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Airbnb Stock Split Pre-IPO Will Make It Cheaper for Individual Investors

Airbnb Stock Split Pre-IPO Will Make It Cheaper for Individual Investors

Dennis Schaal, Skift

An Airbnb pre-IPO stock split gives the company's potential public debut more momentum because its share price in theory would be lower. Of course, none of Airbnb's IPO paperwork is public yet so the particulars of the IPO are just guesswork for now.

2 days ago

Just In Time for an IPO — Airbnb’s Hotel Business Is Benefiting From Its House Party Ban

Just In Time for an IPO — Airbnb’s Hotel Business Is Benefiting From Its House Party Ban

Dennis Schaal, Skift

On the road toward its IPO, Airbnb has engaged in nonstop publicity about its efforts to crack down on house parties. Another less-noticed part of that effort is when Airbnb blocks these bookings of whole homes, it encourages users to book hotels instead.

5 days ago

Airbnb Hires Apple Design Legend Jony Ive

Airbnb Hires Apple Design Legend Jony Ive

Jane Lanhee Lee, Reuters

Airbnb has always been obsessive about its design, and it's hard to imagine a more obsessive designer than Jony Ive.

7 days ago

Fall Travel Is Off to a Worrisome Start: Latest Skift U.S. Travel Tracker Survey

Fall Travel Is Off to a Worrisome Start: Latest Skift U.S. Travel Tracker Survey

Haixia Wang, Skift Research

Labor Day weekend didn’t provide a much-needed boost for the U.S travel sector. In September, 37 percent of Americans traveled, barely one percentage point higher than in August. The path of travel recovery ahead might be even rockier with summer vacation officially behind us.

2 weeks ago

Book-Direct Advocates Concede Online Travel Agency Distribution Is Still Essential

Book-Direct Advocates Concede Online Travel Agency Distribution Is Still Essential

Dennis Schaal, Skift

With thousands of hotels going out of business and up for sale, and vacation rentals business booming in certain destinations, there will be a ton of disruption and convergence in hospitality. Savvy short-term rental operators can pick off some direct bookings, but the mega online travel agencies will hardly notice.

3 weeks ago

Airbnb Hopes to Raise $3 Billion in a December IPO

Airbnb Hopes to Raise $3 Billion in a December IPO

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Airbnb's proposed December timing for an initial public offering could be dicey because the U.S. presidential election and its aftermath is such a wild card at this point. Still, a $3 billion funding infusion could help Airbnb pay down the high-interest private equity debt that it raised earlier this year.

4 weeks ago

Airbnb to Ban or Cancel One-Night Stays on Halloween Weekend to Deter House Parties

Airbnb to Ban or Cancel One-Night Stays on Halloween Weekend to Deter House Parties

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Airbnb banned one-night stays, but only around Halloween in the U.S. and Canada. An outright ban, as is the policy at Vrbo, would be harder for Airbnb because that would hurt its corporate travel business. Still, house parties are a problem that may keep on creating ugly headlines.

4 weeks ago

This Corporate Housing Startup Is Poised to Make Steady Gains — At the Expense of Hotels

This Corporate Housing Startup Is Poised to Make Steady Gains — At the Expense of Hotels

Matthew Parsons, Skift

Focusing on alternative accommodations is a smart move because in uncertain times, who doesn't want options?

1 month ago

Airbnb Reinstates Domio Listings After Scandal Cost CEO His Job

Airbnb Reinstates Domio Listings After Scandal Cost CEO His Job

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Despite Brian Chesky’s rhetoric about Airbnb needing to return to its local connections mission and roots, the economics point to Airbnb needing Domio- and Sonder-like listings. Even if it means negative publicity pre-IPO.

1 month ago

Airbnb Suitor Makes His Case as an Antidote to Market Volatility for a Pending IPO

Airbnb Suitor Makes His Case as an Antidote to Market Volatility for a Pending IPO

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Message delivered: If Airbnb is concerned about the market's rollercoaster ride and the timing of its going public, then Bill Ackman's Pershing — and other special purpose acquisition companies — could take a little of the anxiety out of the process.

2 months ago

Booking Is In, Airbnb Is Out of Google Vacation Rentals

Booking Is In, Airbnb Is Out of Google Vacation Rentals

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The online travel agency lineup in Google vacation rentals involves strategic considerations: take advantage of the bookings, and strengthen Google's competitive position in the process, or risk going without.

2 months ago

Airbnb Escalates House Party Crackdown a Week After Filing for an IPO

Airbnb Escalates House Party Crackdown a Week After Filing for an IPO

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Airbnb looks to be cleaning up some overhangs before its anticipated initial public offering, including being fairly aggressive about promoting its crackdown on wayward house parties in its rentals. In case investors ask about the issue, Airbnb has an answer.

2 months ago