Skift Take

The biggest hotel companies in the world are knocking on the doors of cool, independent brands for takeover talks. Not everyone is answering.

Series: Early Check-In

Early Check-In

Editor’s Note: Early Check-In, Making Sense of the Week in Hotel Deals & Development: First thing every Monday morning, hospitality reporter Cameron Sperance brings readers exclusive reporting and insights into hotel deals and development, and how those trends are making an impact across the travel industry. Start your week by being smarter.

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The global hotel giants want to acquire smaller companies that fill geographic or branding holes in their portfolio. Whether the independent brands collectively want to link up with Goliath is a different story. Hyatt plans to acquire Apple Leisure Group for $2.7 billion, a de