Rentals & Shares

Hotel CEOs’ Views on Homesharing Evolve Even as Industry Remains Critical

Hotel CEOs’ Views on Homesharing Evolve Even as Industry Remains Critical

Deanna Ting, Skift

Now that AccorHotels, Hyatt, and Marriott have started getting into homesharing, what does that mean for the hotel industry's crusade against it? Can AH&LA continue to fight Airbnb when some of its members are now actively participating in the short-term rental space?

1 day ago

Norway Backs Limits on Airbnb for the Good of the Neighbors

Norway Backs Limits on Airbnb for the Good of the Neighbors

Peter Levring, Bloomberg

Why should Norway be different than any place else? The government wants to ensure that neighborhoods don't get disrupted and that professionals don't nab the housing stock to devote to rentals.

1 week ago

New Report Alleges Airbnb Raised New Yorkers’ Rent by $616 Million

New Report Alleges Airbnb Raised New Yorkers’ Rent by $616 Million

Christine Maurus, Bloomberg

The truth is that rising rents and a lack of affordable housing in any city is never the result of one single factor, and blaming those crises on one business alone doesn't do enough to figure out the real, multiple reasons behind those problems.

3 weeks ago

Marriott Vacations Snaps Up ILG for $4.7 Billion

Marriott Vacations Snaps Up ILG for $4.7 Billion

Neil Callanan and Gillian Tan, Bloomberg

Marriott Vacations saw an opportunity as ILG faced activist pressure to find a partner. The result: A $4.7 billion acquisition announced Monday by Marriott. For Marriott, it was a smart loyalty move as the company consolidates its loyalty programs. Remember that ILG has Starwood timeshare programs in its fold now.

3 weeks ago

Airbnb Won’t Launch Flights Anytime Soon

Airbnb Won’t Launch Flights Anytime Soon

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Can Airbnb become a superbrand of travel, as it has stated as a goal? Probably not without launching flights. On the other hand, Booking.com has done fairly well for itself without offering flights until now.

4 weeks ago

Choice Hotels Expands Its Vacation Rental Portfolio with Listings from RedAwning

Choice Hotels Expands Its Vacation Rental Portfolio with Listings from RedAwning

Deanna Ting, Skift

Just like everyone wants a piece of the tours and activities industry right now, everyone in hospitality wants a cut of the vacation rental business, too.

4 weeks ago

Marriott Experiments With Homesharing

Marriott Experiments With Homesharing

Deanna Ting, Skift

Leave it to Marriott to figure out a way to make homesharing work for the hotel industry. But as we've noted before, this space has its challenges, and figuring out the logistics and differences between managing homes and hotels will be crucial.

4 weeks ago

Skift Forum Europe Preview: Airbnb’s Jeroen Merchiers on the Battle With Booking

Skift Forum Europe Preview: Airbnb’s Jeroen Merchiers on the Battle With Booking

Deanna Ting, Skift

You won't want to miss what Merchiers has to say about the battle for online travel dominance, as well as Airbnb's growth plans for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa this week at Skift Forum Europe.

1 month ago

Homesharing Is on the Rise in China as Real Estate Market Cools

Homesharing Is on the Rise in China as Real Estate Market Cools

Mason Hinsdale, Jing Travel

China's sharing economy is growing rapidly. How long will that growth be able to sustain itself — and what new complications will come with the increase in alternative accommodations?

1 month ago

A Case for Stronger Partnerships Between Global Cities and Airbnb

A Case for Stronger Partnerships Between Global Cities and Airbnb

Noah Smith, Bloomberg

This columnist notes the connection between Airbnb and gentrification in cities across the world, but it is probably naive to say that a stronger relationship between the two will result in a positive impact on local communities. Cities should care more about their residents than the whims of bargain-hungry travelers or the growth goals of a hospitality company.

1 month ago

Morocco Joins Long List of Destinations Looking to Regulate Airbnb

Morocco Joins Long List of Destinations Looking to Regulate Airbnb

Souhail Karam, Bloomberg

It's no surprise that Morocco, which has a huge tourism industry, is looking to crack down on Airbnb and Booking.com. This is the new normal around the world as the so-called sharing economy changes the way people travel — and longstanding travel companies suffer.

1 month ago

Airbnb’s Response to Paris Lawsuit Is the Same Old Story

Airbnb’s Response to Paris Lawsuit Is the Same Old Story

Deanna Ting, Skift

Airbnb has crafted an ideal template for telling the same old story when it comes to dealing with short-term rental regulations around the world, and more cities just don't seem to want to hear it anymore.

1 month ago