Rentals & Shares

Google Vacation Rental Partners Diverge on Whether to Name Guests in Reviews

Google Vacation Rental Partners Diverge on Whether to Name Guests in Reviews

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Booking sites' guests reviews on Google have been a highly charged issue for years. The latest is that Airbnb and TripAdvisor are willingly giving Google their guest reviews of vacation rentals, but they are busy figuring out how not to give away the store in the process.

2 weeks ago

Airbnb Goes Hollywood to Amp Up Party House Crackdown

Airbnb Goes Hollywood to Amp Up Party House Crackdown

Danielle Hyams, Skift

Airbnb chose Tinseltown to audaciously begin cracking down on party houses. Good PR. Expect to see more adjustments in Airbnb policy as it moves forward with an emphasis on community safety and standards.

3 weeks ago

The Most Important Story in Hotels in 2019

The Most Important Story in Hotels in 2019

Nancy Trejos, Skift

The tug-of-war between hotels and short-term rentals intensified in 2019, with both sides making strategic moves to display their strength. There were wins and losses for everyone, and the result so far has been a deeper blurring of the lines between the two sectors.

1 month ago

Airbnb Will Roll Out Policy That Aims to Protect Hosts From Scheming Guests

Airbnb Will Roll Out Policy That Aims to Protect Hosts From Scheming Guests

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Many Airbnb hosts of the mom-and-pop variety — yes, there are a few left — feel aggrieved when they welcome guests into their homes and have to bear the consequences of hostile reviews penned with the worst intentions. Airbnb is trying to tip the balance back toward hosts — and is probably making neither party totally happy.

1 month ago

5 Smart Insights for the Short-Term Rental Industry

5 Smart Insights for the Short-Term Rental Industry

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The short-term rental market is a long-term growth sector. Yet its dynamics are being upended as professional management becomes popular and online travel companies seek smarter ways to sell the lodging. Here are several takeaways from Skift's first event to focus on the sector's opportunities.

2 months ago

What’ll It Take to Survive in Short-Term Rentals: Former Top Airbnb Exec

What’ll It Take to Survive in Short-Term Rentals: Former Top Airbnb Exec

Brian Sumers, Skift

People may see short-term rentals as a good get-rich-quick scheme. But according to former Airbnb CFO Laurence Tosi, it's not a simple business. The most successful companies in the space, he said, are also the most sophisticated.

2 months ago

Airbnb Cracks Down on Parties and Nuisance Behavior

Airbnb Cracks Down on Parties and Nuisance Behavior

Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press

Airbnb has been on the back foot since a tragic shooting in California in November. It finds itself coming under pressure increasingly from the public and lawmakers to make sure it is doing all it can to get a handle on guest behavior.

2 months ago

Marriott’s Foray Into Short-Term Rentals No Longer an Experiment — It’s a Business: Exec

Marriott’s Foray Into Short-Term Rentals No Longer an Experiment — It’s a Business: Exec

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Hospitality giants moving into the short-term rental space hasn't always gone smoothly. But Marriott's vice president of Homes & Villas said that the company isn't getting its feet wet anymore — it's found a business model that works and wants to grow it.

2 months ago

Sonder Puts Hilton and Marriott in Its Sights as It Moves Into Hotel Business

Sonder Puts Hilton and Marriott in Its Sights as It Moves Into Hotel Business

Patrick Whyte, Skift

CEO Francis Davidson is clearly very, very ambitious — and has identified a path for Sonder to go on and challenge the very biggest names in hospitality.

2 months ago

What Destination Marketers Can Learn from Airbnb’s China Strategy

What Destination Marketers Can Learn from Airbnb’s China Strategy

Jing Travel

China is on track to be Airbnb's top origin market in 2020. Destination marketing organizations targeting Chinese travelers can gain insights from the homesharing giant's take-charge strategy, which is key for staying power in this fiercely competitive sector.

2 months ago

Airbnb Tests Teaming With Google’s Vacation Rental Business in the U.S.

Airbnb Tests Teaming With Google’s Vacation Rental Business in the U.S.

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Airbnb has intensified its testing of Google's vacation rentals business. Does this mean Airbnb will fall down a rabbit hole of Google dependence? Not necessarily. Romances can be so fleeting.

2 months ago

Airbnb Chief Operating Officer to Leave Her Post on the Cusp of Going Public in 2020

Airbnb Chief Operating Officer to Leave Her Post on the Cusp of Going Public in 2020

Dennis Schaal, Skift

It's all about its anticipated public offering at Airbnb these days. Shore up the plethora of safety issues, make peace with regulators, and bring in seasoned operational executives that the Wall Street crowd will look favorably upon. Was Belinda Johnson a casualty in that push?

2 months ago