Rentals & Shares

HomeAway Sees New Opportunity in Japan In Competition Against Airbnb

HomeAway Sees New Opportunity in Japan In Competition Against Airbnb

Pavel Alpeyev, Bloomberg

Japan's new law emphasizes professionally managed properties, a development that HomeAway argues gives it a new advantage over Airbnb, which is the stronger of the two companies in the country.

4 hours ago

Airbnb Is Testing a Luxury Service That Will Include Inspections for Quality Control

Airbnb Is Testing a Luxury Service That Will Include Inspections for Quality Control

Olivia Zaleski, Bloomberg

"Airbnb Lux," here we come. No doubt Airbnb's earlier acquisition of Luxury Retreats will play a role here, too. Luxury hotel brands, you've been warned.

5 days ago

Airbnb Buys Background-Check Startup Trooly to Combat Scams

Airbnb Buys Background-Check Startup Trooly to Combat Scams

Olivia Zaleski, Bloomberg

Anyone here getting IPO-ready? Improving the quality of the site's listings, and making it harder for users to do transactions outside of the platform will boost Airbnb's valuation.

2 weeks ago

Airbnb Promises $5.6 Million For Community Tourism Projects in Europe

Airbnb Promises $5.6 Million For Community Tourism Projects in Europe

Patrick Whyte, Skift

If nothing else, Airbnb will be hoping the funding gets it some much-needed good public relations at a time when it is coming under increasing pressure in several key European cities.

2 weeks ago

Airbnb Ramps Up Push to Get More Hosts to Choose Instant Booking

Airbnb Ramps Up Push to Get More Hosts to Choose Instant Booking

Deanna Ting, Skift

With these new features, it's clear Airbnb wants to reduce discrimination on its platform, sign on more vacation rental managers, and generate more bookings. But is this enough to keep hosts happy?

2 weeks ago

Airbnb Can Operate Legally in Japan With New Law’s Passage

Airbnb Can Operate Legally in Japan With New Law’s Passage

Pavel Alpeyev, Bloomberg

Good news for Airbnb but the bigger question is what happens in a year or two? What kind of an impact will this have on the housing markets in Japan? And will this inevitably lead to overtourism?

3 weeks ago

Airbnb App Now Provides Hosts’ Check-In Instructions for Guests

Airbnb App Now Provides Hosts’ Check-In Instructions for Guests

Deanna Ting, Skift

Why didn't Airbnb think of this earlier?

3 weeks ago

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Free Insights Deck: Demystifying Airbnb For Corporate Travel Managers

Free Insights Deck: Demystifying Airbnb For Corporate Travel Managers

Airbnb + Skift

It’s no question that many modern business travelers are seeking alternative accommodations to customize their travel experience. In this overarching examination of the overall state of the corporate travel market, we’re breaking down what Airbnb for Work can add to a managed travel plan for travelers and travel managers alike.

3 weeks ago

Airbnb Finally Appoints a Leader for Its China Business

Airbnb Finally Appoints a Leader for Its China Business

David Ramli and Olivia Zaleski, Bloomberg

Hong has a big opportunity to grow Airbnb's presence and brand in China, but also faces some tough competition from Tujia, among others.

4 weeks ago

Vacation Rentals Are a Bright Spot at TripAdvisor

Vacation Rentals Are a Bright Spot at TripAdvisor

Sean O'Neill, Skift

For years, Airbnb, Booking.com, Expedia's HomeAway, and TripAdvisor have been scrambling for market share in vacation rentals to drive consolidation. But TripAdvisor says it is now focused on "quality" listings, rather than quantity.

4 weeks ago

What Wealthy Travelers Look for in Their Vacation Rentals

What Wealthy Travelers Look for in Their Vacation Rentals

Laura Powell, Skift

When it comes to short-term vacation rentals, a guaranteed level of service is goal of luxury and non-luxury travelers alike.

4 weeks ago

Airbnb Has Come to a Vermont Town and Some Residents Are Worried

Airbnb Has Come to a Vermont Town and Some Residents Are Worried

Associated Press

The dichotomy of Airbnb: Money for some residents, higher prices for others.

1 month ago