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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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>>The idea’s there, but why not take it a step further and personalize it that much more? New Hilton-Foursquare Mobile Concierge Is a Promising But Missed Opportunity
>>BridgeStreet is bringing homeshares and hostels to its platform in order to offer more variety to business travelers. The key will be finding success among travel managers by making it easier for them to book stays outside traditional extended stay hotels: BridgeStreet Adds Hostels and Vacation Rentals to Biz Travel Platform
>>Increased choice is vital for corporate travel as employees are more willing to experiment with homeshares, hostels, and other alternative accommodations. Companies that embrace variety now will be able to lead the way going forward: Extended Stay Gets Creative
>>As Soho House considers plans to go public, there’s a lot of competition on the horizon at every turn. This — not to mention the inevitable struggle to balance aggressive growth versus exclusivity, and a less-than-stellar customer experience — presents some problems on the horizon: When Exclusivity Feels Familiar, Soho House Looks to Another Club: Wall Street
>>After two blockbuster deals, change was to be expected. If travel agents end up getting more choice and better technology, they won’t have much to get upset about: Hotelbeds Consolidates Travel Agency Business Under One Brand
>>Craft cocktail culture is based on the same principles driving change in the luxury hospitality world today: consumers’ desires for best-quality ingredients, a curated sense of place, and staff conscious of (and connected to) the local scene: Innovative Hoteliers Tap Craft Cocktail Culture for Luxury Guests