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This week in hospitality, takes a bold new step; Hyatt invests further in the lifestyle sector; and Agoda's CEO discusses instant booking, competitors, and its new Grab partnership.

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.

Booking to Charge Commission on Resort Fees in Major Shakeup for Hotel Revenue: Get ready for some commotion in Las Vegas and other destinations where hotel resort fees are common. Will impacted hotels abandon Will resort fees lose their appeal for hotels? Will Expedia follow Booking’s lead? The fun and gamesmanship are just starting.

Hyatt Launches New Lifestyle Brand Division to Meet Growing Demand: Hyatt is not the first and will not be the last hotel company to launch a new lifestyle brand or division. You can take that to the bank. The sector’s popularity is only matched by that of the homesharing market.

Skift Forum Asia: Agoda’s CEO Touts Homesharing for That Competitive Edge: The Singapore-based online travel agency is focused on expanding outside of Asia through the marketing of non-hotel accommodations on its site. This strategy could work well as homesharing continues to grow in popularity.

The Story Behind the Color Choices of Luxury Hotel Logos: When it comes to designing logos, luxury brands are generally risk-averse. That’s even the case in the hospitality industry, where brands are always trying to promote their singularity. The names may change, but the colors stay the same.

Cvent Hitches Up With Wedding Spot to Boost Venue Business: Cvent remains committed to bringing new products to its customers through acquisitions. By diving into the U.S. market for weddings, the event tech giant hopes to keep its platform relevant despite the friction it creates for hotels and planners alike.

Events Sector Searches for Future at IMEX Frankfurt: Industry trade shows often act as a celebration of a sector’s successes. A trip to IMEX Frankfurt, though, shows the meetings and events sector needs to embrace change instead of what has worked in the past.

Homesharing Will Take a Bigger Bite of Hotel Market Share: New Skift Research: As one of the largest travel sectors, accommodations will continue to grow as travel becomes an even more integral part of consumer lifestyles. Yet it remains to be seen if the disruption from alternative accommodations will fundamentally shake up the entire sector.


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Photo credit: Poolside at the Four Seasons Resort in Palm Beach, Florida. Booking plans to charge a commission on resort fees. Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts

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