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Week in Review

United plans on experimenting with a new boarding procedure, Business Traveller reports. The airline is testing out a two-line boarding system at ORD, LAX, and IAH.

On the M&A front, AccorHotels has announced yet another acquisition and has signed an agreement to purchase catering platform Adoria, Buying Business Travel writes. The same source reports that the hospitality company is also considering acquiring a stake in Air France KLM.

According to Travel Weekly, Marriott recently unveiled the latest rehab of its 81-year-old Sheraton brand. One-fourth of the Sheraton owners have committed $500 million to the renovations, which transform the lobbies and modernize the guestrooms.

India aims to ease language barriers for air traffic controllers, Skift reports. The country will begin testing a new software that deciphers accents and automatically transcribes what is being said.

Cabinet ministers have approved plans for Heathrow’s third runway, Buying Business Travel notes. In the next few weeks, Transport Secretary Chris Grayling will ask MPs to vote on the issue.

According to CNBC, Malaysia is scrapping its plans to build a high-speed railway to Singapore. The project, which would cost $17 billion, was expected to link Kuala Lumpur and Singapore by 2026.

Airline alliance Oneworld launched an airline partner platform that allows carriers to become members through sponsorship, Buying Business Travel writes.

Hyatt is expected to double its presence in Canada with the addition of 12 new properties by 2020, Business Traveller reports.

The 16th annual GBTA Legislative Summit took place this week in Washington, D.C., where over 100 GBTA members advocated for policies in favor of the business travel industry. Hear from our very own Shane Downey on the issues we took to Capitol Hill followed by interviews with several current and former members of Congress.

According to Skift, Airbnb has dropped 80 percent of its listings in Japan ahead of new regulations taking effect on June 15.

TravelDailyNews International reports the U.S. hotel industry is forecasted to continue on a record-breaking track.