Articles tagged “homeaway”

Expedia Faces Stiff Headwinds in Rebranded Short-Term Rental Business

Expedia Faces Stiff Headwinds in Rebranded Short-Term Rental Business

Dennis Schaal, Skift

When Expedia announced the acquisition of HomeAway in 2015, then-CFO Mark Okerstrom called it "a huge opportunity on a go-forward basis." Today, it still is, but now-CEO Okerstrom said the short-term rental business must strive to gain "harder yards." The ground game is tougher than anyone realized.

2 months ago

Marriott Is Officially Getting Into the Homesharing Business

Marriott Is Officially Getting Into the Homesharing Business

Deanna Ting, Skift

This news will trigger responses from elated to downright furious, whether you're a Bonvoy member, Marriott hotel owner, a property manager, or just someone concerned about the growth of homesharing around the world.

3 months ago

Airbnb, HomeAway Lose a Key Regulatory Battle in Southern California

Airbnb, HomeAway Lose a Key Regulatory Battle in Southern California

Edvard Pettersson, Bloomberg

What happens in Santa Monica could have serious implications for what ultimately happens in other cities throughout the U.S., New York City included.

4 months ago

Airbnb, HomeAway and Others Form International Vacation Rental Group in Japan

Airbnb, HomeAway and Others Form International Vacation Rental Group in Japan

Raini Hamdi, Skift

The big vacation rental players have formed an association in Japan, with the blessing of the Japan Tourism Agency. It may be a model for other Asian countries to follow.

7 months ago

Expedia to Hoteliers: Vacation Rentals Won’t Steal Your Business

Expedia to Hoteliers: Vacation Rentals Won’t Steal Your Business

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Expedia officials can try to assure hoteliers that the rise of alternative accommodations is no big deal for their businesses. But you can be certain that figuring out how to manage this changing dynamic is of paramount concern for all parties involved.

7 months ago

Booking Unveils Host Tools as Short-Term Rental Rivals Address Their Weaknesses

Booking Unveils Host Tools as Short-Term Rental Rivals Address Their Weaknesses

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Booking.com wants to service professional managers while going after individual vacation rental owners, too. Airbnb wants to tap into the professional-manager set while branching out into resort areas, and HomeAway wants to get more urban. These companies' offerings will converge, and it's likely their business models will, too.

9 months ago

The Bigger Promise of Voice in Hospitality Could Be With Vacation Rentals

The Bigger Promise of Voice in Hospitality Could Be With Vacation Rentals

Deanna Ting, Skift

Voice has tremendous potential to transform the vacation rental or private accommodation experience as we know it — but are we there yet? And if not, how do we get there?

9 months ago

Expedia CEO Insists That Online Travel Agencies Aren’t Over

Expedia CEO Insists That Online Travel Agencies Aren’t Over

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The biggest knock on the online travel agencies these days is that the competition is intense and that their golden years are done. Expedia's Mark Okerstrom counters that his company has a single-digit share of a $1.6 trillion market, and he's going wide and deep to pick up more. The jury is still out.

9 months ago

Airbnb and HomeAway Face Judge Scrutiny in Santa Monica Over Short-Term Rental Laws

Airbnb and HomeAway Face Judge Scrutiny in Santa Monica Over Short-Term Rental Laws

Edvard Pettersson, Bloomberg

Slowly but surely, Airbnb and HomeAway are finding that their previous defenses for failing to comply with short-term rental regulations are no longer cutting it.

9 months ago

Thomas Cook Looks to Expedia for Vacation Rental Access

Thomas Cook Looks to Expedia for Vacation Rental Access

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Offering vacation rentals to customers might be some way off, but it shows Thomas Cook is at least thinking creatively about its place in the travel industry. If it is something people want — and they clearly do — then the company needs to at least consider it.

10 months ago

Booking Holdings’ Agoda Takes a Distinctive Approach on Short-Term Rentals

10 months ago

Expedia CEO to Airbnb and Booking: Not So Fast

Expedia CEO to Airbnb and Booking: Not So Fast

Gerrit De Vynck, Bloomberg

HomeAway, like Airbnb, has started courting hotels to list their rooms on its platform, but is it too little, too late at this point? Will success in homesharing equate to having the most listings, or is it going to be something even bigger than that?

11 months ago