Rentals & Shares

Airbnb Leads New $160 Million Funding for Short-Term Rental Brand Lyric

Airbnb Leads New $160 Million Funding for Short-Term Rental Brand Lyric

Deanna Ting, Skift

Can you be both a marketplace and a supplier at the same time? Airbnb certainly seems interested in testing that theory out.

4 days ago

Skift Forum Asia: Why Oyo’s Founder Calls Himself the Chief Clarity Officer

Skift Forum Asia: Why Oyo’s Founder Calls Himself the Chief Clarity Officer

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Who has ever built a portfolio of half a million rooms in six years? Oyo, that’s who. And founder and CEO Ritesh Agarwal, who will be speaking at the first Skift Forum Asia on May 27, says his journey has just begun.

4 days ago

China’s Skyrocketing Homesharing Still Needs Greater Variety on Listings

China’s Skyrocketing Homesharing Still Needs Greater Variety on Listings

Ritesh Gupta, China Travel News

Domestic and foreign travelers are going beyond tier 1 and tier 2 Chinese cities, and homesharing players go where they go. Fortunately there isn’t a lack of homes to list. A problem that’s creeping up is a lack of differentiation among players.

6 days ago

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How Airbnb Is Building a Vacation Rental Platform for the Future

How Airbnb Is Building a Vacation Rental Platform for the Future

Airbnb + Skift

Once a cottage industry operated by entrepreneurial property owners, today’s billion dollar vacation rental market is undergoing massive growth, driven by digital platforms that are evolving in tandem with its users' needs.

4 months ago

GuestReady Acquires BnbLord in European Vacation Rental Rollup

GuestReady Acquires BnbLord in European Vacation Rental Rollup

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Vacasa, Evolve, and other startups have stormed the U.S. vacation rental market by offering tech-savvy property management services. The business model is now about to sweep Europe, too.

1 week ago

Airbnb Reverses Decision to Boycott West Bank

Airbnb Reverses Decision to Boycott West Bank

Olivia Carville, Bloomberg

Airbnb finds the middle ground with the issue of disputed territories including the West Bank, South Ossetia, and Abkhazia by allowing listings in these areas but take no money. Profits will be donated to charitable organizations. Wise.

2 weeks ago

These Are the Most Lucrative Vacation Rental Markets in the U.S.

These Are the Most Lucrative Vacation Rental Markets in the U.S.

Shelly Hagan and Wei Lu, Bloomberg

Airbnb, VRBO, and HomeAway hosts, take note.

2 weeks ago

Airbnb Will Invest Up to $200 Million in India’s Budget Hotel Chain Oyo

Airbnb Will Invest Up to $200 Million in India’s Budget Hotel Chain Oyo

Raini Hamdi, Skift

So it's finally confirmed. Airbnb is investing up to $200 million in India's budget hotel chain Oyo, a deal that India Oyo observers say has big upsides for both companies.

3 weeks ago

Airbnb Says It Has Hosted More Than Half a Billion Travelers Since Its Launch

Airbnb Says It Has Hosted More Than Half a Billion Travelers Since Its Launch

Deanna Ting, Skift

Context is everything, and it’s hard to have that when the company reporting a bunch of facts and figures makes it hard to have comparisons to past data. We can’t wait to see that S-1 filing, eventually.

4 weeks ago

Airbnb’s Potential Investment in Oyo, Explained

Airbnb’s Potential Investment in Oyo, Explained

Deanna Ting and Sean O'Neill, Skift

This year is shaping up to be the year when Airbnb gets all of its ducks in a row before the big IPO. Investing in adjacent businesses like Oyo is a major part of that strategy. But will any of this ultimately matter — or make a difference — once the company goes public?

4 weeks ago

U.S. Travelers Are Taking Experience to a Different Level: New Skift Research

U.S. Travelers Are Taking Experience to a Different Level: New Skift Research

Meghan Carty, Skift Research

In its third year, Skift Research’s U.S. Experiential Traveler Survey shows us how the modern American traveler has changed and remained constant, revealing important information for travel industry insiders looking to appeal to this market.

1 month ago

A Closer Look at Sonder’s Tech-Focused Bet on Next-Gen Rentals

A Closer Look at Sonder’s Tech-Focused Bet on Next-Gen Rentals

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Hotel-style accommodations brand Sonder has hit on a plausible business that uses technology to wring out inefficiencies from key processes. But several questions still hover around its model, as investment money gushes into the segment.

1 month ago