China’s Huazhu Group Is Spending $802 Million on a German Hotel Group

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The Steigenberger Frankfurter Hof hotel. Parent company Deutsche Hospitality is being bought by Huazhu. Steigenberger Hotels AG

Skift Take: Deutsche Hospitality isn’t a massive player on the European hospitality scene but it has some pretty ambitious plans, ones you would assume that Huazhu would now be able to help execute.

— Patrick Whyte

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Wyndham’s Southeast Asia Push and 13 Other Top Hospitality Stories This Week

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The Wyndham Grand Orlando Resort Bonnet Creek. Wyndham Hotels and Resorts is continuing to expand its brand overseas. Wyndham Hotel Group

Skift Take: This week in hospitality, Wyndham Hotels and Resorts has been seeing vast growth in its Southeast Asian market. Meanwhile, small short-term luxury rentals aim to separate themselves from the bigger names to stay in the game.

— Jasmine Ganaishlal

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British Airways Owner IAG Makes Offer for Spanish Airline Air Europa

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An Air Europa Boeing 737-800. IAG is buying the airline. Olivier CABARET / Flickr

Skift Take: It’s easier to understand IAG CEO Willie Walsh’s sanguine tone on last week’s earnings call given he clearly had this deal in the pipeline. If it goes through — and it’s still a big if given the competition concerns — it will ease the pain of Delta’s recent Latam deal.

— Patrick Whyte

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United Airlines, Explained

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United Airlines has been in operation for over nine decades and will fly to six continents at the end of 2019. Pictured is a United 737 taxiing at its Houston hub. United Airlines

Skift Take: United Airlines has been around a long time and has a huge globe-spanning presence. How did it get to where it is today? We try to wrap our heads around the company’s somewhat complicated history.

— Spencer Lee

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U.S. Airlines Revamp Credit Cards to Keep Pace With Competition

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Passengers wait in a security line in 2016 at Chicago O’Hare International Airport. Some credit cards make it easier for passengers to access priority security queues. Scott Olson / Getty Images

Skift Take: Customers once coveted airline credit cards for their rich rewards. But banks have created other travel-oriented cards that reward them even more. Working with the banks that issue their cards, airlines are improving their offerings so they stay relevant.

— Brian Sumers

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Toronto Pushback Shows Path Forward for Smart Cities Is Full of Compromises

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A render depicting Sidewalk Labs’ Quayside plan. https://medium.com/sidewalk-toronto/aging-and-thriving-in-place-2d7679066c80 / Sidewalk Labs

Skift Take: By pushing back against Sidewalk Labs, the city of Toronto has shown that the future of the smart city will be forged by compromise and collaboration with local authorities.

— Andrew Sheivachman

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