Rentals & Shares

Airbnb Isn’t Going Anywhere. So Why Aren’t Cities Regulating It More?

Airbnb Isn’t Going Anywhere. So Why Aren’t Cities Regulating It More?

Isaac Carey, Skift

Cities are still trying to figure out how to tax and regulate this disruptive service 11 years after it was created — but so far most still aren’t doing a good job.

6 days ago

Airbnb Hires Aviation Industry Veteran to Lead New Transportation Division

Airbnb Hires Aviation Industry Veteran to Lead New Transportation Division

Deanna Ting, Skift

Did Airbnb just hire the Chip Conley of aviation?

2 weeks ago

Caesars Debuts Non-Gaming Hotel Brand and 6 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

Caesars Debuts Non-Gaming Hotel Brand and 6 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

Isaac Carey, Skift

This week in hospitality, Caesars responds to changing consumer demand, a report finds that direct booking keeps customers in loyalty programs, and a "glamping" startup raises $115 million.

2 weeks 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.

2 months ago

Travel Megatrends 2019: Everything Is Converging in Hospitality

Travel Megatrends 2019: Everything Is Converging in Hospitality

Deanna Ting, Skift

This is the year the hospitality industry starts seeing itself the same way its guests do.

2 weeks ago

Airstream Partner Raises $115 Million for Luxury Trailer Hotels

Airstream Partner Raises $115 Million for Luxury Trailer Hotels

Patrick Clark, Bloomberg

The company is capitalizing on the renewed popularity of the iconic American camper, but tweaking it for people who don't really want to camp.

3 weeks ago

Occupancy Taxes on Short-Term Rentals Impact Who Gets to Vacation

Occupancy Taxes on Short-Term Rentals Impact Who Gets to Vacation

Stephen L. Carter, Bloomberg

The author fantasizes that one way to level the playing field between hotels and short-term rentals would be to ban occupancy taxes outright. Well, we all know that's not going to happen.

4 weeks ago

Airbnb Talked to HotelTonight About an Acquisition But Would It Make Sense?

Airbnb Talked to HotelTonight About an Acquisition But Would It Make Sense?

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Is Airbnb flailing at a way to build an expansion narrative ahead of an initial public offering? Buying HotelTonight would save some time and effort in making inroads with boutique hotels, but does Airbnb really need HotelTonight to do that? In travel, everyone is always talking to everyone so we're unsure how serious these informal talks ever were.

1 month ago

Airbnb Claims It Was Profitable in 2018

Airbnb Claims It Was Profitable in 2018

Krista Gmelich, Bloomberg

This would mark the second straight year Airbnb made it into the black but, again, we'll have to take the company's word for it. The company's long-awaited IPO will shed some light on its finances.

1 month ago

Airbnb Wins Preliminary Ruling Blocking New York City Demand for Host Data

Airbnb Wins Preliminary Ruling Blocking New York City Demand for Host Data

Bob Van Voris, Bloomberg

Airbnb has argued that this law violates its hosts' privacy, and yet, it has agreements in cities that include San Francisco, New Orleans, and Chicago whereby the company supplies host information directly to local governments. So when is this data sharing considered a violation of privacy?

2 months ago

Airbnb’s Grand Travel Ambitions Could Be Taking a Detour

Airbnb’s Grand Travel Ambitions Could Be Taking a Detour

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Airbnb could be in the initial stages of getting into property management. While such an initiative has its risks in terms of criticism from current property management partners, it seems like a much smarter strategy than expanding into very complex and difficult areas such as flights.

2 months ago

Airbnb’s Deal for French Firm Could Signal Entry Into Property Management

Airbnb’s Deal for French Firm Could Signal Entry Into Property Management

Deanna Ting, Skift

To be honest, this acquisition is a bit puzzling, and has us wondering: Why buy when you can partner instead? But perhaps Airbnb is onto something.

2 months ago