Rentals & Shares

AccorHotels to Buy Private Vacation Rental Platform Travel Keys

AccorHotels to Buy Private Vacation Rental Platform Travel Keys

Deanna Ting, Skift

AccorHotels' investments in the sharing economy continue to expand, and as the only major global hotel company investing so directly into the alternative accommodations sector, the company seems well positioned to adapt and grow with this "new normal" in the lodging space.

2 weeks ago

The Distribution Wars and 6 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

The Distribution Wars and 6 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

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

3 weeks ago

Airbnb May Have Become Profitable in 2016, Opening Door to IPO

Airbnb May Have Become Profitable in 2016, Opening Door to IPO

Olivia Zaleski and Brad Stone , Bloomberg

Airbnb is likely prepping for an initial public offering and this leak about its profitability builds the narrative that, unlike Uber, it is finally getting into the positive side of the ledger. Now if it could only solve regulation ...

4 weeks ago

6 Takeaways About Airbnb’s Potential Impact on the Hotel Industry

6 Takeaways About Airbnb’s Potential Impact on the Hotel Industry

Deanna Ting, Skift

The biggest conclusion here is that hoteliers can't afford to dismiss the impact, however large or minuscule it may be, that Airbnb is having on the lodging industry, and on their bottom lines, too. Plenty of reports may tell us different things, but the universal thread is that Airbnb is here, and it can't be ignored.

4 weeks ago

5 New Travel Startups Put Niche Spins on Short-Term Rental Booking

5 New Travel Startups Put Niche Spins on Short-Term Rental Booking

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Airbnb and HomeAway clones are a dime-a-dozen. But we found a handful carving out niche market segments that seem promising. These startups focus on travelers interested in corporate-friendly lodgings, architecture and design properties, Asia's top destinations, and exclusive luxury residences.

4 weeks ago

Marriott CEO on Trump and 5 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

Marriott CEO on Trump and 5 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

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

1 month ago

Stay Alfred Raises $15 Million to Bring Hotel Service to Short-Term Rentals: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Stay Alfred Raises $15 Million to Bring Hotel Service to Short-Term Rentals: Travel Startup Funding This Week

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Stay Alfred's $15 million Series A funding may pale next to the roughly $3 billion that Airbnb has raised. But the company — which services apartment rentals and aims for hotel-quality service — is part of a thriving wave of vendors providing an ecosystem of services around short-term urban rentals.

1 month ago

How Expedia Is Transforming HomeAway Asia and the Sector

How Expedia Is Transforming HomeAway Asia and the Sector

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Signs of HomeAway becoming more aggressive about Asia expansion are evident but there is much to do. Putting in place a new leadership team is just the beginning.

1 month ago

Airbnb Loses Top Exec and 3 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

Airbnb Loses Top Exec and 3 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

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

1 month ago

Airbnb’s Chip Conley to Leave Global Head of Hospitality and Strategy Role

Airbnb’s Chip Conley to Leave Global Head of Hospitality and Strategy Role

Deanna Ting, Skift

We've always seen Conley as the adult in the room at Airbnb, someone who can explain the meaning of hospitality to the upstarts while also having enough creative entrepreneurial experience to fit in at a startup.

1 month ago

Expedia Is Already More Aggressively Marketing HomeAway in 2017

Expedia Is Already More Aggressively Marketing HomeAway in 2017

Dennis Schaal, Skift

It is the beginning of year two for HomeAway within the Expedia portfolio, but rival Airbnb is also getting aggressive in its digital marketing of vacation rentals and Booking.com is no slouch, either. Perhaps to the chagrin of hotels, the vacation rental category is getting a ton of more exposure.

1 month ago

Luxury in 2017 and 5 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

Luxury in 2017 and 5 Other Hospitality Trends This Week

Sarah Enelow, Skift

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

1 month ago