This week in hospitality, Airbnb is one step closer to a real timeline for an initial public offering. Marriott is growing in its own way, testing out new sectors of the travel industry.
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>>Just as important as what was discussed on stage was what wasn’t: an update on Airbnb Plus, the upcoming luxury brand, the new superguest loyalty program, the near-merger with Tujia, and more. Oh, and whatever happened to that stakeholder report Chesky promised to release in March? Airbnb CEO Says Company Will Ready for IPO in 2019
>>Marriott is already dabbling in tours and activities, homesharing, and cruising and soon, potentially, all-inclusive resorts. So, what’s next? Aviation? Marriott’s Plans for Homesharing, Malls, and All-Inclusive Resorts
>>We don’t see it, but there is a complicated ecosystem to secretly assess and uphold standards at the world’s best hotels. And some of the details reveal a lot about how important the human factor and emotional intelligence are to the future of luxury hospitality: Meet the Stealth Inspectors Who Ensure Luxe Stays in Luxury Hotels
>>In a somewhat bizarre twist, even hotel chains are beginning to provide travel management tools to small businesses. This further underscores how much some growing businesses don’t really want to deal with a travel management company at all: Hyatt Enters Business Travel Management Battleground
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