Articles tagged “airbnb”

Airbnb Plus Is All But Abandoned as a Grand Dream That Never Met Expectations

Airbnb Plus Is All But Abandoned as a Grand Dream That Never Met Expectations

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The Airbnb Plus vision to have a portion of its listings meet hotel-like standards was sound. But the execution was lousy, and the exclusivity requirement was a big barrier.

6 days ago

Trump’s Social Media Executive Order Poses Threat to Airbnb, Tripadvisor, Google and Yelp

Trump’s Social Media Executive Order Poses Threat to Airbnb, Tripadvisor, Google and Yelp

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The liability protections that online travel businesses such as Airbnb, Google and Tripadvisor enjoy under the Communications Decency Act could be collateral damage in President Trump's effort to go after Twitter and Google for what he views as "censorship" or biased coverage.

7 days ago

Expedia Launches a $275 Million Partner Recovery Plan That’s Very Different From Airbnb’s

Expedia Launches a $275 Million Partner Recovery Plan That’s Very Different From Airbnb’s

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Airbnb would have been eviscerated had it focused on a relief package for hosts that was primarily marketing credits. Expedia's recovery plan for partners isn't philanthropy, but although the company will likely take a revenue hit, it will benefit from increased partner engagement as the travel industry bounces back.

1 week ago

Expedia Shuts a Short-Term Rental Biz It Created From 2 Acquisitions

Expedia Shuts a Short-Term Rental Biz It Created From 2 Acquisitions

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Expedia Group is trying to simplify its far-flung operations, and its multifamily, short-term rental business wasn't a core endeavor. That's especially true when you consider how Covid-19 has decimated demand for such properties in urban areas.

1 week ago

Expedia Group CEO Peter Kern on Navigating a Frenemy Relationship With Airbnb

Expedia Group CEO Peter Kern on Navigating a Frenemy Relationship With Airbnb

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Many companies won't reopen for business when coronavirus ebbs, but two that will definitely still be left standing will be Expedia Group and Airbnb. They could potentially find ways to cooperate in the face of bigger threats in the form of Google and Booking.com.

2 weeks ago

Your Guide to Hotel Companies’ Coronavirus Safety and Cleaning Initiatives

Your Guide to Hotel Companies’ Coronavirus Safety and Cleaning Initiatives

Cameron Sperance, Skift

Hotel companies' similar new and heightened health and safety standards don't leave a lot of room for brand distinction unless the brand is the one lacking a new approach to cleaning.

2 weeks ago

Airbnb CEO Tells Hosts Success Against Hotel Competitors Hinges on Adopting Cleaning Protocols

Airbnb CEO Tells Hosts Success Against Hotel Competitors Hinges on Adopting Cleaning Protocols

Dennis Schaal, Skift

It's a good idea that Brian Chesky is now doing weekly videos with hosts. It would be more effective — but admittedly riskier — if he took live questions. It will be a long process to rebuild trust from hosts because so many feel burned by the company's coronavirus refund policy.

3 weeks ago

Airbnb Slump Means European Cities Can Try to Retake Control of Apartments

Airbnb Slump Means European Cities Can Try to Retake Control of Apartments

Jon Henley, Stephen Burgen and Rory Carroll, The Guardian

Short-term rental hosts are turning to traditional apartment rentals during the coronavirus crisis, but no one knows how they will react when tourists eventually return.

4 weeks ago

European Travel Ban Came Too Late and 11 Other Top Coronavirus Travel Stories This Week

European Travel Ban Came Too Late and 11 Other Top Coronavirus Travel Stories This Week

Dennis Schaal, Skift

In coronavirus-related travel stories this week, Skift covered the tardiness of banning European travel to the United States, Airbnb and Trivago's workforce cuts, staycations, Hilton's views on drive vacations, and Alaska Airlines' bets on its agility with domestic travelers.

4 weeks ago

Airbnb Cuts 25 Percent of Workforce and Downsizes Hotel Investments

Airbnb Cuts 25 Percent of Workforce and Downsizes Hotel Investments

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Welcome to a more focused Airbnb, one that is about homes, and not hotels and luxury properties. This may not bode well for a public offering.

1 month ago

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Sells All of Its Airline Shares

Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway Sells All of Its Airline Shares

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Warren Buffett provided a no-confidence vote in the near-future of U.S. airlines, but elsewhere in travel private equity firms are betting billions of dollars that Expedia Group and Airbnb will emerge from the coronavirus crisis in relatively strong positions. Uncertainty reigns.

1 month ago

Chinese Online Platforms View the Great Travel Recovery as a Drawn-Out Process

Chinese Online Platforms View the Great Travel Recovery as a Drawn-Out Process

Dennis Schaal, Skift

An unfortunate first-mover in the pandemic, China, in turn, got an early start on its travel recovery. But officials at major travel companies there view a robust bounce back as taking a year or longer — and much of that pace depends on how quickly coronavirus gets neutralized in the rest of the world.

1 month ago