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Short-Term Rental Platform RedAwning Restructures and Bookings Surge

Short-Term Rental Platform RedAwning Restructures and Bookings Surge

Dennis Schaal, Skift

A silver lining in the coronavirus fiasco, for companies that survive it, is that the crisis gives many the chance to reset and take stock of their operations. Neglecting to do that can be an opportunity that may never resurface.

1 week ago

Airbnb CEO to Tech Platform Peers: Clean Up Your Own Content or the Government Will

Airbnb CEO to Tech Platform Peers: Clean Up Your Own Content or the Government Will

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The proverbial handwriting is on the wall for Airbnb, Facebook, Google, Tripadvisor, and Yelp, among others. The regulators are coming! The regulators are coming!

1 week ago

Airbnb-NYC Settlement Means Hosts Will Get Delisted If They Don’t Consent to Information-Sharing

Airbnb-NYC Settlement Means Hosts Will Get Delisted If They Don’t Consent to Information-Sharing

Dennis Schaal, Skift

If Airbnb will ever succeed in easing New York's stringent short-term rental regulations, a precursor would be the type of hosting-information-sharing pact that it reached with the city. It doesn't guarantee lighter regulation, but many things could be on the table in the new normal of a post-coronavirus New York City.

3 weeks ago

Airbnb Investigates Allegations of Sexual Harassment Against a Top Chinese Exec

Airbnb Investigates Allegations of Sexual Harassment Against a Top Chinese Exec

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Airbnb launched an investigation into the complaint almost immediately after receiving a letter outlining the allegations. Good to see swift action to get to the bottom of what is being alleged.

3 weeks ago

Will Airbnb Flip the Initial Public Offering Playbook Yet Again?

Will Airbnb Flip the Initial Public Offering Playbook Yet Again?

Dennis Schaal, Skift

In this tragic and topsy-turvy year, market conditions can change before the end of this sentence. As of this writing, Airbnb seemingly has a path to go public at a valuation that it can likely live with.

3 weeks ago

Airbnb Plus Is All But Abandoned as a Grand Dream That Never Met Expectations

Airbnb Plus Is All But Abandoned as a Grand Dream That Never Met Expectations

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The Airbnb Plus vision to have a portion of its listings meet hotel-like standards was sound. But the execution was lousy, and the exclusivity requirement was a big barrier.

1 month ago

Airbnb CEO Tells Hosts Success Against Hotel Competitors Hinges on Adopting Cleaning Protocols

Airbnb CEO Tells Hosts Success Against Hotel Competitors Hinges on Adopting Cleaning Protocols

Dennis Schaal, Skift

It's a good idea that Brian Chesky is now doing weekly videos with hosts. It would be more effective — but admittedly riskier — if he took live questions. It will be a long process to rebuild trust from hosts because so many feel burned by the company's coronavirus refund policy.

2 months ago

Airbnb Slump Means European Cities Can Try to Retake Control of Apartments

Airbnb Slump Means European Cities Can Try to Retake Control of Apartments

Jon Henley, Stephen Burgen and Rory Carroll, The Guardian

Short-term rental hosts are turning to traditional apartment rentals during the coronavirus crisis, but no one knows how they will react when tourists eventually return.

2 months ago

Airbnb to Roll Out Sanitization Plan for Hosts That Would Include 72-Hour Wait Between Stays

Airbnb to Roll Out Sanitization Plan for Hosts That Would Include 72-Hour Wait Between Stays

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Cleanliness standards will guide guest preferences in the years ahead. Short-term rental host practices will have to undergo significant enhancements to cope with that changing consumer behavior — a heightened sensitivity to just how clean their surroundings are as an outgrowth of the coronavirus pandemic.

2 months ago

The Long View Guest This Week: Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky on Critical Challenges Ahead

The Long View Guest This Week: Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky on Critical Challenges Ahead

Rafat Ali, Skift

What does the changed world of travel look like ahead, according to Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky, and what is his and the company's role in it? I will dig in with him this Friday at 3 p.m. ET, in this livestream.

2 months ago

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky Was Actively Working on Going Public When Bookings Dried Up

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky Was Actively Working on Going Public When Bookings Dried Up

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Airbnb's Chesky undoubtably still has that S-1 document in a laptop somewhere. With the pandemic lowering Airbnb's valuation by billions, that document will need a total rewrite. And with all that's going on in the world, it's difficult to even contemplate an eventual public listing right now.

3 months ago

The Bull Case for Airbnb’s Future From Here On

The Bull Case for Airbnb’s Future From Here On

Om Malik, Skift

Airbnb opened up the mainstream travelers to a whole new way to travel. That is an achievement no one can take away from them. Even in these bad times, it has a chance to build out its bigger promise here.

3 months ago