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Skift Forum Europe Preview: Airbnb’s Jeroen Merchiers on the Battle With Booking

Skift Forum Europe Preview: Airbnb’s Jeroen Merchiers on the Battle With Booking

Deanna Ting, Skift

You won't want to miss what Merchiers has to say about the battle for online travel dominance, as well as Airbnb's growth plans for Europe, the Middle East, and Africa this week at Skift Forum Europe.

2 months ago

Homesharing Is on the Rise in China as Real Estate Market Cools

Homesharing Is on the Rise in China as Real Estate Market Cools

Mason Hinsdale, Jing Travel

China's sharing economy is growing rapidly. How long will that growth be able to sustain itself — and what new complications will come with the increase in alternative accommodations?

2 months ago

A Case for Stronger Partnerships Between Global Cities and Airbnb

A Case for Stronger Partnerships Between Global Cities and Airbnb

Noah Smith, Bloomberg

This columnist notes the connection between Airbnb and gentrification in cities across the world, but it is probably naive to say that a stronger relationship between the two will result in a positive impact on local communities. Cities should care more about their residents than the whims of bargain-hungry travelers or the growth goals of a hospitality company.

2 months ago

Morocco Joins Long List of Destinations Looking to Regulate Airbnb

Morocco Joins Long List of Destinations Looking to Regulate Airbnb

Souhail Karam, Bloomberg

It's no surprise that Morocco, which has a huge tourism industry, is looking to crack down on Airbnb and Booking.com. This is the new normal around the world as the so-called sharing economy changes the way people travel — and longstanding travel companies suffer.

2 months ago

Airbnb’s Response to Paris Lawsuit Is the Same Old Story

Airbnb’s Response to Paris Lawsuit Is the Same Old Story

Deanna Ting, Skift

Airbnb has crafted an ideal template for telling the same old story when it comes to dealing with short-term rental regulations around the world, and more cities just don't seem to want to hear it anymore.

2 months ago

Vancouver Reaches Deal With Airbnb And Expects Expedia to Follow Suit

Vancouver Reaches Deal With Airbnb And Expects Expedia to Follow Suit

Natalie Obiko Pearson, Bloomberg

More cities are waking up to the reality that while Airbnb may be a dirty word in some neighborhoods, companies like Expedia and Booking Holdings also have millions of listings that are impacting housing markets and driving residents out.

2 months ago

This Lodging Sector Needs Airbnb and Booking to Grow Its Business

This Lodging Sector Needs Airbnb and Booking to Grow Its Business

Deanna Ting, Skift

If you don't know what a serviced apartment is, you're likely not alone. And that's probably one of the biggest problems this lodging sector faces as it tries to grow beyond catering solely to corporate travelers.

2 months ago

Booking Claims It Beats Airbnb With 5 Million Alternative Accommodations Listings

Booking Claims It Beats Airbnb With 5 Million Alternative Accommodations Listings

Dennis Schaal , Skift

Booking.com may be marginally ahead of Airbnb in the listings race, but for practical purposes you can call it a draw. It's game on, though, pitting Booking.com's renowned demand aggregation and marketing resources versus Airbnb's brand advantages, and the resources it would gain by doing an IPO and becoming more comprehensive.

3 months ago

Tenants of New Airbnb-Branded Complex in Florida Feel Blindsided

Tenants of New Airbnb-Branded Complex in Florida Feel Blindsided

Deanna Ting, Skift

It's one thing to know when you're signing a lease that your apartment building will serve as a de facto Airbnb hotel. It's another to be "blindsided" months later after you've already made it your home.

3 months ago

Airbnb Plus’ Risky Bet to Push Homesharing to a New Level

Airbnb Plus’ Risky Bet to Push Homesharing to a New Level

Deanna Ting, Skift

If Airbnb is successful with Airbnb Plus, it will ensure that alternative accommodations are no longer seen as an alternative. But making it a success will be easier said than done.

3 months ago

Learning From Facebook’s Foibles, Airbnb China Informs Users of Its Data Sharing Practices

Learning From Facebook’s Foibles, Airbnb China Informs Users of Its Data Sharing Practices

Bloomberg

This is just par for the course when it comes to doing business in China, and it shouldn't be that surprising to users. As far back as 2016, Airbnb has had a user agreement in China that notifies users that they can and will share their information with the Chinese government.

3 months ago

New Skift Research Analyst Session: Exploring Vacation Rental Tech Must-Haves

New Skift Research Analyst Session: Exploring Vacation Rental Tech Must-Haves

Seth Borko, Skift Research

More consumers than ever are using vacation rentals. But as the line with hotels blurs and the industry enter a new growth phase, it faces unique challenges in delivering the hospitality guests expect. Technology will be key to providing an elevated guest experience and will help determine who sees the most success.

3 months ago