Rentals & Shares

Airbnb Hosts Will Be Able to Pay to Fast-Track Verification of Their Listings

Airbnb Hosts Will Be Able to Pay to Fast-Track Verification of Their Listings

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Airbnb — and other players in the short-term rental space — have a daunting task in trying to verify millions of home listings, along with an expanded array of tours and activities. With this push, it might just open up more players to liability from content offered on their platforms.

2 days ago

Expedia’s Vrbo to Reposition Itself Beyond Vacation Rentals as a Family Travel Business

Expedia’s Vrbo to Reposition Itself Beyond Vacation Rentals as a Family Travel Business

Dennis Schaal, Skift

In a very crowded and highly competitive short-term rental field, it makes sense that Expedia Group's Vrbo would try to stand out, albeit as a travel business serving families. Why go after the backpackers and younger generation when that isn't your core customer anyway?

3 days ago

Vrbo Shuffles Leadership as Latest Expedia Group Reorganization Moves Take Shape

Vrbo Shuffles Leadership as Latest Expedia Group Reorganization Moves Take Shape

Dennis Schaal, Skift

No pain, no gain, right? Expedia's Vrbo unit, which is almost an afterthought when it comes to discussions about Airbnb, Booking.com, and Google, has been undergoing a difficult transition. In itself, changing the leadership isn't the answer, but along with other changes, perhaps it won't hurt.

4 days 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.

5 months ago

Airbnb Now Completely Overwhelms Some U.S. Cities

Airbnb Now Completely Overwhelms Some U.S. Cities

Luke McGrath, Bloomberg

It's not all bad news, though. Some smaller cities, looking to grow their local tourism market, have developed a good working relationship with the startup.

1 week ago

Airbnb Finally Embraces Verified Listings After Halloween Deaths

Airbnb Finally Embraces Verified Listings After Halloween Deaths

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Airbnb has avoided these policies under the guise of being just a platform, much like the rest of the tech platform companies. We just hope at some point that tragedies are not the only way to propel change that lots of stakeholders have been asking for all along.

2 weeks ago

Airbnb Loses Jersey City Homesharing Vote in Landslide Despite Massively Outspending the Opposition

Airbnb Loses Jersey City Homesharing Vote in Landslide Despite Massively Outspending the Opposition

Olivia Carville, Bloomberg

Jersey City, a large New Jersey municipality on the outskirts of New York City, where Airbnb faces stiff regulation, handed Airbnb a huge defeat by adopting sensible homesharing restrictions. Is this a trend in the making?

2 weeks ago

Airbnb Attempts to Ban Party Houses After Multiple Deaths in California Shooting

Airbnb Attempts to Ban Party Houses After Multiple Deaths in California Shooting

Dennis Schaal, Skift

House parties and out-of-control guests are the scourge of Airbnb and other short-term rental platforms. The industry has to fix this — fast.

2 weeks ago

Facebook Removes Airbnb Host Group That Ridiculed Guests

Facebook Removes Airbnb Host Group That Ridiculed Guests

Dennis Schaal, Skift

When guests stay in short-term rentals, they shouldn't have to worry that hosts might be sharing their intimate photos and personal information on Facebook, whether it be in nominally private groups or not. Airbnb, Vrbo, Facebook, and others need to be more vigilant so that their hosts aren't violating privacy policies on their platforms or elsewhere.

2 weeks ago

All of Oyo’s Brands Explained: New Skift Research

All of Oyo’s Brands Explained: New Skift Research

Seth Borko and Danni Santana, Skift Research

Oyo's multi-brand strategy speaks to its ambition to expand out of the budget category it started in. For now most of these brands are concentrated in India, which serves as a test market for Oyo. It will be interesting to watch how these regional offerings fare and evolve to fit into foreign markets.

2 weeks ago

The Wide World of Luxury Alternative Accommodation Models

The Wide World of Luxury Alternative Accommodation Models

Laura Powell, Skift

As more companies enter the luxury vacation rental business, the need to serve up a unique selling proposition becomes increasingly vital. But it's also key to stay true to that original mission point, even as a company grows.

3 weeks ago

Sykes Cottages Sold for $480 Million in a Bet on Tech-Led Short-Term Rentals

Sykes Cottages Sold for $480 Million in a Bet on Tech-Led Short-Term Rentals

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The deal gives a nice return to private equity firm Livingbridge, which bought Sykes in 2015 for about $75 million. What makes Sykes Cottages stand out is that it has fully built almost all of its technology on its own and has almost 80 percent direct bookings. New majority stakeholder Vitruvian is now placing a bet on short-term rentals.

3 weeks ago