Articles tagged “airbnb”

Every Travel Tech Company Calls Itself a Platform: Why That’s Silly

Every Travel Tech Company Calls Itself a Platform: Why That’s Silly

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Travel tech's "platformania" may be cooling off. One reason is fiercer competition, according to a new study.

2 days ago

Airbnb Offers Greater Price Transparency in Europe After Regulatory Threats

Airbnb Offers Greater Price Transparency in Europe After Regulatory Threats

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Once again — and this time it's the issue of pricing transparency in alternative lodging — European regulators are out in front of their counterparts in other parts of the world, including those in the United States. Travelers shouldn't have to be detectives in trying to figure out what their lodging tab will be.

1 week ago

Hotel Startup Life House’s Hedge: Selling Its Own Tech as Well as Rooms

Hotel Startup Life House’s Hedge: Selling Its Own Tech as Well as Rooms

Danni Santana, Skift

The lifestyle hotel space has gotten very crowded, especially over the last 18 months. But it appears Life House has a viable fallback plan in place in case expansion plans don't work out.

2 weeks ago

Boutique Rental Brand Sonder Raises Another $225 Million

Boutique Rental Brand Sonder Raises Another $225 Million

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Sonder's hotel-style serviced apartments operate in that sweet spot between Airbnb homeshares and full-on hotels. There are, of course, plenty of rivals doing a similar thing, but this funding round will enable Sonder to expand its business and give it a competitive edge.

2 weeks ago

Oyo Is Betting U.S. Strategy on Aggressive Dynamic Pricing

Oyo Is Betting U.S. Strategy on Aggressive Dynamic Pricing

Danni Santana, Skift

Oyo's dynamic pricing strategy could turn out to be a bit of a double-edged sword in the U.S., where the company faces greater competition. On one hand occupancy is sure to go up for many of its hotel partners, but if a majority of rooms are booked last-minute at incredibly low prices, hotel managers can start enduring some losses.

2 weeks ago

Hawaii Vacation Rental Crackdown Starts With Honolulu Mayor

Hawaii Vacation Rental Crackdown Starts With Honolulu Mayor

The Associated Press

Short-term rentals are a hot button topic in Hawaii, and the Honolulu mayor just turned up the heat.

3 weeks ago

Marriott Exec: We Want to Be Involved in Travel Beyond 4 Walls of a Hotel

Marriott Exec: We Want to Be Involved in Travel Beyond 4 Walls of a Hotel

Danni Santana, Skift

Marriott's strategy for becoming part of a customer's entire travel journey, from booking to checkout, is tied heavily to its Bonvoy loyalty program. The more kinds of products the company offers, the more likely it will get what it wants.

4 weeks ago

Airbnb’s Around-the-World Trip Promotion Gets Off to a Rocky Start

Airbnb’s Around-the-World Trip Promotion Gets Off to a Rocky Start

Dennis Schaal, Skift

This promotional tour from Airbnb to tout Airbnb Adventures clearly backfired because of traveler outrage and difficulties in booking and paying for the one-time trip. It's not an opportune start for Airbnb's tour initiative, which may be a tad more complex than Airbnb anticipates.

4 weeks ago

Why Etraveli’s Airline Tech Deal Could Catch Airbnb’s Eye

Why Etraveli’s Airline Tech Deal Could Catch Airbnb’s Eye

Sean O'Neill, Skift

We don't know much about Airbnb's thinking about launching a flights product, but an unrelated acquisition by Etraveli Group shines a light on some of the business issues Airbnb needs to consider as it crafts a strategy.

4 weeks ago

Luxury Travelers Want to Spend on Self-Care

Luxury Travelers Want to Spend on Self-Care

Leslie Barrie, Skift

There’s now a wellness-themed trip out there for almost every traveler’s wants, whether that’s an ultra-exclusive self-care summit or an intense hiking tour in a remote locale. So it comes as no surprise that the already booming wellness industry is now benefiting from people hitting the road.

1 month ago

European Cities Turn to EU for Help in Battle Against Airbnb

European Cities Turn to EU for Help in Battle Against Airbnb

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Until Airbnb becomes more forthcoming about the information in its listings, which would enable cities to enforce their local regulations, the company will continue to face opposition from municipalities that want to limit its growth.

1 month ago

Vietnam’s Homesharing Surge Creates Bargains for Travelers

Vietnam’s Homesharing Surge Creates Bargains for Travelers

Raini Hamdi, Skift

The Vietnamese are known for their entrepreneurial spirit. A growth spurt in homesharing listings shows how eagerly they have sought a share of the tourism boom. But yields are falling even as the supply of homes and hotels are continuing to increase. Crunch time is near or perhaps even here.

1 month ago