Articles tagged “airbnb”

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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

Corporate Housing Is Getting (a Little) Less Boring

Corporate Housing Is Getting (a Little) Less Boring

Isaac Carey, Skift

Startup Zeus Living is shaking things up, providing corporate travelers with a more Airbnb-like experience. Hopefully it catches on.

2 months ago

Tourism Is Up: So Why Is New York City’s Hotel Room Revenue Slumping?

Tourism Is Up: So Why Is New York City’s Hotel Room Revenue Slumping?

Danni Santana, Skift

With so many hotel rooms in the pipeline, a turnaround of slower revenue-per-room growth in New York City is not expected until after 2020. It's a classic supply-and-demand problem, making it a delicate balance to get pricing power back in a city where tourism remains hot.

2 months ago

Marriott Plays Catch-Up on All-Inclusives as Rivals Push Into Resorts

Marriott Plays Catch-Up on All-Inclusives as Rivals Push Into Resorts

Danni Santana, Skift

After years of standing on the sidelines, the world's largest hotel chain has committed to growing its all-inclusive portfolio organically. Keep an eye on Latin America and the Caribbean, which will be huge test markets for whether Marriott goes global.

2 months ago

Airbnb Beat Expedia in Booked Room Nights

Airbnb Beat Expedia in Booked Room Nights

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Does anyone remember when Travelocity was the leading U.S. online travel agency? We're thinking about that because a milestone may have taken place in the first quarter when Airbnb attracted more room nights booked than did Expedia. What it does clearly show is that the online travel pecking order is very much in flux.

2 months ago

Barcelona Openings Underline a Luxury Market in Transition

Barcelona Openings Underline a Luxury Market in Transition

Samantha Shankman, Skift

Sophisticated serenity is the best way to describe luxury hospitality in the Catalan capital where troubles including sky-high petty crime rates, legality surrounding Airbnb, and political tensions bubble under the surface. For a city once considered the coolest in Europe, its development is useful to watch for other cities just now entering their gilded age of tourism.

2 months ago

The Standard Hotels’ One Night to Launch New App Where Customers Operate as Travel Advisors

The Standard Hotels’ One Night to Launch New App Where Customers Operate as Travel Advisors

Danni Santana, Skift

Crowdsourcing the booking process, if you will, is a smart strategy to make guests feel involved in the business.

2 months ago

Short-Term Rentals: How Professionalized Should They Become?

Short-Term Rentals: How Professionalized Should They Become?

Wouter Geerts, Skift Research

The short-term rental ecosystem, from property managers and platforms to business-to-business vendors, is rapidly expanding. As this continues, there is a fine balance to be struck where the sector professionalizes — without commercializing beyond recognition.

2 months ago

Don’t Expect Marriott’s Homesharing Business to Compete With Airbnb Just Yet

Don’t Expect Marriott’s Homesharing Business to Compete With Airbnb Just Yet

Danni Santana, Skift

Marriott took a big leap in launching its own short-term rental business to take on Airbnb. But it's definitely still too early to expect the world's largest hotel chain to challenge on that front.

2 months ago

Capturing the Short-Term Rental Ecosystem Beyond Airbnb: New Skift Research

Capturing the Short-Term Rental Ecosystem Beyond Airbnb: New Skift Research

Wouter Geerts, Skift Research

The short-term rental sector is rapidly expanding, and it is not just Airbnb, Vrbo, and Booking.com that benefit from this. A growing ecosystem of property managers and B2B vendors are professionalizing the sector, while making a decent penny.

2 months ago

How Can Airbnb Guests Live Like Locals if Hosts Are, Well, Corporations?

How Can Airbnb Guests Live Like Locals if Hosts Are, Well, Corporations?

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The professionalization of Airbnb may mean cleaner bedsheets and more front desks. But it may also contribute to higher home prices to the detriment of housing-squeezed neighborhoods — and a brand identity that is in dire need of a reboot.

2 months ago