Rentals & Shares

What’s Really Behind the Hotel Industry’s Plans to Combat Airbnb

What’s Really Behind the Hotel Industry’s Plans to Combat Airbnb

Deanna Ting, Skift

There's not a David and Goliath battle happening here. It's more like new money versus old money, and we expect to see some excellent public relations work on every side.

1 month ago

Hawaii Lawmakers Try to Settle Differences Over Vacation Rental Regulations

Hawaii Lawmakers Try to Settle Differences Over Vacation Rental Regulations

Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press

In destinations like Hawaii where tourism is a top industry, managing the balance between the needs and wants of visitors and the needs of residents is a constant struggle that's being reflected in the state's current battles over vacation rental regulation.

1 month ago

Corporate Travel Still Doesn’t Get Homesharing Despite Business Traveler Use

Corporate Travel Still Doesn’t Get Homesharing Despite Business Traveler Use

Hannah Sampson, Skift

Business travelers and their employers want safety, quality, and consistency; if homesharing companies can provide those things, we expect more acceptance from travel policies.

1 month ago

HomeAway to Home Owners: It’s Online Booking or Nothing at All

HomeAway to Home Owners: It’s Online Booking or Nothing at All

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Vacation rental bookings are increasingly going online but there is still a dichotomy in models -- instant confirmations versus a 24-hour fail-safe vetting period. Because of the fragmented nature of the vacation rental market, one-size-fits all doesn't seem to be in the offing.

1 month ago

UBS Report Says Regulation Slows Airbnb Growth in Popular Markets

UBS Report Says Regulation Slows Airbnb Growth in Popular Markets

Deanna Ting, Skift

Does this mean short-term rental regulations are actually working? Or just that Airbnb’s business is maturing?

1 month ago

Everything AccorHotels Has Acquired and Invested in Over the Past Year

Everything AccorHotels Has Acquired and Invested in Over the Past Year

Deanna Ting, Skift

AccorHotels is buying up and/or investing in a lot of other companies in its pursuit to become an entirely new breed of hotel company.

1 month ago

Airbnb and the Plight of the Female Host and Traveler

Airbnb and the Plight of the Female Host and Traveler

Deanna Ting, Skift

Can Airbnb do a bit more to address the needs of female Airbnb hosts and guests? The short answer is yes.

2 months ago

Oasis CEO: Expect More Consolidation, Disruption From Alternative Accommodations

Oasis CEO: Expect More Consolidation, Disruption From Alternative Accommodations

Deanna Ting, Skift

Will Oasis and other alternative accommodations players' arguably steadier, slower, and more curated approaches to scale pay off in the long term? Or will the speed and scale of bigger players like Airbnb win out in the end?

2 months ago

In a Tough Seller’s Market, London Luxury Homeowners Turn to Airbnb

In a Tough Seller’s Market, London Luxury Homeowners Turn to Airbnb

Jack Sidders and Linly Lin, Bloomberg

Good news for short-term rental platforms like Airbnb, onefinestay, and others. Advertising homes as "Airbnb ready" is something you can expect to see more of in the next few years.

2 months ago

3 Ways Tujia Plans to Beat Airbnb’s New Strategy for China

3 Ways Tujia Plans to Beat Airbnb’s New Strategy for China

Deanna Ting, Skift

The reigning "Airbnb of China" is going all out to increase its competitive edge in the country as its leading homesharing platform.

2 months ago

This Is What Airbnb Trips Hosts Really Think of Airbnb’s Newest Product

This Is What Airbnb Trips Hosts Really Think of Airbnb’s Newest Product

Deanna Ting, Skift

Overall, the reviews are positive, but some have found the app to be glitchy at times. The bigger question on our minds: Can this prove to be a moneymaker for both hosts and for Airbnb in the long term?

2 months ago

Hawaii Tries a Light Touch for New Vacation Rental Regulations

Hawaii Tries a Light Touch for New Vacation Rental Regulations

Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press

We've yet to see a market where the carrot approach works better than the stick, and we're not optimistic about Hawaii’s hopes either.

2 months ago