Articles tagged “alternative accommodations”

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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.

6 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.

6 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.

6 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?

7 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.

7 months ago

MakeMyTrip and Oyo Downplay India Regulatory Probe

MakeMyTrip and Oyo Downplay India Regulatory Probe

Dennis Schaal, Skift

MakeMyTrip definitely faces some near-term challenges, but it doesn't consider a recently announced regulatory probe in India to be one of them.

7 months ago

Airbnb Makes Debut in Google Vacation Rentals — For Now

Airbnb Makes Debut in Google Vacation Rentals — For Now

Dennis Schaal, Skift

In online travel, everything is tactical and not necessarily permanent. But for now, at least, those coveted Airbnb listings are appearing in Google's vacation rental pages in some European cities. This could have big implications for both companies if those listings remain.

8 months ago

European Vacation Rental Business Awaze Targets More Acquisitions

European Vacation Rental Business Awaze Targets More Acquisitions

Patrick Whyte, Skift

The vacation rental sector is still pretty fragmented with plenty of single destination specialists still around. Awaze, with its private equity backing, wants to change this.

8 months ago

Airbnb Doubles Down on Professional Vacation Rentals in Resort Areas

Airbnb Doubles Down on Professional Vacation Rentals in Resort Areas

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The online juggernaut isn't satisfied with dominating urban markets. Airbnb wants to take the beaches and the mountains, too, in the battle for short-term rental bookings. So the company is becoming savvier in how it approaches local property managers.

8 months ago

Booking Holdings Is Withdrawing From Google Vacation Rentals

Booking Holdings Is Withdrawing From Google Vacation Rentals

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Behind the scenes, there may be abundant reasons that Booking Holdings and Airbnb, for that matter, won't be dabbling in Google's vacation rentals business for the time being. Perhaps they are seeking to boost direct traffic or are unhappy with the economics and user experience. Expedia may be positioned to take some advantage.

8 months 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.

8 months 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.

8 months ago