Articles tagged “airbnb”

New Owner Airbnb Will Not Dilute the HotelTonight Brand, CEO of Booking App Says

New Owner Airbnb Will Not Dilute the HotelTonight Brand, CEO of Booking App Says

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Airbnb’s focus on adding independent hotels instead of all-and-sundry is a smart approach. The vacation rentals company made more than $1 billion in revenue for the second quarter and intends to go public during 2020. It can't afford to meddle with the model.

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Airbnb Says It Intends to Go Public in 2020

Airbnb Says It Intends to Go Public in 2020

Patrick Whyte, Skift

While $1 billion in revenue is impressive, it's not the first time Airbnb has achieved the number. What matters for the homesharing platform is the growth narrative. Now that the timing of the company's IPO is pegged for 2020, we know just how long we will have to wait to see how the story line plays out.

2 days ago

UK Regulator Persuades More Travel Brands to Stop Hate-Selling

UK Regulator Persuades More Travel Brands to Stop Hate-Selling

Patrick Whyte, Skift

It's 2019. Online travel agencies and hotels shouldn't still be using high-pressure tactics to get us to part with our money. There are much better ways. Hopefully the UK's action will spur other countries to do the same.

6 days ago

Skift Global Forum Preview: Why Airbnb Turned to HotelTonight for Its Data Savvy

Skift Global Forum Preview: Why Airbnb Turned to HotelTonight for Its Data Savvy

Sean O'Neill, Skift

HotelTonight's acquisition by Airbnb last March represented a happy outcome, but it wasn't inevitable. Back in 2015, HotelTonight faced layoffs and fundraising hiccups. Here, co-founder and CEO Sam Shank shares some of the ways he got his company back on track.

2 weeks ago

Airbnb Gets New Power to Inform on Rivals When They Are Scofflaws

Airbnb Gets New Power to Inform on Rivals When They Are Scofflaws

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Is the Boston-Airbnb settlement, which calls for short-term regulatory platforms to comply with a city ordinance, a model for future agreements? Too soon to tell but what's clear is that the alternative accommodations industry will one day transition from outliers to regulated entities.

2 weeks ago

Australia’s Uluru Sees Bright Future From Visitors Interested in More Than a Rock

Australia’s Uluru Sees Bright Future From Visitors Interested in More Than a Rock

Raini Hamdi, Skift

All roads lead to Uluru, even after October 26 when a ban to climb "The Rock" is put into effect. Customers are changing, a reason why it should all be rock-steady for the red desert in Australia's Northern Territory long after the ban is enforced.

3 weeks ago

Corporate Housing Is Getting (a Little) Less Boring

Corporate Housing Is Getting (a Little) Less Boring

Isaac Carey, Skift

Startup Zeus Living is shaking things up, providing corporate travelers with a more Airbnb-like experience. Hopefully it catches on.

3 weeks ago

Tourism Is Up: So Why Is New York City’s Hotel Room Revenue Slumping?

Tourism Is Up: So Why Is New York City’s Hotel Room Revenue Slumping?

Danni Santana, Skift

With so many hotel rooms in the pipeline, a turnaround of slower revenue-per-room growth in New York City is not expected until after 2020. It's a classic supply-and-demand problem, making it a delicate balance to get pricing power back in a city where tourism remains hot.

4 weeks ago

Marriott Plays Catch-Up on All-Inclusives as Rivals Push Into Resorts

Marriott Plays Catch-Up on All-Inclusives as Rivals Push Into Resorts

Danni Santana, Skift

After years of standing on the sidelines, the world's largest hotel chain has committed to growing its all-inclusive portfolio organically. Keep an eye on Latin America and the Caribbean, which will be huge test markets for whether Marriott goes global.

4 weeks ago

Airbnb Beat Expedia in Booked Room Nights

Airbnb Beat Expedia in Booked Room Nights

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Does anyone remember when Travelocity was the leading U.S. online travel agency? We're thinking about that because a milestone may have taken place in the first quarter when Airbnb attracted more room nights booked than did Expedia. What it does clearly show is that the online travel pecking order is very much in flux.

1 month ago

Barcelona Openings Underline a Luxury Market in Transition

Barcelona Openings Underline a Luxury Market in Transition

Samantha Shankman, Skift

Sophisticated serenity is the best way to describe luxury hospitality in the Catalan capital where troubles including sky-high petty crime rates, legality surrounding Airbnb, and political tensions bubble under the surface. For a city once considered the coolest in Europe, its development is useful to watch for other cities just now entering their gilded age of tourism.

1 month ago

The Standard Hotels’ One Night to Launch New App Where Customers Operate as Travel Advisors

The Standard Hotels’ One Night to Launch New App Where Customers Operate as Travel Advisors

Danni Santana, Skift

Crowdsourcing the booking process, if you will, is a smart strategy to make guests feel involved in the business.

1 month ago