Articles tagged “airbnb”

Opening Closed Doors: Can Hotels Do More to Fight Human Trafficking?

Opening Closed Doors: Can Hotels Do More to Fight Human Trafficking?

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Human trafficking touches every corner of the travel industry — especially hotels. And while the accommodations sector didn't create the problem, it does have an elevated responsibility to put an end to it. The question is: How effective have the industry's efforts been so far?

3 days ago

Tripadvisor to Lay Off 200 Workers With Experiences Business in Line of Fire

Tripadvisor to Lay Off 200 Workers With Experiences Business in Line of Fire

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Along with its dining reservations business, Tripadvisor's tours and activities unit had been a bright spot. But well-funded competitors such as GetYourGuide and Klook have tightened the race, and Tripadvisor is feeling it.

3 days ago

6 Takeaways From Airbnb’s Manifesto on Stakeholder Capitalism Ahead of Davos

6 Takeaways From Airbnb’s Manifesto on Stakeholder Capitalism Ahead of Davos

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Airbnb has legions of critics, and it knows that its articulated stakeholder goals will get intense scrutiny. But if the company turns some of these corporate governance aspirations into reality, then it could emerge looking pretty good compared with many established travel industry companies offering just lip service.

1 week ago

Google Vacation Rental Partners Diverge on Whether to Name Guests in Reviews

Google Vacation Rental Partners Diverge on Whether to Name Guests in Reviews

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Booking sites' guests reviews on Google have been a highly charged issue for years. The latest is that Airbnb and TripAdvisor are willingly giving Google their guest reviews of vacation rentals, but they are busy figuring out how not to give away the store in the process.

2 weeks ago

Airbnb Goes Hollywood to Amp Up Party House Crackdown

Airbnb Goes Hollywood to Amp Up Party House Crackdown

Danielle Hyams, Skift

Airbnb chose Tinseltown to audaciously begin cracking down on party houses. Good PR. Expect to see more adjustments in Airbnb policy as it moves forward with an emphasis on community safety and standards.

3 weeks ago

Latest Funding for The Guild Showcases New Housing Model for Business Travelers

Latest Funding for The Guild Showcases New Housing Model for Business Travelers

Nancy Trejos, Skift

The Guild, a hospitality startup, is not quite a hotel but not quite Airbnb. It's betting on $25 million in new funding to expand its apartment-like accommodations to urban centers to attract more business travelers.

3 weeks ago

Airbnb Hosts Asked by Police in North Carolina to Register Properties to Prevent Unruly Parties

Airbnb Hosts Asked by Police in North Carolina to Register Properties to Prevent Unruly Parties

Associated Press

Airbnb is taking measures to verify its listings as a safety measure, but it looks like police want more, like this request for hosts to register in North Carolina. Good idea.

4 weeks ago

The Most Important Story in Online Travel in 2019

The Most Important Story in Online Travel in 2019

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Airbnb overtook Expedia in room nights booked in the first quarter of 2019, but questions loom for 2020. Will Airbnb lose its focus as it vows to go public and become a broader online travel agency? Will Expedia, which seems lost in terms of creating a revised strategy, find its way? So many headlines to come.

4 weeks ago

The Most Important Story in Hotels in 2019

The Most Important Story in Hotels in 2019

Nancy Trejos, Skift

The tug-of-war between hotels and short-term rentals intensified in 2019, with both sides making strategic moves to display their strength. There were wins and losses for everyone, and the result so far has been a deeper blurring of the lines between the two sectors.

1 month ago

Hotel and Short-Term Rental Players Face Off Over Regulation

Hotel and Short-Term Rental Players Face Off Over Regulation

Spencer Lee, Skift

Nobody has found the best formula for regulation of the short-term rental industry. But hotel groups and rental platforms both realize that the outcomes of early battles will set precedents for future laws. This might explain why they are so willing to confront and call each other out publicly.

1 month ago

Europe’s Top Court Sides With Airbnb in a Major Case Brought by Hotels in France

Europe’s Top Court Sides With Airbnb in a Major Case Brought by Hotels in France

Associated Press, Associated Press

Airbnb has staked its entire model on the sometimes-tenuous idea that it's not an accommodation provider, but a digital platform. The company will be relieved to find that Europe's top court agrees.

1 month ago

Airbnb Will Roll Out Policy That Aims to Protect Hosts From Scheming Guests

Airbnb Will Roll Out Policy That Aims to Protect Hosts From Scheming Guests

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Many Airbnb hosts of the mom-and-pop variety — yes, there are a few left — feel aggrieved when they welcome guests into their homes and have to bear the consequences of hostile reviews penned with the worst intentions. Airbnb is trying to tip the balance back toward hosts — and is probably making neither party totally happy.

1 month ago