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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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>>We can only hope that a large portion of Steve Wynn’s $34 million compensation from last year will go to his multiple alleged victims: The Most Highly Compensated Hotel CEOs of 2017
>>Blackstone Group is selling its remaining stake in Hilton, ending one of the longest private equity plays in hospitality. What Private Equity Giant Blackstone Has Meant to Hilton
>>Is there anything out there AccorHotels won’t buy at this point? AccorHotels to Buy Chile’s Atton Hoteles
>>Although this looks like a smooth change at the top, we’ll have to keep an eye on whether the new CEO deviates from the path the company has set itself on in recent years: Hostelworld Raids Expedia for New CEO
>>Everyone wants to get in on the tours and activities market, but very few can or have succeeded in the space: Marriott Integrates Facebook Messenger Into Its Tours and Activities Offering
>>Travel isn’t as big a political player as some other industries, but major players wield significant influence over political candidates and the issues surrounding airports and hotels. More transparency is a good thing, particularly for shareholders who may fear a decline in stock value due to political positioning based on the whims of a company’s CEO: Shareholders Push Travel Companies to Disclose Political Giving as Mid-Terms Loom
>>Given that luxury is all about rarity, it’s no wonder that pop-ups of all sorts are creeping into the high-end arena. In the world of hospitality, basic pop-up accommodations have been springing up at festivals like Coachella for awhile. But more elaborate, ephemeral digs are only now starting to pop up in unexpected places around the world: Hotels Experiment With Pop-Ups to Attract New Audiences
>>Can the new CEO manage to grow the Langham and Cordis brands on a larger scale? That’s the bigger task that lies ahead for Leser: Langham Hospitality Group Names New CEO With Expansion on the Agenda
>>An experience that only has a temporary shelf life is more valuable to certain consumers – especially those with plenty of money to spend. We can expect to see more hospitality brands experimenting with pop-ups in the future: Luxury Hospitality Embraces Transience