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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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>>RedAwning’s acquisition of Leavetown suggests that marketing and distribution technology built separately for rentals and hotels may one day blend into all-purpose software for all types of lodging: Vacation Rental Network RedAwning Buys Leavetown to Enroll Multi-Unit Properties

>>Minor Hotels CEO Dillip Rajakarier talks a pretty big game, and he doesn’t hold back on what’s on his mind about where his company stands in global hospitality: Minor Hotels CEO: Why Hyatt’s Interest Was an Embarrassment

>>The union of Marriott and Starwood’s loyalty programs could have gone far worse based on mergers past. But it also could have gone better: Early Stumbles for Marriott and Starwood Loyalty Merger

>>In this Instagram era, a hotel art collection can be framed as an insta-marketing tool. We talked with several art curators about how luxury hotels can use art as a platform for branding and creating local buzz: High-End Hotels Can Use Art for the Bottom Line’s Sake

>>Collecting eye-catching pieces of artwork is one way to set yourself apart from the competition: Hotel Art Becomes Integral to the Guest Experience

Photo Credit: Vacation rental network RedAwning acquired Leavetown Vacations, which helps property owners market their multi-unit rentals. RedAwning