Articles tagged “airbnb”

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.

7 days ago

Does Airbnb Really Need to Join Google’s New Vacation Rental Business?

Does Airbnb Really Need to Join Google’s New Vacation Rental Business?

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Do or die? Test and learn? Now or never? As Airbnb marches toward going public in 2020, a key question in many minds will be how Airbnb deals with Google — and at what price. There are no slam-dunk answers.

1 week ago

Announcing Skift Short-Term Rental Summit on December 5, New York City

Announcing Skift Short-Term Rental Summit on December 5, New York City

Brian Quinn, Skift

The short-term rental sector is rapidly expanding. Beyond key platforms in this sector, there is a growing ecosystem of property managers, startups and vendors that are competing to commercialize this space as regulators consider the rules and who's responsible for enforcing them. Find out who's joining Airbnb at this house party.

1 week ago

Google Elevates Vacation Rentals With Hotel-Like Treatment in Search

Google Elevates Vacation Rentals With Hotel-Like Treatment in Search

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Google is following its hotel playbook in giving its own vacation rental and apartments business preferential treatment in Google search. As antitrust regulators take a look at Google's practices, and if travel is part of the review, this twist will be high on the agenda.

1 week ago

Airbnb Launches Its First Animal-Friendly Experiences Category

Airbnb Launches Its First Animal-Friendly Experiences Category

Jasmine Ganaishlal, Skift

Airbnb Experiences continues to expand as the company launches its first animal-friendly category. The company encourages animal lovers to put away their tech devices with the funny dog videos and connect with wildlife in a safer environment. It's just good business for Airbnb too.

2 weeks ago

Why Airbnb Won’t Do an Initial Public Offering in 2020

Why Airbnb Won’t Do an Initial Public Offering in 2020

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Airbnb has always put itself out there as not just another startup or your grandmother's online travel agency. Going the direct listing route, as opposed to a far costlier initial public offering, could fit in nicely with that narrative.

3 weeks ago

New Owner Airbnb Will Not Dilute the HotelTonight Brand, CEO of Booking App Says

New Owner Airbnb Will Not Dilute the HotelTonight Brand, CEO of Booking App Says

Raini Hamdi, Skift

Airbnb’s focus on adding independent hotels instead of all-and-sundry is a smart approach. The vacation rentals company made more than $1 billion in revenue for the second quarter and intends to go public during 2020. It can't afford to meddle with the model.

4 weeks ago

Airbnb Says It Intends to Go Public in 2020

Airbnb Says It Intends to Go Public in 2020

Patrick Whyte, Skift

While $1 billion in revenue is impressive, it's not the first time Airbnb has achieved the number. What matters for the homesharing platform is the growth narrative. Now that the timing of the company's IPO is pegged for 2020, we know just how long we will have to wait to see how the story line plays out.

4 weeks ago

UK Regulator Persuades More Travel Brands to Stop Hate-Selling

UK Regulator Persuades More Travel Brands to Stop Hate-Selling

Patrick Whyte, Skift

It's 2019. Online travel agencies and hotels shouldn't still be using high-pressure tactics to get us to part with our money. There are much better ways. Hopefully the UK's action will spur other countries to do the same.

4 weeks ago

Skift Global Forum Preview: Why Airbnb Turned to HotelTonight for Its Data Savvy

Skift Global Forum Preview: Why Airbnb Turned to HotelTonight for Its Data Savvy

Sean O'Neill, Skift

HotelTonight's acquisition by Airbnb last March represented a happy outcome, but it wasn't inevitable. Back in 2015, HotelTonight faced layoffs and fundraising hiccups. Here, co-founder and CEO Sam Shank shares some of the ways he got his company back on track.

1 month ago

Airbnb Gets New Power to Inform on Rivals When They Are Scofflaws

Airbnb Gets New Power to Inform on Rivals When They Are Scofflaws

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Is the Boston-Airbnb settlement, which calls for short-term regulatory platforms to comply with a city ordinance, a model for future agreements? Too soon to tell but what's clear is that the alternative accommodations industry will one day transition from outliers to regulated entities.

1 month ago

Australia’s Uluru Sees Bright Future From Visitors Interested in More Than a Rock

Australia’s Uluru Sees Bright Future From Visitors Interested in More Than a Rock

Raini Hamdi, Skift

All roads lead to Uluru, even after October 26 when a ban to climb "The Rock" is put into effect. Customers are changing, a reason why it should all be rock-steady for the red desert in Australia's Northern Territory long after the ban is enforced.

2 months ago