Articles tagged “homesharing”

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.

2 weeks ago

New Skift Research Weighs Regulations on Airbnb Versus Overall Economic Benefits

New Skift Research Weighs Regulations on Airbnb Versus Overall Economic Benefits

Rebecca Stone, Skift

The regulatory environment for Airbnb is becoming increasingly more restrictive, but completely wiping out Airbnb as an alternative for travel accommodations via regulation won't necessarily be beneficial from an economic standpoint.

4 weeks ago

Expedia CEO: Mergers and Acquisitions Are Always on the Table

Expedia CEO: Mergers and Acquisitions Are Always on the Table

Dennis Schaal, Skift

An Expedia acquisition of Thomas Cook? While problematic on many fronts, including buying all of those offline agents, it isn't out of the question. Consider that Expedia would gain access to a customer base in Europe that it hardly touches. Expedia's Barry Diller has made a ton of acquisitions. He and Okerstrom are hardly done yet.

4 weeks ago

The Roadblocks Airbnb Must Tackle on Its Way to Possible IPO: Skift’s Latest Research

The Roadblocks Airbnb Must Tackle on Its Way to Possible IPO: Skift’s Latest Research

Rebecca Stone, Skift Research

What is hurting Airbnb’s ability to see true success? Increasing regulation, the company’s potential impact on local housing markets and the traditional hotel sector, and the company’s increasing role in hospitality and accommodation distribution. In this report, we attack all three.

1 month ago

Airbnb Sues New York City to Block New Law It Says Violates Privacy Rights

Airbnb Sues New York City to Block New Law It Says Violates Privacy Rights

Olivia Zaleski and Gerrit De Vynck, Bloomberg

Another month, another lawsuit in the ongoing battle between Airbnb and New York City. We foresee much more wrangling to come.

3 months ago

Airbnb Appoints First Woman to Its Board

Airbnb Appoints First Woman to Its Board

Olivia Zaleski , Bloomberg

We were wondering when Airbnb would get around to bringing a little diversity to its board. Good first step. Keep going.

3 months ago

Hyatt’s $22 Million Charge Underscores Hotels’ Homesharing Struggles

Hyatt’s $22 Million Charge Underscores Hotels’ Homesharing Struggles

Deanna Ting, Skift

Seems like both Hyatt and AccorHotels are struggling to find ways to make private accommodations work with their current business models. But we don't think they should give up hope just yet.

3 months ago

Expedia’s HomeAway Bet Is Starting to Pay Off

Expedia’s HomeAway Bet Is Starting to Pay Off

Gerrit De Vynck , Bloomberg

The battle between Expedia, Booking, and Airbnb has only just begun, and it won't just be over short-term rentals.

4 months ago

Apart-Hotels Vie For Higher Profile in Airbnb Era

Apart-Hotels Vie For Higher Profile in Airbnb Era

Nikki Ekstein, Bloomberg

The truth is that this isn't a new lodging concept in any way. The apart-hotel, or serviced apartment, sector has been around for even longer than Airbnb. Apart-hotels and Airbnb can work together. Apart-hotels need the visibility Airbnb can give them, and Airbnb needs their reliable and quality listings to move more into the mainstream.

4 months ago

New York City Will Compel Airbnb to Report Information on Hosts

New York City Will Compel Airbnb to Report Information on Hosts

Olivia Zaleski and Gerrit De Vynck, Bloomberg

For those wondering what will likely happen in New York, we need only look at the examples of San Francisco, New Orleans, and Chicago. The big difference here, however, is the bad blood between Airbnb and New York City: Can both entities work together to develop a registration system as Airbnb has in those other U.S. cities?

4 months ago

Project-Based Business Trips Are More Expensive Than Traditional Corporate Travel

Project-Based Business Trips Are More Expensive Than Traditional Corporate Travel

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Project-based business trips are more costly than other types of business travel in the U.S., but account for only a small percentage of the overall trips taken each year. This may rise, though, as the manufacturing and construction sectors continue to grow.

5 months ago

It’s Not Just Airbnb — HomeAway Starts Adding Hotels Too

It’s Not Just Airbnb — HomeAway Starts Adding Hotels Too

Dennis Schaal, Skift

While Airbnb has been brashly adding independent hotels, HomeAway has been quietly doing the same — although it has been using an entirely different business model given its ties to parent Expedia. Curation may have its place, but all of these companies realize that the more inventory and choice they give consumers, the more likely they are to spend on a stay.

5 months ago