Rentals & Shares

Airbnb Reverses Strategy in Return to Affiliate Partnerships With Big Players

Airbnb Reverses Strategy in Return to Affiliate Partnerships With Big Players

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The homesharing giant is only partnering with websites that attract at least a million visitors a month. Airbnb is calculating that the revenue upside would be worth the brand sacrifice that comes with affiliate marketing.

2 days ago

Airbnb Debuts New Tools for a Bigger Cut of the $138 Billion Vacation Rental Industry

Airbnb Debuts New Tools for a Bigger Cut of the $138 Billion Vacation Rental Industry

Deanna Ting, Skift

This makes perfect, if long overdue, business sense for Airbnb. But can Airbnb really make sure these tools won’t be abused by commercial operators running illegal hotel businesses in cities like San Francisco or New York?

3 days ago

Home-Sharing Surge in Singapore Is a Quandary for Policy-Makers

Home-Sharing Surge in Singapore Is a Quandary for Policy-Makers

Michelle Jamrisko, Bloomberg

Despite restrictions, services like Airbnb are flourishing in Singapore. Stricter laws could be on the way, however, limiting the ability of residents to share their homes for short periods of time.

7 days ago

Airbnb Experiments With Hotel-Like Concept Outside Orlando

Airbnb Experiments With Hotel-Like Concept Outside Orlando

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Airbnb is partnering to develop ersatz hotels replete with front-desk staff and keyless entry. The area outside of Orlando, which is known for periods of intense lodging demand, seems a good enough place to test this new concept.

1 week ago

Denmark Moves to Integrate the Sharing Economy Into Its Legal System

Denmark Moves to Integrate the Sharing Economy Into Its Legal System

Peter Levring and Christian Wienberg, Bloomberg

Denmark has had some rough-going with the sharing economy, but now it seems a potential for economic growth. Its attitude seems to be, if you can't beat 'em, then regulate 'em.

1 week ago

Business of Loyalty: Hyatt Intends to Expand Program to Vacation Rentals

Business of Loyalty: Hyatt Intends to Expand Program to Vacation Rentals

Grant Martin, Skift

It may soon be possible through Hyatt to earn hotel-loyalty program elite status by staying in a vacation rental.

1 week ago

Ctrip Leads $300 Million Round for Tujia Home-Sharing Expansion Outside China

Ctrip Leads $300 Million Round for Tujia Home-Sharing Expansion Outside China

Bloomberg

Ctrip's mission is to cater to the needs of Chinese travelers domestically and internationally. If they are increasingly staying in home-shares from home-cooked Tujia, then a big acquisition becomes a possibility. There is certainly room for several viable players in home-sharing on the global stage.

1 week ago

Short-Term Rental Fight Sees Hotels and Realtors Lining Up on Different Sides

Short-Term Rental Fight Sees Hotels and Realtors Lining Up on Different Sides

David Eggert, Associated Press

The short-term rental fight in Michigan, as in many places, is a clash among real estate, hotel and consumer interests. These sorts of conflicts are playing out all over the world, and there won't be uniform outcomes.

2 weeks ago

Aggressive Salesmen Pitch Timeshares But Not Everyone Is Buying

Aggressive Salesmen Pitch Timeshares But Not Everyone Is Buying

Marjorie Miller, Associated Press

Timeshares are still big business despite their sketchy reputation. People do buy-in after receiving the hard-sell from a salesperson, but a significant percentage realize later that the investment wasn't a particularly prudent one.

2 weeks ago

Airbnb’s Chinese Rival Tujia Is Also Focusing on Business in Japan

Airbnb’s Chinese Rival Tujia Is Also Focusing on Business in Japan

Katsuyo Kuwako and Gareth Allan , Bloomberg

Japan may be Airbnb's most popular country in Asia, but Tujia has a distinct advantage over Airbnb in terms of appealing to Chinese travelers who are arriving to Japan en masse.

2 weeks ago

Airbnb CMO Jonathan Mildenhall to Leave Company

Airbnb CMO Jonathan Mildenhall to Leave Company

Jason Clampet, Skift

As much of the talk around Airbnb right now relates to a possible IPO, it's odd to see a C-level exec depart at this stage in the company's lifespan.

2 weeks ago

Airbnb and WeWork Test a Shared Workspace Program for Business Travelers

Airbnb and WeWork Test a Shared Workspace Program for Business Travelers

Olivia Zaleski, Bloomberg

This kind of partnership makes a lot of sense for a number of reasons, especially as Airbnb attempts to grow its business travel business even more on that road to an IPO. It will also be interesting to see if WeWork integrates its own WeLive co-living spaces into the Airbnb ecosystem.

2 weeks ago