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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.

3 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.

3 weeks ago

Airbnb Turns to Lawyers to Challenge Local Housing Laws

Lawsuits like this make us wonder if the laws we have now are appropriately equipped to address the complicated, tangled intricacies of disruptive online platforms like Airbnb, HomeAway, and their peers. They also make us long for the days when cities and platforms might better work together to apply commonsense regulations for short-term rentals.

3 weeks ago

Marriott-Starwood Delay and 4 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

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

1 month ago

Airbnb Says It’s Cleaning Up New York Listings While Governor Mulls New Law

Airbnb will be waging a PR battle in New York until Cuomo takes action or the time runs out on this session. But as we know from recent history, each purge is followed by a return of bad actors.

1 month ago

Upscale Hostels Look Beyond Millennials to Business Travelers

There's a certain convergence under way between hostels and hotels as both often seek to attract Millennials as well as business travelers. Business travelers often see hostels as an optimum choice when hotels are booked up but many road warriors express satisfaction with the experience.

1 month ago

The IRS Makes It Easier to Pay Taxes on Uber and Airbnb Income

This is a clear sign that the sharing economy isn’t in its infancy anymore.

1 month ago

Interview: Airbnb’s China Rival Tujia and the Power of Home-Field Advantage

Given what happened with Didi Chunxing and Uber, can other businesses like Airbnb compete in China? What can vacation rental and homesharing companies learn from homegrown Chinese startups like Tujia?

1 month ago

Anaheim Isn’t Dropping Its Ban on Airbnb, But It Won’t Try to Fine Them Anymore

Just because Anaheim won’t fine Airbnb, HomeAway, or other alternative accommodations providers, doesn’t mean they won’t try to fine the hosts who advertise illegal listings on those sites.

1 month ago

Hotels Ditch Full-Service and 5 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

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

1 month ago

Iceland Tourism and the Mixed Blessings of Airbnb

The island nation of Iceland, which is roughly the size of Portugal and located about 1,100 miles northwest of London, is a flashpoint for the encroaching forces of tourism, globalization, and of course, Airbnb, too.

1 month ago

Communications Decency Act Protecting Websites Shows Wear After Two Decades

If a non-tech company tried to defend itself with this shield, most people would call B.S. It's time for all of us to support the next generation of this law so that it applies to how the Internet works now rather than in the (first) Clinton administration.

1 month ago