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Hyatt's Apple Leisure Group acquisition gives it a major boost in its desired expansion into Europe. But it is also a shot across the bow to competitors like Marriott and Hilton as well as smaller brands. The battle is on to expand into the high-end leisure travel and all-inclusive resort sector.

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It didn’t take long for Hyatt to move ahead with a planned expansion into Europe. The Chicago-based hotel company announced Sunday night plans to buy Apple Leisure Group for $2.7 billion. The acquisition of the company behind resort brands like Dreams, Secrets, and Zoëtry e