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Airbnb Tries to Argue New York City’s New Regulations Violate Users’ Privacy

Airbnb Tries to Argue New York City’s New Regulations Violate Users’ Privacy

Chris Dolmetsch, Bloomberg

It's obvious Airbnb wants to exhaust any and all options before complying with New York City's new short-term rental law. Why? Because the city is the company's No. 1 market in the U.S. But the company's argument regarding privacy concerns in New York contradicts Airbnb's willingness and compliance to submit its host information to cities that include San Francisco, Chicago, and New Orleans. In other words, this is more about avoiding the new law than user privacy concerns.

2 months ago

Expedia’s HomeAway Bet Is Starting to Pay Off

Expedia’s HomeAway Bet Is Starting to Pay Off

Gerrit De Vynck , Bloomberg

The battle between Expedia, Booking, and Airbnb has only just begun, and it won't just be over short-term rentals.

2 months ago

Apart-Hotels Vie For Higher Profile in Airbnb Era

Apart-Hotels Vie For Higher Profile in Airbnb Era

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

The truth is that this isn't a new lodging concept in any way. The apart-hotel, or serviced apartment, sector has been around for even longer than Airbnb. Apart-hotels and Airbnb can work together. Apart-hotels need the visibility Airbnb can give them, and Airbnb needs their reliable and quality listings to move more into the mainstream.

2 months ago

The Middle East Tops List of Priciest Airbnb Cities

The Middle East Tops List of Priciest Airbnb Cities

Michael Sasso and Wei Lu, Bloomberg

The Middle East takes five spots near the top of this list of priciest Airbnb locales, but not to worry. For bargain hunters, India offers short-term rentals as low as $34.

2 months ago

New York’s Airbnb Regulatory Squeeze Highlights Business Model Risks

New York’s Airbnb Regulatory Squeeze Highlights Business Model Risks

Olivia Zaleski , Bloomberg

Airbnb is dependent on the goodwill of cities and for some it is a nuisance rather than a blessing. If others decide to copy New York then the home-rental company will have plenty of bridges to build ahead of its mooted IPO.

2 months ago

New York City Sues Airbnb to Enforce New Law Regarding Host Information

New York City Sues Airbnb to Enforce New Law Regarding Host Information

Chris Dolmetsch and Olivia Zaleski, Bloomberg

The way in which this new law was written leaves little wiggle room for Airbnb to use the Communications Decency Act as a defense. This can go one of two ways: Airbnb and New York City duke it out in court or, eventually, Airbnb may have to set up a registration system for hosts as it has in San Francisco, New Orleans, and Chicago.

2 months ago

New York City Will Compel Airbnb to Report Information on Hosts

New York City Will Compel Airbnb to Report Information on Hosts

Olivia Zaleski and Gerrit De Vynck, Bloomberg

For those wondering what will likely happen in New York, we need only look at the examples of San Francisco, New Orleans, and Chicago. The big difference here, however, is the bad blood between Airbnb and New York City: Can both entities work together to develop a registration system as Airbnb has in those other U.S. cities?

2 months ago

Airbnb Is Funding a Host’s Lawsuit Against New York City

Airbnb Is Funding a Host’s Lawsuit Against New York City

Olivia Zaleski, Bloomberg

Financing litigation was an inevitable strategy for Airbnb, especially in, arguably, the company's most challenging regulatory market.

2 months ago

Airbnb Could Be Worth More Than Any Hotel Company

Airbnb Could Be Worth More Than Any Hotel Company

Deanna Ting, Skift

The battle between Airbnb and Booking (and everyone else in online travel) is just beginning.

2 months ago

Opportunities for the 15 Ways Travelers Use Mobile: Skift Research

Opportunities for the 15 Ways Travelers Use Mobile: Skift Research

Meghan Carty, Skift Research

If there is a common thread throughout the in-destination journey today, it’s mobile. Even so, gaps exist in mobile usage between parts of the journey and the key players in each part. For those that are behind, it’s urgent to play catch-up.

2 months ago

Why Short-Term Rentals Are Mainstream and Booming

Why Short-Term Rentals Are Mainstream and Booming

Wouter Geerts, Euromonitor International

We are witnessing an evolution as more traditional hotel companies add alternative accommodations — and homesharing companies such as Airbnb add hotels. This piece gives a good summary of the ways short-term rentals are changing and continuing to grow.

2 months ago

EU Issues Ultimatum to Airbnb Over Pricing Transparency

EU Issues Ultimatum to Airbnb Over Pricing Transparency

Stephanie Bodoni, Bloomberg

We're fairly certain a large online travel agency based in Amsterdam is receiving this news happily.

2 months ago