Rentals & Shares

Airbnb Gets More Serious About China With Tech Investments

Airbnb Gets More Serious About China With Tech Investments

Yoolim Lee and Haslinda Amin, Bloomberg

Airbnb clearly doesn’t want to exit China in failure like Uber. Making investments based on the habits of locals rather than importing ideas from abroad is the key to competing here.

2 days ago

Priceline Is Making a Land Grab on Airbnb’s Turf by Adding Rental Inventory

Priceline Is Making a Land Grab on Airbnb’s Turf by Adding Rental Inventory

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The Priceline Group is the colossus of hotel bookings but it is playing catch-up when it comes to vacation rentals. Yet CEO Glenn Fogel sounds determined to hone in on Airbnb's territory.

1 week ago

Wyndham May Sell Its European Vacation Rental Brands on the Way to a Spinoff

Wyndham May Sell Its European Vacation Rental Brands on the Way to a Spinoff

Deanna Ting, Skift

Who's looking to buy up some European vacation rental businesses? Our money's on AccorHotels, Airbnb, and HomeAway, among others.

2 weeks ago

Hyatt Is Investing in the Sharing Economy Again, This Time With Oasis

Hyatt Is Investing in the Sharing Economy Again, This Time With Oasis

Deanna Ting, Skift

We like to think of this as Hyatt's payback for AccorHotels stealing away onefinestay last year.

2 weeks ago

Wyndham Is Spinning Off Its Timeshare Business Like Marriott, Starwood and Hilton Before It

Wyndham Is Spinning Off Its Timeshare Business Like Marriott, Starwood and Hilton Before It

Deanna Ting, Skift

We had a hunch this would happen, but who knew it would happen so quickly? And how will Wyndham pursue that "blue thread" of loyalty strategy between its hotel and timeshare businesses? And what will happen to its vacation rental business?

2 weeks ago

Airbnb’s Road to an IPO: Everything You Could Possibly Need to Know

Airbnb’s Road to an IPO: Everything You Could Possibly Need to Know

Deanna Ting, Skift

We all know Airbnb will go public someday — it's just a question of when. When will it finally be ready — and what does the company need to do before it does?

2 weeks ago

Airbnb and the NAACP Partner to Sign Up More Minority Hosts

Airbnb and the NAACP Partner to Sign Up More Minority Hosts

Associated Press

This seems like a mutually beneficial partnership, but are both organizations prepared to tackle any regulatory challenges that as they try to expand Airbnb's reach? And will they be contributing more to gentrification in certain neighborhoods?

3 weeks ago

AccorHotels Combines Its Rental Brands Under Onefinestay Name

AccorHotels Combines Its Rental Brands Under Onefinestay Name

Patrick Whyte, Skift

It's clear that AccorHotels needed to do something to turn Onefinestay around and by combining it with its other rental businesses it will at least be able to improve its reach. But at the same time one of the draws was the "handpicked" nature of the properties, which will surely be lost by increased scale.

3 weeks ago

Airbnb to Debut Exclusive Travel Experiences in Japan

Airbnb to Debut Exclusive Travel Experiences in Japan

Naomi Schanen, Bloomberg

A smart move by Airbnb to grow its presence in Asia, especially in Japan, where tourism has been at record highs in the past few years, with few signs of slowing down.

3 weeks ago

AccorHotels Has a Lot of Work to Do With Onefinestay

AccorHotels Has a Lot of Work to Do With Onefinestay

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Onefinestay is a nice idea but like so many other nice ideas it isn’t a profitable one, at least not yet. AccorHotels has a lot of work to do to turn the business around and justify the millions of dollars it has already spent.

3 weeks ago

Airbnb Tries a Different Tactic in Mexico: Giving Regulators What They Want

Airbnb Tries a Different Tactic in Mexico: Giving Regulators What They Want

Andrea Navarro and Olivia Zaleski, Bloomberg

Learning from your previous missteps is always a good thing. But is it enough to simply collect and remit taxes? What happens when regulators press for more restrictions?

4 weeks ago

Airbnb Host Gets Fined for Discrimination After Canceling Asian-American Woman’s Stay

Airbnb Host Gets Fined for Discrimination After Canceling Asian-American Woman’s Stay

Michael Balsamo, Associated Press

We're all for creative agreements like this. But we have to ask: What grade will Baker have to get in that class? It better be an A+ at this point.

1 month ago