Rentals & Shares

Marriott-Starwood Merger Finally Approved and 11 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

These are the hospitality trends we were talking about this week.

15 hours ago

Airbnb Now Letting Hosts Search for Superhosts to Professionalize Listings

Airbnb is doing all it can to scale up its listings globally, including using more management companies. The problem for Airbnb as it goes corporate is how will the guest experience retain any semblance of authenticity.

2 days ago

Airbnb’s Latest Investment Values It as Much as Hilton and Hyatt Combined

Is Airbnb's valuation for real? We'll have to wait for it to go public to see how it would really stack up against the market caps of major hotel chains.

2 days ago

Airbnb Relies on Its Hosts to Fight New York’s New Short-Term Rental Laws

Both sides of this debate could be saving themselves millions if Airbnb were simply more transparent and honest about sharing its data, and if both worked together to implement common sense regulations and policies that benefit everyone in the local community.

3 days ago

Airbnb Gains Market Share in France While Hotels See Reservations Drop

Airbnb is reporting good news in France while major hotels are wincing as they reflect on their summer occupancy levels.

4 days ago

Airbnb Debuts TV Ad Campaign in New Orleans Ahead of City Council’s Vote Next Month

We hope New Orleans' restrictive track record with short-term rentals doesn't get in the way with next month's vote but there are still plenty of city residents bemoaned by Airbnb and other services and don't want them to gain more foothold.

1 week ago

Airbnb Vacation Rental Exec Says Instant Booking Going Mainstream

Once again it is consumer behavior that is driving change in online travel -- this time for vacation rental bookings and instantly confirmable online bookings. OK, Expedia's acquisition of HomeAway and Airbnb's goal to curb racism on its platform are also pushing things in the instantly bookable direction. When companies are sluggish in adapting to consumer trends, as HomeAway was to a certain extent in its standalone incarnation, they suffer.

1 week ago

New Skift Trends Report: The State of Alternative Accommodations 2016

The U.S. alternative accommodations market remains a one-horse race with Airbnb leading its rivals, but the brand's smart first-mover advantage has also turned it into the whipping boy for local tax authorities and hotel lobbies. This turbulent landscape leaves plenty of room for new consumer-facing brands but also opportunities across the broader alternative accommodations ecosystem.

2 weeks ago

Onefinestay Co-Founder and CEO Resigns

Given the timing of this announcement, there's no doubt the AccorHotels acquisition may have had something to do with Marsh's decision to depart the company he founded. It'll be interesting to see, however, what Marsh pursues next, and if the company will expand rapidly under AccorHotels and Frank's direction.

2 weeks ago

Airbnb’s Racism Problem and 6 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

These are the hospitality trends we were talking about this week.

2 weeks ago

Airbnb Reveals Policies and Products to Combat Its Racism Problem

It’s encouraging to see Airbnb tackle this issue head on and try to effect some real changes but we wonder if the company is taking enough steps to make a major difference.

2 weeks ago

Airbnb IPO Will Have to Wait Until Legal Issues Are Dealt With

Airbnb board member Jeff Jordan believes that it will be in the financial interest of hosts to oppose overly aggressive regulations against the company in coming years. That sort of outcry by passengers has worked to a certain extent for Uber when faced with municipal crackdowns. Uber is not Airbnb, though. Whether disparate Airbnb hosts can unify out of self-interest as a potent force to oppose tough regulations and hotel lobbying remains to be seen.

2 weeks ago