Rentals & Shares

Airbnb Beat Expedia in Booked Room Nights

Airbnb Beat Expedia in Booked Room Nights

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Does anyone remember when Travelocity was the leading U.S. online travel agency? We're thinking about that because a milestone may have taken place in the first quarter when Airbnb attracted more room nights booked than did Expedia. What it does clearly show is that the online travel pecking order is very much in flux.

10 hours ago

Short-Term Rentals: How Professionalized Should They Become?

Short-Term Rentals: How Professionalized Should They Become?

Wouter Geerts, Skift Research

The short-term rental ecosystem, from property managers and platforms to business-to-business vendors, is rapidly expanding. As this continues, there is a fine balance to be struck where the sector professionalizes — without commercializing beyond recognition.

1 week ago

Capturing the Short-Term Rental Ecosystem Beyond Airbnb: New Skift Research

Capturing the Short-Term Rental Ecosystem Beyond Airbnb: New Skift Research

Wouter Geerts, Skift Research

The short-term rental sector is rapidly expanding, and it is not just Airbnb, Vrbo, and Booking.com that benefit from this. A growing ecosystem of property managers and B2B vendors are professionalizing the sector, while making a decent penny.

2 weeks ago

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How Advanced Tech is Helping Hotels Humanize the Guest Experience

How Advanced Tech is Helping Hotels Humanize the Guest Experience

Salesforce + Skift

The use of technology in hospitality must go beyond improving consumer-facing products and digital experiences. Its true potential will be realized when hotel staff are empowered with the right insights at the right time so that they can transform guest experiences.

2 months ago

Hawaii Fears New Rental Law Will Crimp Lodging Supply

Hawaii Fears New Rental Law Will Crimp Lodging Supply

Associated Press

The 50th state is one place where vacation rentals are very welcomed.

2 weeks ago

Vacasa to Acquire Wyndham Vacation Rentals for $162 Million

Vacasa to Acquire Wyndham Vacation Rentals for $162 Million

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Vacasa will roughly double the inventory its team has to manage. That's a lot to chew on. The risk is falling prey to hubris.

3 weeks ago

Airbnb Offers Greater Price Transparency in Europe After Regulatory Threats

Airbnb Offers Greater Price Transparency in Europe After Regulatory Threats

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Once again — and this time it's the issue of pricing transparency in alternative lodging — European regulators are out in front of their counterparts in other parts of the world, including those in the United States. Travelers shouldn't have to be detectives in trying to figure out what their lodging tab will be.

1 month ago

Agoda Dubbed ‘Hotel California’ in Asia as Hotel Suppliers Say They Can Never Leave

Agoda Dubbed ‘Hotel California’ in Asia as Hotel Suppliers Say They Can Never Leave

Raini Hamdi, Skift

There appears to be a growing chorus of voices saying they are not able to completely delist themselves from Agoda, which begs the question why they want to do so in the first place.

1 month ago

Hawaii Vacation Rental Crackdown Starts With Honolulu Mayor

Hawaii Vacation Rental Crackdown Starts With Honolulu Mayor

The Associated Press

Short-term rentals are a hot button topic in Hawaii, and the Honolulu mayor just turned up the heat.

2 months ago

Vietnam’s Homesharing Surge Creates Bargains for Travelers

Vietnam’s Homesharing Surge Creates Bargains for Travelers

Raini Hamdi, Skift

The Vietnamese are known for their entrepreneurial spirit. A growth spurt in homesharing listings shows how eagerly they have sought a share of the tourism boom. But yields are falling even as the supply of homes and hotels are continuing to increase. Crunch time is near or perhaps even here.

2 months ago

Marriott Homesharing Strategy Is About Guest Loyalty, Not Profits

Marriott Homesharing Strategy Is About Guest Loyalty, Not Profits

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Some hotel chains, such as Marriott, feel they have no choice but to get into homesharing. Marriott is trying to turn it into a loyalty play to keep its customers engaged with the brand.

3 months ago

Airbnb Says Japan Listings Have Soared Back After Last Year’s Freeze

Airbnb Says Japan Listings Have Soared Back After Last Year’s Freeze

Pavel Alpeyev and Olivia Carville, Bloomberg

Airbnb invested $30 million to return the number of listings year-ago levels, before Japan implemented the Minpaku law. Good that it did this well before the 2020 Olympics. But there’s more competition now as hotel supply has increased. Even disruptive players such as Oyo Hotels and Homes are in the ring.

3 months ago