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Articles tagged “alternative accommodations”

Tripadvisor Is Trying to Sell Its Vacation Rental Businesses

Tripadvisor Is Trying to Sell Its Vacation Rental Businesses

Dennis Schaal , Skift

Some might consider it ironic that there's been a lot of talk about the possibility of Expedia Group shedding assets, but Tripadvisor is the one actively trying to sell its vacation rental businesses. There has been speculation for some time that Tripadvisor would make such a move — and now it's actually happening.

3 weeks ago

Airbnb-Backed Rental Manager Lyric Restructures to Focus Just on Key Cities

Airbnb-Backed Rental Manager Lyric Restructures to Focus Just on Key Cities

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Restructuring in itself isn't necessarily the worst thing in the world for a company, although fired employees might not see it that way. This is at least the second recent and high-profile Airbnb investment. The other, with Oyo, doesn't appear to be proceeding according to plan, either.

1 month ago

Trivago Tests New Marketing Strategy and Products After ‘Rough’ Fourth Quarter

Trivago Tests New Marketing Strategy and Products After ‘Rough’ Fourth Quarter

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Trivago CEO Axel Hefer said the company will focus on those things it can control. But the issue for Trivago and some competitors is that there is so much they can't control, including Google's incursions, the rise of Airbnb, and the whims of major online travel agency advertisers when they cut their metasearch spend.

2 months ago

Short-Term Rentals a Key Factor in Sluggish Hotel Rate Growth

Short-Term Rentals a Key Factor in Sluggish Hotel Rate Growth

Dennis Schaal , Skift

U.S. hoteliers are finding their pricing options constrained because of an influx of both short-term rental supply during peak periods, and because of hotel construction. Hoteliers may decide to get into the short-term rental market or not, but they increasingly have to take it into account when fine-tuning pricing strategies.

2 months ago

Sonder Adds Former Starwood Hotels CEO to Board

Sonder Adds Former Starwood Hotels CEO to Board

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Adding someone as experienced as Frits van Paasschen to its board is a sure sign that Sonder is serious about making a big leap forward in 2020.

2 months ago

6 Takeaways From Airbnb’s Manifesto on Stakeholder Capitalism Ahead of Davos

6 Takeaways From Airbnb’s Manifesto on Stakeholder Capitalism Ahead of Davos

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Airbnb has legions of critics, and it knows that its articulated stakeholder goals will get intense scrutiny. But if the company turns some of these corporate governance aspirations into reality, then it could emerge looking pretty good compared with many established travel industry companies offering just lip service.

3 months ago

Google Vacation Rental Partners Diverge on Whether to Name Guests in Reviews

Google Vacation Rental Partners Diverge on Whether to Name Guests in Reviews

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Booking sites' guests reviews on Google have been a highly charged issue for years. The latest is that Airbnb and TripAdvisor are willingly giving Google their guest reviews of vacation rentals, but they are busy figuring out how not to give away the store in the process.

3 months ago

Airbnb Will Roll Out Policy That Aims to Protect Hosts From Scheming Guests

Airbnb Will Roll Out Policy That Aims to Protect Hosts From Scheming Guests

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Many Airbnb hosts of the mom-and-pop variety — yes, there are a few left — feel aggrieved when they welcome guests into their homes and have to bear the consequences of hostile reviews penned with the worst intentions. Airbnb is trying to tip the balance back toward hosts — and is probably making neither party totally happy.

4 months ago

5 Smart Insights for the Short-Term Rental Industry

5 Smart Insights for the Short-Term Rental Industry

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The short-term rental market is a long-term growth sector. Yet its dynamics are being upended as professional management becomes popular and online travel companies seek smarter ways to sell the lodging. Here are several takeaways from Skift's first event to focus on the sector's opportunities.

4 months ago

Italy Revives Abandoned Villages as Experiential Travel Destinations

Italy Revives Abandoned Villages as Experiential Travel Destinations

Laura Powell, Skift

While every destination tries to offer authenticity, few really deliver. But in Italy, scores of local passion projects are serving up the real deal — while helping rural areas make a comeback in a sustainable way.

4 months ago

Airbnb Chief Operating Officer to Leave Her Post on the Cusp of Going Public in 2020

Airbnb Chief Operating Officer to Leave Her Post on the Cusp of Going Public in 2020

Dennis Schaal, Skift

It's all about its anticipated public offering at Airbnb these days. Shore up the plethora of safety issues, make peace with regulators, and bring in seasoned operational executives that the Wall Street crowd will look favorably upon. Was Belinda Johnson a casualty in that push?

5 months ago

Vrbo Shuffles Leadership as Latest Expedia Group Reorganization Moves Take Shape

Vrbo Shuffles Leadership as Latest Expedia Group Reorganization Moves Take Shape

Dennis Schaal, Skift

No pain, no gain, right? Expedia's Vrbo unit, which is almost an afterthought when it comes to discussions about Airbnb, Booking.com, and Google, has been undergoing a difficult transition. In itself, changing the leadership isn't the answer, but along with other changes, perhaps it won't hurt.

5 months ago