Check out the great reads we put together for you this week!
OTAs and hotel chains are at it again, and this time Marriott's CEO Arne Sorenson plans to lower the commissions it pays to online travel agencies - starting with Expedia Group Inc. Read how Marriott plans to renegotiate with OTAs in the upcoming negotiations, which will be the first ones since the company's merger with Starwood Hotels in late 2016. Digital travel sales are expected to reach $198 billion USD in 2018. Thanks to MDG Advertising, we can easily see the top five trends to look out for this year in the eye-catching infographic they created highlighting the digital trends for hospitality marketing in 2018. From the importance of smartphones, desktops, and search engines to creating valuable visual content and loyalty programs, check out the second read's infographic to learn more about what hoteliers need to be aware of in 2018. In early 2018, Airbnb announced their plan to launch "Airbnb Plus," which provides users with homes that have been verified by the company through a 100-point checklist for home inspection and professional photography session. With such a bold plan to essentially commercialize Airbnb's strategy, Skift analyzes the new program's details and outlines the many risks that potentially could arise for the company, which you can find in the third read.