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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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>>It’s Marriott under fire now, but keep an eye on the broader hospitality and travel services industry in the U.S.: How Big a Problem Are the Growing Worker Strikes for Marriott?
>>Expect all the other major hotel brands to be revamping their reservations systems just like IHG has, and Marriott soon will, too: Video: Marriott’s New Reservations System Could Be Its Secret Weapon in Direct Booking Wars
>>New research from Cvent shows that group business is declining for U.S. hotels, and planners are booking room blocks closer to the date of their event than before. This is bad news for hotels, which rely on group bookings to boost business: Group Booking Pace Slows in Tight Market for Meetings
>>Every time you turn around these days, a major hotel company is announcing that it has hired a chief wellness officer. But will this wave of devotion to wellness be a phase or a long-lasting phenomenon? Look to the return on investment for that answer: Measuring the Value of Wellness to a Hotel Brand
>>Modern luxury doesn’t necessarily need overly formal staff and a stuffy atmosphere. It can be “consistently inconsistent,” and yet still be totally unforgettable: How Nihi Hotels Adds a Wild Side to Luxury Travel
>>In initial public offering land, it’s a long time until 2019. The markets are turbulent at the moment and there are big regulatory headaches that stubbornly persist, but investors are salivating at the prospect of dropping some money into Uber and/or Airbnb. These IPO plans could be very impactful: Uber, Airbnb and Lyft Are Setting Up 2019 as a Landmark Year in Travel IPOs
>>The regulatory environment for Airbnb is becoming increasingly more restrictive, but completely wiping out Airbnb as an alternative for travel accommodations via regulation won’t necessarily be beneficial from an economic standpoint: New Skift Research Weighs Regulations on Airbnb Versus Overall Economic Benefits
>>The first step to making things right is to admit things are wrong, followed by figuring out how to make things right again. At this point, we’re not sure we know how AccorHotels wants to fix its problems with Onefinestay and John Paul, but at least it admits something is wrong: AccorHotels Is Still Struggling to Make Onefinestay and John Paul Profitable