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This week in hospitality, Google is working with Hyatt among others on a translation device for front desks, and luxury car companies are partnering with high-end hotels. And don't miss our upcoming Skift Call on Jan. 16 about what's really going on with financial pessimism in 2019.

Hotel News Weekly Roundup

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 hotels.

For all of our weekend roundups, go here.

>>Google’s voice-powered assistant now lets you check in for United flights. Nice. The tech giant is also working with Hyatt and other hotels on testing a translation device at front desks. The early word is that the translations need to improve: Google Starts Piloting Voice Products for Airlines and Hotels

>>This is the year of luxury brand collaborations. Two sectors that are coming together in a particularly big way are hospitality and automotive. We look at what’s driving the motor trend: Car Companies Team With Luxury Hotels to Drive High-End Road Trips

>>Luxury brands across different sectors are increasingly looking to collaborate. It makes total sense for companies like Aston Martin and Mercedes-Benz to align themselves with equivalents in the hospitality industry: Car Companies Partner With Hotels for High-End Road Trips

>>You’re hearing a lot of doomsday forecasts for 2019. Global recession. Stock market rout. Runaway inflation. We’re here to give you the flip side for how travel this year could be just fine. Listen to our experts on Wednesday, January 16 at 1 p.m. EST on a Skift Call. Please join us for this all-important discussion: Skift Call Jan. 16: Why Travel Needs to Shake Off the Gloom in 2019

>>Data from Marriott suggest that its 2018 breach wasn’t as massive as originally feared — but the hack still affected over 300 million records: Marriott Shares New Details About Hacked Starwood Accounts


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Photo credit: The Hyatt City of Dreams Manila lobby. Google is working with Hyatt and other hotels on a translation device for front desks. David Mitchener / Hyatt

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