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Skift Breaking News Blog

Short stories and posts about the daily news happenings around the travel industry.

Short-Term Rentals

Sonder to Expand in Dubai With 401-Unit Property

3 months ago

Sonder said it plans to expand in Dubai later this year with the opening of a 401-unit property, Business Bay.

Sonder’s Business Bay, Dubai, complete with front desk in the lobby. Source: Sonder

Unlike some Sonder properties where customer service is solely via text messages, this 35-story building, operated by Sonder and developed by SAAS Properties, has a front desk in the lobby, a swimming pool, gym, and food and beverage facility.

Business Bay, a serviced apartment, would be Sonder’s third location in Dubai, the company said.

Sonder is marketing the property as being appropriate for both business and leisure travelers. It is located in the vicinity of the Dubai Mall and Burj Khalifa.

Hotels

Marriott’s Vacation Rentals Unit Expands Down Under

3 months ago

Homes & Villas by Marriott International has just expanded into Australia and New Zealand, marking the vacation rental operation’s debut in the Asia Pacific region.

The move adds more than 350 upscale homes to its network. Destinations include Sydney, Melbourne, Perth, Brisbane, and Orange in Australia and Auckland and Queenstown in New Zealand.

Marriott has been on a big expansion push for Homes & Villas, with 30-fold growth since 2019 to more than 50,000 units.

Listen to Homes & Villas Vice President Jennifer Hsieh explain the company’s strategy via the Skift Podcast: How Hotels and Short-Term Rentals Fit Together.

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