Rentals & Shares

Google’s Critics Dismiss Move Posting Competitors’ Travel Links as Window Dressing

Google’s Critics Dismiss Move Posting Competitors’ Travel Links as Window Dressing

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Google is bending somewhat to intense regulatory pressure in Europe. But its answers in travel to date amount aren't very meaningful.

3 days ago

Is Airbnb’s Stock Market Debut in 2020 Still On Track?

Is Airbnb’s Stock Market Debut in 2020 Still On Track?

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Sporting some red ink in its financial results doesn't spell doom and gloom for Airbnb's prospects of going public in 2020. On the other hand, the question for employees and investors becomes — at what valuation?

6 days ago

Short-Term Rentals a Key Factor in Sluggish Hotel Rate Growth

Short-Term Rentals a Key Factor in Sluggish Hotel Rate Growth

Dennis Schaal , Skift

U.S. hoteliers are finding their pricing options constrained because of an influx of both short-term rental supply during peak periods, and because of hotel construction. Hoteliers may decide to get into the short-term rental market or not, but they increasingly have to take it into account when fine-tuning pricing strategies.

2 weeks ago

Prague Aims to Restrict Airbnb to Curb Overtourism

Prague Aims to Restrict Airbnb to Curb Overtourism

Robert Tait, The Guardian

The Czech capital's mayor joins the uphill battle of other European cities to limit short-term rentals. There is an urgent need to repair the fabric of local life damaged by the negative impact of runaway tourism.

2 weeks ago

Sonder Adds Former Starwood Hotels CEO to Board

Sonder Adds Former Starwood Hotels CEO to Board

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Adding someone as experienced as Frits van Paasschen to its board is a sure sign that Sonder is serious about making a big leap forward in 2020.

3 weeks ago

Google Vacation Rental Partners Diverge on Whether to Name Guests in Reviews

Google Vacation Rental Partners Diverge on Whether to Name Guests in Reviews

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Booking sites' guests reviews on Google have been a highly charged issue for years. The latest is that Airbnb and TripAdvisor are willingly giving Google their guest reviews of vacation rentals, but they are busy figuring out how not to give away the store in the process.

1 month ago

Airbnb Goes Hollywood to Amp Up Party House Crackdown

Airbnb Goes Hollywood to Amp Up Party House Crackdown

Danielle Hyams, Skift

Airbnb chose Tinseltown to audaciously begin cracking down on party houses. Good PR. Expect to see more adjustments in Airbnb policy as it moves forward with an emphasis on community safety and standards.

1 month ago

The Most Important Story in Hotels in 2019

The Most Important Story in Hotels in 2019

Nancy Trejos, Skift

The tug-of-war between hotels and short-term rentals intensified in 2019, with both sides making strategic moves to display their strength. There were wins and losses for everyone, and the result so far has been a deeper blurring of the lines between the two sectors.

2 months ago

Airbnb Will Roll Out Policy That Aims to Protect Hosts From Scheming Guests

Airbnb Will Roll Out Policy That Aims to Protect Hosts From Scheming Guests

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Many Airbnb hosts of the mom-and-pop variety — yes, there are a few left — feel aggrieved when they welcome guests into their homes and have to bear the consequences of hostile reviews penned with the worst intentions. Airbnb is trying to tip the balance back toward hosts — and is probably making neither party totally happy.

2 months ago

5 Smart Insights for the Short-Term Rental Industry

5 Smart Insights for the Short-Term Rental Industry

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The short-term rental market is a long-term growth sector. Yet its dynamics are being upended as professional management becomes popular and online travel companies seek smarter ways to sell the lodging. Here are several takeaways from Skift's first event to focus on the sector's opportunities.

2 months ago

What’ll It Take to Survive in Short-Term Rentals: Former Top Airbnb Exec

What’ll It Take to Survive in Short-Term Rentals: Former Top Airbnb Exec

Brian Sumers, Skift

People may see short-term rentals as a good get-rich-quick scheme. But according to former Airbnb CFO Laurence Tosi, it's not a simple business. The most successful companies in the space, he said, are also the most sophisticated.

2 months ago

Airbnb Cracks Down on Parties and Nuisance Behavior

Airbnb Cracks Down on Parties and Nuisance Behavior

Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press

Airbnb has been on the back foot since a tragic shooting in California in November. It finds itself coming under pressure increasingly from the public and lawmakers to make sure it is doing all it can to get a handle on guest behavior.

2 months ago