For all the challenges facing this year's Summer Games, chief among them a lack of hotel rooms, the beauty of Airbnb's flexible supply scheme makes it ideal for major events like the Olympics.
With the likes of Airbnb playing up the sheer number of properties available, it makes sense for Wyndham to make a point of some of the advantages you get when booking direct with a company.
Metasearch sites such as Kayak, Hipmunk, Trivago, TripAdvisor and Tripping have a lot of heavy lifting to do because consumers will increasingly be demanding better ways to comparison-shop for alternative accommodations that are often unique and difficult to define. All things being equal -- and they aren't -- that's a big market opportunity for these sites.
Airbnb may have its regulatory difficulties here and there but this isn't stopping investors from pouring money into the company so it can pick off a new market or two.
We're not sure if this promotion alone will prompt anyone to sign up as an Airbnb host or take a cruise. But Fathom, which is still an up-and-coming brand, may earn some attention — and hipster cred — for partnering with the high-profile company.
What many people don't understand about Airbnb is that it's not really about the price, it's about the product.
Can such a thing exist? Yes, but if we want it to work, we need short-term rental platforms and local governments to cooperate with each other.
When you are the merchant of record, take a commission, and manage reservations it seems like there's more than just "speech" taking place.
Between San Francisco and New York's actions, we're going to end up with some real rules. We hope.
These are the hospitality trends we were talking about this week.