Articles tagged “homeaway”

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Veteran Vrbo Exec Jeff Hurst Is Leaving as Expedia Poaches Another Googler

Longtime Vrbo executive Jeff Hurst, who was chief operating officer of Expedia brands and formerly Vrbo's president, is leaving the company. Jeff Hurst, a former Vrbo president, at an Expedia Group conference in Las Vegas in 2019. Source: Expedia Group. This follows the exit in September of John Kim, who was president of Expedia Marketplace,…

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Expedia Vet John Kim Leaving to Be PayPal Chief Product Officer

Expedia's John Kim is stepping down to take a new role at PayPal as executive vice president, chief product officer, beginning Sept. 26. Kim, who was once in the running to replace CEO Mark Okerstrom after his shock departure in 2019, leaves after a stint of more than 10 years at the travel brand. He…

Online Travel

Airbnb and Marriott Nearly Signed a Deep Partnership Agreement Around 2015

Marriott might have made a great investment had it bought a chunk of Airbnb in 2015. Ultimately, Marriott opted to build its own with Homes & Villas.

Airbnb and Marriott Nearly Signed a Deep Partnership Agreement Around 2015

Short-Term Rentals

History of Short-Term Rentals Filled With Arrogance and Missed Opportunities

The phrase "listen to the customer" is a cliche. But in the early days of the vacation rental business, the smart move was to listen to what the marketplace was saying rather than force feed it the opposite.

History of Short-Term Rentals Filled With Arrogance and Missed Opportunities

Short-Term Rentals

Daily Podcast: Airbnb’s China Retreat

Daily Podcast: Airbnb’s China Retreat

Short-Term Rentals

The Definitive Oral History of Short-Term Rentals, Part 2

Airbnb broke things as a startup, but a second generation of executives starting in 2013 knew the maturing business had to start playing by some of the rules. Part II of this oral history details many of these changes, as well as the clash between individual owners and property managers.

The Definitive Oral History of Short-Term Rentals, Part 2

Short-Term Rentals

The Definitive Oral History of Short-Term Rentals, Part 1

Airbnb disrupted vacation rentals. Will short-term rentals take a chunk out of the hotel business? History shows that's a distinct probability.

The Definitive Oral History of Short-Term Rentals, Part 1

Online Travel

Hotwire Ties Run Deep Through Vacasa SPAC Deal

The old boys network is still as strong as can be in online travel and elsewhere. It shows up in several ways, although it was far from a decisive factor, in the pending Vacasa SPAC deal. But those decades-old ties sure didn't hurt, either.

Hotwire Ties Run Deep Through Vacasa SPAC Deal

Online Travel

Full Video: Expedia CEO Peter Kern at Skift Global Forum 2021

Look for Expedia's vacation rental unit, Vrbo, to keep gaining market share in geographies where it is already strong. But the brand hasn't always been nimble, and it may be missing out opportunities.

Full Video: Expedia CEO Peter Kern at Skift Global Forum 2021

Tourism

How Travel Execs Reacted to Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky’s Golden Age Vision

Several fellow speakers aligned themselves with Brian Chesky at Skift Global Forum in a surprising show of unity among the dogfighting.

How Travel Execs Reacted to Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky’s Golden Age Vision