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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>>It’s one thing to know when you’re signing a lease that your apartment building will serve as a de facto Airbnb hotel. It’s another to be “blindsided” months later after you’ve already made it your home: Tenants of New Airbnb-Branded Complex in Florida Feel Blindsided
>>Red Lion has made good on its promise to buy up more brands you’ve likely never heard of (or in this case, remembered much): Red Lion Is Buying Knights Inn From Wyndham for $27 Million
>>RLHC CEO Greg Mount’s comments about loyalty programs might surprise his hotel peers. But when you really think about it, he might be on to something. And instead of focusing so much on building up their loyalty numbers, perhaps there are other ways hotel companies should be focusing on reaching consumers: Red Lion CEO on the Myth of Loyalty Programs Driving Lots of Business
>>Business-to-business platforms are largely invisible to the traveling public but they have a big role to play behind the scenes. Hotelbeds Group sees an opportunity to consolidate within the sector: Skift Forum Europe Preview: Hotelbeds CEO on Becoming No. 1 in Bedbanks Sector
>>If Airbnb is successful with Airbnb Plus, it will ensure that alternative accommodations are no longer seen as an alternative. But making it a success will be easier said than done: Airbnb Plus’ Risky Bet to Push Homesharing to a New Level
>>Elite members of Hilton’s Honors program will soon see some significant upgrades. Marriott and Starwood should take notice: Hilton’s Loyalty Upgrades Are Good News for Frequent Travelers
>>Now the question arises, who will buy the HNA stake and what does it all mean for Hilton? What Now for Hilton After HNA Sells Stake?