Rentals & Shares

Airbnb Struggles to Balance Its Past and Future

Airbnb Struggles to Balance Its Past and Future

Deanna Ting, Skift

In which we try to make some sense out of what we know Airbnb is doing now — and what it hopes to be doing over the next 10 years.

1 day ago

Airbnb Plus and Everything CEO Brian Chesky Just Announced

Airbnb Plus and Everything CEO Brian Chesky Just Announced

Deanna Ting, Skift

To be honest, we weren't very surprised by Thursday's launches. In fact, we wondered why they haven't been launched sooner. But for the most part, all of them certainly seem in step with Airbnb's plans for being much more than just about any other travel brand or company out there.

3 days ago

Wyndham Sells Its European Vacation Rental Business to a Private Equity Firm for $1.3 Billion

Wyndham Sells Its European Vacation Rental Business to a Private Equity Firm for $1.3 Billion

Deanna Ting, Skift

Sorry, Airbnb. Those who follow the vacation rental business closely had a hunch that the business would be gobbled up by private equity and they were right.

1 week ago

Airbnb Lobbying Contributed to Its Cuba Win as Hotels Came Up Short

Airbnb Lobbying Contributed to Its Cuba Win as Hotels Came Up Short

Olivia Zaleski, Bloomberg

While the U.S. hotel industry took its lumps when the Trump administration revised U.S. Cuba policy in November, Airbnb spent $250,000 to lobby everyone from the Senate to the National Security Council and got a concession to maintain the viability of U.S. travelers staying in Airbnb rentals on the island. The company's lobbyists even worked with disgraced former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort.

1 week ago

Airbnb Is Set to Launch a New Tier of Select Properties

Airbnb Is Set to Launch a New Tier of Select Properties

Deanna Ting, Skift

You know the saying, "The more things change, the more they stay the same"? When it comes to Airbnb's new endeavors in the accommodations space, it is certainly being inventive, but the company is also borrowing heavily from what hotels have been doing for centuries.

2 weeks ago

Airbnb Hedge Fund Report Is a Sign That This Unicorn Is Growing Up

Airbnb Hedge Fund Report Is a Sign That This Unicorn Is Growing Up

Seth Borko, Skift Research

Headlines can often miss a key point: Airbnb has a positive and growing cash flow. Airbnb was already in a small club of highly valued startups, but there's an even more elite group, those that can turn a profit.

2 weeks ago

Airbnb Strikes Deal to Make a Bigger Hotel Push

Airbnb Strikes Deal to Make a Bigger Hotel Push

Deanna Ting, Skift

Anyone willing to bet that you may find your favorite "mass-produced" hotel chains on Airbnb in the not-too-distant future?

3 weeks ago

The Inside Story of Airbnb’s Management Shakeup and Battle to Stay Private

The Inside Story of Airbnb’s Management Shakeup and Battle to Stay Private

Olivia Zaleski and Eric Newcomer, Bloomberg

Who needs an IPO when you can control the limits of space and time on an "infinite time horizon" like Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky? Also, if two-thirds of the company's profits were being generated by ex-CFO Tosi's hedge fund within the company, how will the company fare without him?

3 weeks ago

Airbnb CFO Out in Management Shakeup, No IPO Planned for 2018

Airbnb CFO Out in Management Shakeup, No IPO Planned for 2018

Deanna Ting, Skift

In Airbnb's battle of Silicon Valley versus Wall Street, it appears that Silicon Valley has won this fight — for now.

3 weeks ago

Airbnb Signals Big Changes With the Appointment of American Express CEO to Its Board

Airbnb Signals Big Changes With the Appointment of American Express CEO to Its Board

Deanna Ting, Skift

In short, Airbnb’s message is: “We’re not an Uber, guys. And we haven’t forgotten about the people who made us a $31 billion company.”

1 month ago

Onefinestay Launches Concierge Service With Loyalty Elements

Onefinestay Launches Concierge Service With Loyalty Elements

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Rumor has it that Airbnb is gearing up to announce a more personalized experience soon, and Onefinestay may have just beat its strongest competitor to the punch.

1 month ago

Travel Megatrends 2018: Travel Brands Want to Be Experience Platforms

Travel Megatrends 2018: Travel Brands Want to Be Experience Platforms

Deanna Ting, Skift

If we received a penny for every time a travel industry executive talked about how consumers are looking for “experiences,” we’d be billionaires by now. But in all seriousness, there’s a definitive strategy behind travel brands’ desires to play an even bigger role in travelers’ experiences.

1 month ago