Articles tagged “airbnb”

Airbnb Now Completely Overwhelms Some U.S. Cities

Airbnb Now Completely Overwhelms Some U.S. Cities

Luke McGrath, Bloomberg

It's not all bad news, though. Some smaller cities, looking to grow their local tourism market, have developed a good working relationship with the startup.

5 days ago

Airbnb Finally Embraces Verified Listings After Halloween Deaths

Airbnb Finally Embraces Verified Listings After Halloween Deaths

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Airbnb has avoided these policies under the guise of being just a platform, much like the rest of the tech platform companies. We just hope at some point that tragedies are not the only way to propel change that lots of stakeholders have been asking for all along.

1 week ago

Airbnb Loses Jersey City Homesharing Vote in Landslide Despite Massively Outspending the Opposition

Airbnb Loses Jersey City Homesharing Vote in Landslide Despite Massively Outspending the Opposition

Olivia Carville, Bloomberg

Jersey City, a large New Jersey municipality on the outskirts of New York City, where Airbnb faces stiff regulation, handed Airbnb a huge defeat by adopting sensible homesharing restrictions. Is this a trend in the making?

1 week ago

Airbnb Attempts to Ban Party Houses After Multiple Deaths in California Shooting

Airbnb Attempts to Ban Party Houses After Multiple Deaths in California Shooting

Dennis Schaal, Skift

House parties and out-of-control guests are the scourge of Airbnb and other short-term rental platforms. The industry has to fix this — fast.

2 weeks ago

Facebook Removes Airbnb Host Group That Ridiculed Guests

Facebook Removes Airbnb Host Group That Ridiculed Guests

Dennis Schaal, Skift

When guests stay in short-term rentals, they shouldn't have to worry that hosts might be sharing their intimate photos and personal information on Facebook, whether it be in nominally private groups or not. Airbnb, Vrbo, Facebook, and others need to be more vigilant so that their hosts aren't violating privacy policies on their platforms or elsewhere.

2 weeks ago

Online Travel Agency Giants Are on the Backfoot in Tours and Experiences

Online Travel Agency Giants Are on the Backfoot in Tours and Experiences

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Expedia, Booking.com, and Ctrip are boosting the supply of sightseeing and experiences options that can be booked in merely a few clicks. But several factors are complicating any plans they may have to dominate bookings in this sector the way they have in flights and hotels.

2 weeks ago

Airbnb Invests in Tiqets for Experiences That Are Not, Well, Unique

Airbnb Invests in Tiqets for Experiences That Are Not, Well, Unique

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Airbnb may never become a clone of its online travel agency competitors, but it will eventually go more mainstream to attract a wider range of travelers and locals, as the Tiqets investment suggests.

2 weeks ago

Airbnb Makes Debut in Google Vacation Rentals — For Now

Airbnb Makes Debut in Google Vacation Rentals — For Now

Dennis Schaal, Skift

In online travel, everything is tactical and not necessarily permanent. But for now, at least, those coveted Airbnb listings are appearing in Google's vacation rental pages in some European cities. This could have big implications for both companies if those listings remain.

3 weeks ago

Did Airbnb’s Contrarian Narrative Just Get Messed Up?

Did Airbnb’s Contrarian Narrative Just Get Messed Up?

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Airbnb is on a path toward spending as much as $2 billion in sales and marketing in 2019. When you consider that Airbnb will likely have to start spending more with Google as it adds more hotels onto its platform, then the company's supposed competitive advantage over Booking Holdings and Expedia Group on that front appears a little less attractive.

4 weeks ago

Airbnb Doubles Down on Professional Vacation Rentals in Resort Areas

Airbnb Doubles Down on Professional Vacation Rentals in Resort Areas

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The online juggernaut isn't satisfied with dominating urban markets. Airbnb wants to take the beaches and the mountains, too, in the battle for short-term rental bookings. So the company is becoming savvier in how it approaches local property managers.

1 month ago

Announcing the First Round of Speakers for Skift Short-Term Rental Summit

Announcing the First Round of Speakers for Skift Short-Term Rental Summit

Brian Quinn, Skift

We’re diving deeper into the fast-changing world of the short-term rental sector with this first-ever Skift Summit. Here’s what you can expect to learn and who you'll hear from at our inaugural event.

1 month ago

Airbnb to Shuffle the Leadership of Experiences Business at Critical Juncture

Airbnb to Shuffle the Leadership of Experiences Business at Critical Juncture

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Is everything on target in the evolution of Airbnb's Experiences business? It's clearly not profitable yet after three years, and the leadership change at the top signals problems. That doesn't mean it's fatally flawed although this isn't precisely the portrait you want to paint on the cusp of Airbnb going public next year.

1 month ago