewards and qualify for elite status, though it’s slightly harder to earn points for free rooms: Radisson Hotel Group Now Makes It Easier to Get Elite Loyalty Status

Photo Credit: Radisson Blu at Hamburg airport. We gave each of Radisson's eight brands the Skift Take treatment. Radisson