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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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>>This makes a ton of sense for World of Hyatt, but again will scale prove to be a challenge for Hyatt and for Exhale? Hyatt Adds Its Spa Business Exhale to Loyalty Program
>>If it ends up being successful, and we don’t see any red flags why it wouldn’t be, Equinox will have a value proposition not many travel brands can touch: an exclusive place to work out, sleep, and explore the world: Equinox Will Launch Luxury Tours in 2019 as New Hotels Open
>>Despite everyone’s happy talk, this deal smells like Hyatt was disenchanted by Oasis’ performance and eager to unload its investment stake. That aside, the deal boosts Vacasa in an area where it has been underserved to date: Vacasa Snaps Up Hyatt-Backed Luxury Rental Brand Oasis
>>Hotel groups may be tempted to dismiss Oyo as a company focused on budget travelers. But Oyo is growing faster than you can say “Softbank,” the name of its most important funder. Procrastinating foreign brands risk playing a game of catch-up: Oyo’s $1 Billion Fundraising Raises Strategy Questions for Hotel Chains
>>Leading Hotels of the World’s $175 annual fee to join its loyalty program may be off-putting to some frugal frequent travelers. But the Leaders Club, ostensibly, is not for the frugal frequent traveler: Leading Hotels of the World Relaunches Its Pay-to-Play Loyalty Program