Rentals & Shares

Marriott Homesharing Strategy Is About Guest Loyalty, Not Profits

Marriott Homesharing Strategy Is About Guest Loyalty, Not Profits

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Some hotel chains, such as Marriott, feel they have no choice but to get into homesharing. Marriott is trying to turn it into a loyalty play to keep its customers engaged with the brand.

1 week ago

Airbnb Says Japan Listings Have Soared Back After Last Year’s Freeze

Airbnb Says Japan Listings Have Soared Back After Last Year’s Freeze

Pavel Alpeyev and Olivia Carville, Bloomberg

Airbnb invested $30 million to return the number of listings year-ago levels, before Japan implemented the Minpaku law. Good that it did this well before the 2020 Olympics. But there’s more competition now as hotel supply has increased. Even disruptive players such as Oyo Hotels and Homes are in the ring.

2 weeks ago

Amsterdam Considers Home Rental Ban to Limit Overtourism

Amsterdam Considers Home Rental Ban to Limit Overtourism

Ruben Munsterman, Bloomberg

Amsterdam has already limited homesharing and is considering a total ban in popular neighborhoods. Stronger permitting for legit bed-and-breakfast operators will probably be more sustainable than an outright ban, if the goal is to improve life for locals.

3 weeks 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.

4 days ago

Airbnb Eliminates Some Guest Fees to Take on Booking Holdings

Airbnb Eliminates Some Guest Fees to Take on Booking Holdings

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Airbnb is clearly now well down the path toward a host-only fee structure. Chalk it up to its push toward onboarding hotels, which don't charge guest fees, and Airbnb's competition with Booking.com, which sees guest fees as unholy.

3 weeks ago

Airbnb Crosses 1 Million Listings in Asia-Pacific Despite Hurdles

Airbnb Crosses 1 Million Listings in Asia-Pacific Despite Hurdles

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Airbnb intends to grow further in Asia-Pacific by providing what it calls the most "magical" experience. The challenge, of course, will be staying true to its core values as competition intensifies.

3 weeks ago

Britain’s Prince Charles Opens a Bed-and-Breakfast in Scotland

Britain’s Prince Charles Opens a Bed-and-Breakfast in Scotland

Claire Ballentine, Bloomberg

The Prince of Wales’ foundation has opened a bed-and-breakfast near the Castle of Mey in Caithness, Scotland. Talk about getting the royal treatment during a trip.

3 weeks ago

Airbnb Troubles in Chile Worsen With Death of Tourists in Apartment

Airbnb Troubles in Chile Worsen With Death of Tourists in Apartment

Daniela Guzman, Bloomberg

Already facing animosity from regulators, local hotels, and residents, Airbnb must now confront the death of six tourists from a gas leak in one of its apartments. This puts the homesharing platform in a tight spot, to say the least.

3 weeks ago

Activist Site Inside Airbnb Uses Startup’s Own Data to Highlight Illegal Listings

Activist Site Inside Airbnb Uses Startup’s Own Data to Highlight Illegal Listings

Olivia Carville, Bloomberg

Murray Cox runs Inside Airbnb, which uses the homesharing giant’s own data to highlight illegal listings in big cities. The housing activist particularly deserves kudos for catching the lister of home rentals providing misleading data to public and city officials in 2016. But Airbnb is also right in that some of Cox’s data lacks context.

4 weeks ago

Homesharing Will Take a Bigger Bite of Hotel Market Share: New Skift Research

Homesharing Will Take a Bigger Bite of Hotel Market Share: New Skift Research

Haixia Wang , Skift Research

As one of the largest travel sectors, accommodations will continue to grow as travel becomes an even more integral part of consumer lifestyles. Yet it remains to be seen if the disruption from alternative accommodations will fundamentally shake up the entire sector.

4 weeks ago

Airstream’s New Mini-Models May Be Driving a Bump in Sales

Airstream’s New Mini-Models May Be Driving a Bump in Sales

Kyle Stock, Bloomberg

Airstream's luxe camp trailer may appeal to a wider customer base beyond baby boomers, but much of that younger demographic is also interested in sharing rather than owning.

4 weeks ago

Skift Forum Asia: China Is on Track to Be Airbnb’s Top Origin Market by 2020

Skift Forum Asia: China Is on Track to Be Airbnb’s Top Origin Market by 2020

Dennis Schaal and Deanna Ting, Skift

Will Airbnb be able to break through in China and other parts of Asia Pacific where other Western companies have fallen off their scooters? We'll discuss these issues with Siew Kum Hong, one of Airbnb's earliest employees in the region, at Skift Forum Asia in Singapore.

1 month ago