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This week in hospitality, Hilton announced a partnership with Playa Hotels & Resorts to grow Hilton’s portfolio of all-inclusive resorts in the Caribbean and Latin America. Meanwhile, CitizenM discusses what constitutes real innovation.

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>>And it won’t be the only one. Expect Marriott and other global hotel brands to join Hyatt and Hilton in growing their respective all-inclusive resort portfolios, too: Hilton Commits to Growing Its Portfolio of All-Inclusive Resorts

>>For CitizenM, growth means looking at the hospitality industry in a different way: CitizenM Founders: ‘Our Industry Still Has a Lot of Growing to Do’

>>There’s a very careful consideration to be made here by hoteliers, and even if guests don’t use a particular amenity as much as they think they will, that doesn’t necessarily mean that a hotel should get rid of it: How Hotels Need to Balance the Amenities We Want Versus Those We Actually Use

>>Does the world really need yet another midscale select-service brand? According to Choice Hotels, yes, yes it does: Choice Hotels Debuts New Midscale Brand Clarion Pointe

>>Oyo’s surprise move represents a big threat to the likes of Whitbread-owned Premier Inn, which has been a dominant force in the UK scene over the past few years. We’ll have to wait for more details to see just how serious a player it might become: India’s Oyo Enters UK Hotel Market With First Expansion Outside Asia

>>It is said the future of luxury lies at the intersection of luxury and fashion, a nexus attractive to Chinese consumers who are still driven by brands and status in making purchase decisions: Luxury Fashion-Branded Hotels Aim to Exceed Chinese Expectations

>>Design-branded properties are well placed to the growing number of Chinese middle- and upper-class consumers, thanks to the intersection of luxury travel and fashion: How Designer Hotels Are Targeting Chinese Tourists

>>Voice search isn’t ubiquitous for travel yet, but as consumers grow more comfortable with the technology, travel brands should be making major inroads too: AccorHotels Expects Voice Search to Be Revolutionary for Travel

>>Can lightning strike twice for Airbnb when it comes to disrupting the travel industry and accommodations as we know it? Whether it does (or not), the company’s head of homes, Greg Greeley, will play a huge role in determining the company’s future and its ability to become that superbrand of travel: Skift Global Forum Preview: Airbnb’s Greg Greeley on Building a Travel Superbrand


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Photo credit: The rooftop pool at a Hilton in Mexico City. Hilton is growing its portfolio of all-inclusive resorts. Hilton

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