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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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>>Does yet another big funding round signal that the vacation rental property market is over-heated? Nah. It’s reasonable given the huge size of the opportunity and how much investment will be needed to digitize and automate the sector: TurnKey Raises $31 Million as Vacation Home Rental Management Stays Hot

>>The beauty of Ennismore’s flagship brand, Hoxton Hotels, is how it distills what the original boutique hotel pioneers did, but makes it relevant to today’s audiences on a more equitable, democratic scale. CEO Sharan Pasricha’s approach to hospitality — an outsider’s perspective, if you will — is equally refreshing: A Boutique Hotelier’s Perspective on Co-Working and the Future of Hospitality

>>The battle for online travel dominance began long ago, but now it’s really getting serious. Count this as Airbnb’s official opening shot toward Booking and Expedia: Airbnb Makes Its Battle Against Booking and Expedia Official With New Hotel Campaign

>>Well, that didn’t take very long. Will this luxury brand with a past be a good fit for IHG? Or is it too little, too late, to give Regent the comeback it deserves? InterContinental Hotels Is Buying a 51 Percent Stake in Regent Hotels for $39 Million

Photo Credit: One of Airbnb's Collections. Airbnb is making moves toward attracting hotels and bed-and-breakfasts onto its platform. Airbnb