Rentals & Shares

Wyndham Expands Loyalty Program to Its Vacation Rentals and Timeshares

This is a much smarter, more thought-out move on Wyndham Rewards' part, compared to its failed attempt to woo away Starwood Preferred Guest members a few weeks ago. Drawing on its parent company's strong portfolio of vacation rentals and timeshares gives Wyndham Rewards an edge in attracting travelers who desire a wider variety of accommodations when they travel.

14 hours ago

Following Airbnb’s Lawsuit, New York’s New Short-Term Rental Law Is Put on Hold

Yet another legal battle between Airbnb and the City of New York begins. What is ultimately decided in this case could have larger implications for short-term rental regulations across the U.S.

1 day ago

Airbnb Vs. New York City: The Complete Battle Up to Now

Airbnb and New York City have long had a contentious relationship with one another, and it's only going to become even more litigious, now that the short-term rental company is suing the city, its mayor, and the state attorney general. 2017 is going to be interesting for the sharing giant.

2 days ago

Airbnb Will Try to Sue Its Way Out of New York Law’s Restrictions

New York legislators wrote this law with Airbnb's legal response in mind. We think arguing on these grounds will prove difficult for the company.

4 days ago

Airbnb Loses New York Battle as Governor Signs New Law Aimed at Hosts

Airbnb would like to focus on expanding its product into more aspects of travel, but it's going to keep its lobbyists and lawyers very happy the rest of this year and into the next.

5 days ago

New Acquisitions by Tujia, Airbnb’s China Rival, Hint at Its Larger Ambitions

If we were Airbnb, we'd be paying very close attention to this latest news.

5 days ago

Airbnb Says Its Users Spend Billions on Local Restaurants

Airbnb does an excellent job getting people into neighborhoods that otherwise are closed to outsiders. Whether or not that adds up to $4.5 billion is up for debate, but it is a significant impact.

6 days ago

Airbnb Wants to Strike a Deal With Politicians in New York and San Francisco

Airbnb is finally trying to meet lawmakers and housing advocates in the middle, but it's unclear if it's willing to provide cities enough access to its data to know if the proposed guidelines will be met.

1 week ago

Vacation Rental Owners Turn to Noise-Monitoring in Instant Booking Era

Vacation rental owners and property managers are using technology solutions to mitigate their risks in an era when they face the prospect of getting pushed into irrelevancy by the large distribution platforms if they don't agree to instantly confirmable bookings. Buck the instant booking trend? The penalty is seeing their listings drop toward the bottom of the heap.

1 week ago

Airbnb Has Ambitions in France Beyond Paris

Paris and France will be one of the most fascinating stories in tourism for the next few years, and Airbnb is just one interesting part of it.

2 weeks ago

New Data Suggests Airbnb’s Impact on Hotels Is Less Than Perceived

This report seems to suggest hoteliers don't have much to worry about when it comes to Airbnb but we're dealing more with apples and oranges here than apples and apples.

2 weeks ago

Airbnb’s Most Well-Funded European Rival Wimdu Is Acquired by 9flats

Despite the large amount of funding Wimdu received in 2011, it was never able to scale its operation on a global basis like Airbnb. The variety of laws restricting the ability of Europeans to list their homes on a roomsharing platform likely hastened its demise.

2 weeks ago