Articles tagged “airbnb”

Airbnb Leads New $160 Million Funding for Short-Term Rental Brand Lyric

Airbnb Leads New $160 Million Funding for Short-Term Rental Brand Lyric

Deanna Ting, Skift

Can you be both a marketplace and a supplier at the same time? Airbnb certainly seems interested in testing that theory out.

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Skift Forum Asia: Why Oyo’s Founder Calls Himself the Chief Clarity Officer

Skift Forum Asia: Why Oyo’s Founder Calls Himself the Chief Clarity Officer

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Who has ever built a portfolio of half a million rooms in six years? Oyo, that’s who. And founder and CEO Ritesh Agarwal, who will be speaking at the first Skift Forum Asia on May 27, says his journey has just begun.

2 days ago

China’s Skyrocketing Homesharing Still Needs Greater Variety on Listings

China’s Skyrocketing Homesharing Still Needs Greater Variety on Listings

Ritesh Gupta, China Travel News

Domestic and foreign travelers are going beyond tier 1 and tier 2 Chinese cities, and homesharing players go where they go. Fortunately there isn’t a lack of homes to list. A problem that’s creeping up is a lack of differentiation among players.

4 days ago

Airbnb Reverses Decision to Boycott West Bank

Airbnb Reverses Decision to Boycott West Bank

Olivia Carville, Bloomberg

Airbnb finds the middle ground with the issue of disputed territories including the West Bank, South Ossetia, and Abkhazia by allowing listings in these areas but take no money. Profits will be donated to charitable organizations. Wise.

1 week ago

Lyft IPO Teaches Lessons to Other Rising Travel Startups

Lyft IPO Teaches Lessons to Other Rising Travel Startups

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Several travel startups dream of going public. Lyft's initial public offering shows that profitability isn't necessarily as important as growth in the eyes of some investors, among some other key lessons.

2 weeks ago

MGM Resorts’ New Exec Hire Signals a Transformation to an Experience Platform

MGM Resorts’ New Exec Hire Signals a Transformation to an Experience Platform

Deanna Ting, Skift

It likely won't be the only, or the last, hospitality company to do the same.

2 weeks ago

Airbnb Will Invest Up to $200 Million in India’s Budget Hotel Chain Oyo

Airbnb Will Invest Up to $200 Million in India’s Budget Hotel Chain Oyo

Raini Hamdi, Skift

So it's finally confirmed. Airbnb is investing up to $200 million in India's budget hotel chain Oyo, a deal that India Oyo observers say has big upsides for both companies.

2 weeks ago

Airbnb Tells Judge It Didn’t Control Illegal NYC Hotels

Airbnb Tells Judge It Didn’t Control Illegal NYC Hotels

Erik Larson, Bloomberg

Skift has been reporting on this for years. Like every other major corporation, Airbnb needs to let outsiders see it's real numbers. Until that happens, the playing field is not level.

3 weeks ago

Airbnb Says It Has Hosted More Than Half a Billion Travelers Since Its Launch

Airbnb Says It Has Hosted More Than Half a Billion Travelers Since Its Launch

Deanna Ting, Skift

Context is everything, and it’s hard to have that when the company reporting a bunch of facts and figures makes it hard to have comparisons to past data. We can’t wait to see that S-1 filing, eventually.

3 weeks ago

Airbnb’s Potential Investment in Oyo, Explained

Airbnb’s Potential Investment in Oyo, Explained

Deanna Ting and Sean O'Neill, Skift

This year is shaping up to be the year when Airbnb gets all of its ducks in a row before the big IPO. Investing in adjacent businesses like Oyo is a major part of that strategy. But will any of this ultimately matter — or make a difference — once the company goes public?

4 weeks ago

Skift Forum Europe: Ennismore CEO Sharan Pasricha on Reimagining Hospitality

Skift Forum Europe: Ennismore CEO Sharan Pasricha on Reimagining Hospitality

Deanna Ting, Skift

The success of Ennismore’s Hoxton hotels brand is founded on the fact that you don’t have to completely reinvent something to make it exciting or lasting. You just need to know what elements bring you — and your guests — joy (while also making a profit).

4 weeks ago

What Marriott’s CEO Had to Say About Airbnb, Amazon and Google

What Marriott’s CEO Had to Say About Airbnb, Amazon and Google

Deanna Ting, Skift

Unlike some of its hotel peers, Marriott isn't giving up on its hopes of being the world's favorite travel company.

4 weeks ago