Articles tagged “alternative accommodations”

Alternative Accommodations Are Growing Nearly Twice as Fast as Hotels in Europe: New Skift Research

Alternative Accommodations Are Growing Nearly Twice as Fast as Hotels in Europe: New Skift Research

Seth Borko, Skift Research

Alternative accommodations have long been more prominent in Europe than in the U.S. And that sector is only growing larger as it expands more than 1.7 times as fast as hotels on the continent.

4 days ago

Skift Global Forum Preview: Expedia CEO Plays the Long Game in Short-Term Rentals

Skift Global Forum Preview: Expedia CEO Plays the Long Game in Short-Term Rentals

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Is Airbnb going to eat Expedia's lunch? The brand name Vrbo, really? Expedia CEO Mark Okerstrom faces some real challenges as the online travel agency pecking order will likely be disrupted in coming years.

7 days ago

What’s Driving Europe’s Shifting Accommodation Industry: New Skift Research

What’s Driving Europe’s Shifting Accommodation Industry: New Skift Research

Seth Borko, Skift Research

The European Union is the largest tourism destination in the world. Its accommodation sector is critical infrastructure supporting all of those travelers. Understand what shifts are taking place not just at the top level but also across subsectors, countries, and companies.

2 weeks ago

Google Signals Its Vacation Rental Ambitions With Vacasa Direct-Connect

Google Signals Its Vacation Rental Ambitions With Vacasa Direct-Connect

Dennis Schaal, Skift

We've seen this playbook before. Google isn't making much money off its vacation rental business, and doesn't need to sweat it. With its domination of search, Google will take its time, build its global property numbers, and test what works. Competitors know what's coming.

2 weeks ago

Booking Holdings’ Push Into Homesharing Feels Like a Return to Its Roots

Booking Holdings’ Push Into Homesharing Feels Like a Return to Its Roots

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The hotel business was never an easy one for online travel companies. Far from it. But compared with the complexities of alternative accommodations, executives at Booking Holdings may come to regard the hotel business as a relative cakewalk.

2 weeks ago

Disney Unveils Star Wars Hotel That Isn’t a Hotel

Disney Unveils Star Wars Hotel That Isn’t a Hotel

Christopher Palmeri, Bloomberg

OK, if this isn't a hotel we'll have to put "space cruise" under the umbrella of alternative accommodations.

3 weeks 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.

1 month 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.

1 month ago

Hawaii Fears New Rental Law Will Crimp Lodging Supply

Hawaii Fears New Rental Law Will Crimp Lodging Supply

Associated Press

The 50th state is one place where vacation rentals are very welcomed.

1 month ago

The Next Phase of High-End Alternative Accommodations

The Next Phase of High-End Alternative Accommodations

Patrick Whyte, Skift

The concept of alternative accommodations encompasses so much. Even in the realm of high-end travelers, there are often multiple examples to choose from in the same place.

2 months ago

Luxury Accommodations Head Outdoors in Creative Ways

Luxury Accommodations Head Outdoors in Creative Ways

Laura Powell, Skift

We’ve been reporting on alternative luxury accommodations like glamping, yurts, and tiny homes for the past couple of years. But now the hotel-less caravansary is going one step beyond, offering a variety of alternative accommodations all in one location.

2 months ago

Expedia Still Has High Hopes for a Vrbo Bounce — Next Year

Expedia Still Has High Hopes for a Vrbo Bounce — Next Year

Dennis Schaal, Skift

When Expedia Group acquired HomeAway, now renamed Vrbo, in 2015, officials obviously knew they weren't getting an Airbnb. Still, they may have obtained less than they bargained for because the journey so far has been very bumpy.

2 months ago