Rentals & Shares

Airbnb Claims It Was Profitable in 2018

Airbnb Claims It Was Profitable in 2018

Krista Gmelich, Bloomberg

This would mark the second straight year Airbnb made it into the black but, again, we'll have to take the company's word for it. The company's long-awaited IPO will shed some light on its finances.

23 hours ago

Airbnb Wins Preliminary Ruling Blocking New York City Demand for Host Data

Airbnb Wins Preliminary Ruling Blocking New York City Demand for Host Data

Bob Van Voris, Bloomberg

Airbnb has argued that this law violates its hosts' privacy, and yet, it has agreements in cities that include San Francisco, New Orleans, and Chicago whereby the company supplies host information directly to local governments. So when is this data sharing considered a violation of privacy?

2 weeks ago

Airbnb’s Grand Travel Ambitions Could Be Taking a Detour

Airbnb’s Grand Travel Ambitions Could Be Taking a Detour

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Airbnb could be in the initial stages of getting into property management. While such an initiative has its risks in terms of criticism from current property management partners, it seems like a much smarter strategy than expanding into very complex and difficult areas such as flights.

4 weeks ago

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How Airbnb Is Building a Vacation Rental Platform for the Future

How Airbnb Is Building a Vacation Rental Platform for the Future

Airbnb + Skift

Once a cottage industry operated by entrepreneurial property owners, today’s billion dollar vacation rental market is undergoing massive growth, driven by digital platforms that are evolving in tandem with its users' needs.

1 month ago

Airbnb’s Deal for French Firm Could Signal Entry Into Property Management

Airbnb’s Deal for French Firm Could Signal Entry Into Property Management

Deanna Ting, Skift

To be honest, this acquisition is a bit puzzling, and has us wondering: Why buy when you can partner instead? But perhaps Airbnb is onto something.

1 month ago

Airbnb, HomeAway and Others Form International Vacation Rental Group in Japan

Airbnb, HomeAway and Others Form International Vacation Rental Group in Japan

Raini Hamdi, Skift

The big vacation rental players have formed an association in Japan, with the blessing of the Japan Tourism Agency. It may be a model for other Asian countries to follow.

1 month ago

Airbnb and Major Landlord Settle Lawsuit Over Subletting Violations

Airbnb and Major Landlord Settle Lawsuit Over Subletting Violations

Dennis Schaal , Skift

The Miami settlement could have broader implications for Airbnb when other big landlords take it to task for hosts violating their apartment leases. And, it isn't a bad thing for Airbnb to resolve its issues with various regulators and to erase some of these legal irritants when it will likely solicit investors for a 2019 initial public offering.

1 month ago

Airbnb Automates Tax Reporting for Hosts in Tech-Savvy Estonia

Airbnb Automates Tax Reporting for Hosts in Tech-Savvy Estonia

Ott Ummelas, Bloomberg

Airbnb's quest to settle knotty taxation issues around the world continues apace as the company gears up to go public.

1 month ago

Expedia to Hoteliers: Vacation Rentals Won’t Steal Your Business

Expedia to Hoteliers: Vacation Rentals Won’t Steal Your Business

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Expedia officials can try to assure hoteliers that the rise of alternative accommodations is no big deal for their businesses. But you can be certain that figuring out how to manage this changing dynamic is of paramount concern for all parties involved.

1 month ago

Selina Receives $150 Million for Millennial-Friendly Hospitality

Selina Receives $150 Million for Millennial-Friendly Hospitality

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Until recently, Selina has been a glorified hostel operator. Its ambition to provide work-life balance to millennials who travel internationally has been more of a work-in-progress than a consistent offering. Yet massive fresh funding this year will help drive Selina to become one of 2019's most fascinating experiments in hospitality.

1 month ago

Airbnb Touts One of Its Most Valuable Assets as It Prepares for IPO

Airbnb Touts One of Its Most Valuable Assets as It Prepares for IPO

Deanna Ting, Skift

Combatting host fatigue is a very real thing, but it'll probably take a lot more than this from Airbnb to make sure those Superhosts remain loyal.

2 months ago

Airbnb Drops Proposed Tax Collection Deal With Mexico

Airbnb Drops Proposed Tax Collection Deal With Mexico

Andrea Navarro, Bloomberg

Airbnb may have another crack at a deal with Mexico's new administration, but it's unclear whether a new attempt would be successful.

2 months ago