Hours after the release of last week’s column on the end of the room block, I received an e-mail from an industry friend and colleague who wondered whether I was trying to put her out of business. Ah, the life of a crusading columnist. I assured her that I wasn’t. But as we discussed the question, it gradually became clear that the room block itself is just the leading edge of what might be lost to the rampant commoditization sweeping the hospitality side of the industry. ...

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