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Here’s What Airbnb Is Confidentially Telling Potential Investors About a New Survey

Here’s What Airbnb Is Confidentially Telling Potential Investors About a New Survey

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Airbnb will likely have no trouble raising money, assuming the valuation and terms are palatable to investors, but it's dubious that they will chip in a few hundred million dollars each based on the supposedly inherent advantages of Airbnb's product.

2 months ago

Airbnb Mulls Cash Infusion From New Investors, Explained

Airbnb Mulls Cash Infusion From New Investors, Explained

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Many of Airbnb's previous funding rounds were oversubscribed. But if Airbnb indeed taps new venture capital funding, it won't have trouble finding benefactors. Still, the company's valuation will be considerably lower than the prior $31 billion.

3 months ago

Short-Term Rental Firms Face Backlash Over Sharply Different Coronavirus Cancellation Policies

Short-Term Rental Firms Face Backlash Over Sharply Different Coronavirus Cancellation Policies

Dennis Schaal, Skift

It's a decisive moment for short-term rental companies. When it comes to coronavirus-addled short-term rental cancellation and refund policies, Airbnb sided with guests while Vrbo shrugged its shoulders to soothe property managers and owners. Who has the longer memory?

3 months ago

Tripadvisor Is Trying to Sell Its Vacation Rental Businesses

Tripadvisor Is Trying to Sell Its Vacation Rental Businesses

Dennis Schaal , Skift

Some might consider it ironic that there's been a lot of talk about the possibility of Expedia Group shedding assets, but Tripadvisor is the one actively trying to sell its vacation rental businesses. There has been speculation for some time that Tripadvisor would make such a move — and now it's actually happening.

3 months ago

Airbnb Loses $276 Million and 6 Other Takeaways From Its Fourth Quarter

Airbnb Loses $276 Million and 6 Other Takeaways From Its Fourth Quarter

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Airbnb's fourth quarter financials show it is 10 times larger than Tripadvisor. They also provide clarity that Booking Holdings has a long way to go to catch Airbnb in short-term rental businesses. Airbnb's growing marketing spend in 2019 likely means that Google will have a welcome new partner in coming years.

3 months ago

ITB Berlin’s Cancellation Had Only a Mild Impact on Short-Term Rental Owners

ITB Berlin’s Cancellation Had Only a Mild Impact on Short-Term Rental Owners

Sean O'Neill, Skift

An upside for cities like Berlin that tighten short-term rental supply through regulation is that they're less prone to price and occupancy shocks when something like the trade fair ITB Berlin cancels at the last minute.

3 months ago

Airbnb-Backed Rental Manager Lyric Restructures to Focus Just on Key Cities

Airbnb-Backed Rental Manager Lyric Restructures to Focus Just on Key Cities

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Restructuring in itself isn't necessarily the worst thing in the world for a company, although fired employees might not see it that way. This is at least the second recent and high-profile Airbnb investment. The other, with Oyo, doesn't appear to be proceeding according to plan, either.

3 months ago

Airbnb, Expedia and Others Agree to Landmark Data-Sharing Deal With European Union

Airbnb, Expedia and Others Agree to Landmark Data-Sharing Deal With European Union

Patrick Whyte, Skift

It's hard to know whether greater transparency will benefit or hinder these short-term rental platforms. Might lawmakers use the information as a stick to wield over the industry?

3 months ago

Travel Megatrends 2020: Short-Term Rental Winners Emerge

Travel Megatrends 2020: Short-Term Rental Winners Emerge

Wouter Geerts, Skift

The short-term rental ecosystem is getting bigger, which means many winners are set to emerge from the pack. Expect further brand-driven professionalization, more outside investment, and vendor consolidation. Those getting on board will benefit, but is a backlash in the cards?

3 months ago

Event Rentals Projected to Rise in 2020 But Coronavirus Cancellations May Add Uncertainty

Event Rentals Projected to Rise in 2020 But Coronavirus Cancellations May Add Uncertainty

Lauren Ward, Skift

Events are growing across the world, and rental companies are set to reap the benefits, particularly compared to their construction equipment and tool rental counterparts. Will fallout from the coronavirus outbreak dampen this momentum?

4 months ago

Google’s Critics Dismiss Move Posting Competitors’ Travel Links as Window Dressing

Google’s Critics Dismiss Move Posting Competitors’ Travel Links as Window Dressing

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Google is bending somewhat to intense regulatory pressure in Europe. But its answers in travel to date aren't very meaningful.

4 months ago

Is Airbnb’s Stock Market Debut in 2020 Still On Track?

Is Airbnb’s Stock Market Debut in 2020 Still On Track?

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Sporting some red ink in its financial results doesn't spell doom and gloom for Airbnb's prospects of going public in 2020. On the other hand, the question for employees and investors becomes — at what valuation?

4 months ago