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The Future of Short-Term Rentals, as Seen by Industry Executives

From mid-term rentals to the regulatory environment and artificial intelligence, executives speaking at the recent Skift Short-Term Rental Summit in New York addressed a myriad of topics pertaining to the rapidly booming sector.

Several of them offered predictions about the future of the sector, and following are some of the most noteworthy ones.

Matt Curtis, founder of Smart City Policy Group, and Daniel J. Rickenmann, mayor of Columbia, South Carolina


Matt Curtis, Smart City Policy Group founder

Curtis spoke about navigating the regulatory environment.

“I have a feeling the short-term rental regulatory discussion will always be with us. I think it will level and we’ll be talking about tweaking it a little bit this way and that. And I think the really smart thing we’re going to see … is how we’re having a real discussion to make effective housing policy to create the housing our community (is) calling for.”


Alex Chatzieleftheriou, Blueground co-founder and CEO

Chatzieleftheriou discussed the growth of the mid-term rental market.

“It’s going to grow multiples faster than short-term or long-term over the next five to 10 years. There’s just too many reasons, on both sides, that capital and tenants are going to want to meet in the middle, because there’s more money to be made,” Hurst said.

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Jeff Hurst, Furnished Finder president and CEO

Hurst discussed the demographics of the mid-term rental market.

“For people who are going to go live two months in Austin by their grandchildren or three months here by the summer in a way that’s not really a short-term rental but is going to be a part of a growing category that feels more like living somewhere than vacationing somewhere.”

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Brian Egan, Evolve co-founder and CEO

Egan believes artificial intelligence will play a critical role in the future of the industry.

“Everything that’s software-led in your business is going to be something that AI touches, or it should be — it will be for us. (AI) will disproportionately advantage scale players in the space and we fully plan to take advantage of it.”

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Jamie Lane, AirDNA SVP analytics and chief economist

Lane believes that short-term rental listings aren’t growing as quickly as they have been in the past due to high interest rates.

“This is actually a good sign (for current operators),” he continued. “Because we see demand growth growing, and at some point those lines will converge. And convergence means occupancy growth.”

Jay Carney, Global Head of Policy and Communications


Jay Carney, Airbnb‘s global head of policy and communications

Carney delved into what steps he wants New York City officials to take.

“We hope that over time … city officials will look at this again and redo the regulation in a way that actually addresses … legitimate concerns around the business, but also allows Airbnbs. We take the long view that the folks will want to come back and have conversations about the right way to do it, having now experienced the wrong way to do it.”

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