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There's no doubt Airbnb is shaking up hospitality in a way that might make hotels nervous. But the homesharing company also has a lot to learn from — and teach — the hotel industry.

For a long time, hotel executives didn’t talk much about Airbnb. But as the homesharing platform has grown in popularity, the entire hospitality industry has been forced to pay attention. At the Skift Global Forum recently, leaders from Airbnb and boutique hotel companies talked about the disruption.

In this episode of the Skift podcast, we’re bringing you two conversations on the subject that we had backstage in the Skift Take Studio. The first is with Amar Lalvani, managing partner of Standard Hotels parent company Standard International, and Liz Lambert, chief creative officer at Bunkhouse Group. Last year, Standard International purchased a majority stake in Bunkhouse. They spoke with Skift contributing writer Jeremy Kressman.

Our second conversation is with Airbnb’s Global Head of Hospitality and Strategy, Chip Conley, who has a background in boutique hotels. He spoke to editor and podcast host Hannah Sampson.

Skift editor Deanna Ting joins Sampson during the episode to add some context to the conversations.


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This is one of several conversations we’re bringing you from backstage at the Skift Global Forum. The Skift Take Studio Series is presented by Mastercard, a payments technology company that is enabling loyalty, security and data solutions for the global travel industry.

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