Rentals & Shares

Onefinestay CEO Departs to Lead Serviced Apartment Brand Sweet Inn

Onefinestay CEO Departs to Lead Serviced Apartment Brand Sweet Inn

Deanna Ting, Skift

We know what you're all thinking: Can Onefinestay be saved? Was AccorHotels' decision to buy a private rental business the right move? Or should it have partnered with one instead?

10 hours ago

Airbnb’s Growth Is Slowing Amid Increasing Competition From Booking and Expedia: Report

Airbnb’s Growth Is Slowing Amid Increasing Competition From Booking and Expedia: Report

Deanna Ting, Skift

If Airbnb is indeed seeing a slowdown of its business in more mature markets like Europe and the U.S., that's all the more reason for the company to double down on its efforts in emerging markets like China, and to work on adding more professional inventory, ahem, hotels.

1 day ago

Vacasa Targets Urban Rental Market by Helping Developers Fill Vacant Units

Vacasa Targets Urban Rental Market by Helping Developers Fill Vacant Units

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Vacasa's interest in partnering with property developers to put more short-term rentals in multi-family communities is part of a broader trend toward greater professionalization of the market. But not all of the players entering the market may avoid being bruised in an eventual economic recession.

2 days ago

Booking Unveils Host Tools as Short-Term Rental Rivals Address Their Weaknesses

Booking Unveils Host Tools as Short-Term Rental Rivals Address Their Weaknesses

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Booking.com wants to service professional managers while going after individual vacation rental owners, too. Airbnb wants to tap into the professional-manager set while branching out into resort areas, and HomeAway wants to get more urban. These companies' offerings will converge, and it's likely their business models will, too.

2 weeks ago

The Bigger Promise of Voice in Hospitality Could Be With Vacation Rentals

The Bigger Promise of Voice in Hospitality Could Be With Vacation Rentals

Deanna Ting, Skift

Voice has tremendous potential to transform the vacation rental or private accommodation experience as we know it — but are we there yet? And if not, how do we get there?

2 weeks ago

Airbnb Offers New Tech Support to Entice More Professional Hosts

Airbnb Offers New Tech Support to Entice More Professional Hosts

Deanna Ting, Skift

This move makes plenty of sense but we — presumably like those very people who want to use Airbnb to list their properties — wish Airbnb was a bit more forthcoming with actual new tools.

3 weeks ago

Airbnb’s Strategic Advisor Never Saw Homesharing Coming

Airbnb’s Strategic Advisor Never Saw Homesharing Coming

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Chip Conley mixes some self-promotion into his predictions, but these insights from a longtime hospitality insider warrant attention.

4 weeks ago

New Skift Research Weighs Regulations on Airbnb Versus Overall Economic Benefits

New Skift Research Weighs Regulations on Airbnb Versus Overall Economic Benefits

Rebecca Stone, Skift

The regulatory environment for Airbnb is becoming increasingly more restrictive, but completely wiping out Airbnb as an alternative for travel accommodations via regulation won't necessarily be beneficial from an economic standpoint.

4 weeks ago

Airbnb and HomeAway Face Judge Scrutiny in Santa Monica Over Short-Term Rental Laws

Airbnb and HomeAway Face Judge Scrutiny in Santa Monica Over Short-Term Rental Laws

Edvard Pettersson, Bloomberg

Slowly but surely, Airbnb and HomeAway are finding that their previous defenses for failing to comply with short-term rental regulations are no longer cutting it.

1 month ago

Luxury Hotel Owner Dogus Is Looking to Sell Properties Across Europe

Luxury Hotel Owner Dogus Is Looking to Sell Properties Across Europe

Ercan Ersoy and Gillian Tan, Bloomberg

The Dogus conglomerate, an owner of prestigious hotels across Europe, was $5.7 billion in debt as of June. Asset sales seem likely, though it's not clear if buyers will make acceptable offers.

1 month ago

5 Things We’ve Learned About Airbnb From Its UK Accounts

5 Things We’ve Learned About Airbnb From Its UK Accounts

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Airbnb is clearly growing very fast. But before it goes public, it will have to sort out regulatory issues like the one it faces in the UK.

1 month ago

The Roadblocks Airbnb Must Tackle on Its Way to Possible IPO: Skift’s Latest Research

The Roadblocks Airbnb Must Tackle on Its Way to Possible IPO: Skift’s Latest Research

Rebecca Stone, Skift Research

What is hurting Airbnb’s ability to see true success? Increasing regulation, the company’s potential impact on local housing markets and the traditional hotel sector, and the company’s increasing role in hospitality and accommodation distribution. In this report, we attack all three.

1 month ago