Articles tagged “homeway”

Facebook Removes Airbnb Host Group That Ridiculed Guests

Facebook Removes Airbnb Host Group That Ridiculed Guests

Dennis Schaal, Skift

When guests stay in short-term rentals, they shouldn't have to worry that hosts might be sharing their intimate photos and personal information on Facebook, whether it be in nominally private groups or not. Airbnb, Vrbo, Facebook, and others need to be more vigilant so that their hosts aren't violating privacy policies on their platforms or elsewhere.

2 weeks ago

Expedia Still Has High Hopes for a Vrbo Bounce — Next Year

Expedia Still Has High Hopes for a Vrbo Bounce — Next Year

Dennis Schaal, Skift

When Expedia Group acquired HomeAway, now renamed Vrbo, in 2015, officials obviously knew they weren't getting an Airbnb. Still, they may have obtained less than they bargained for because the journey so far has been very bumpy.

4 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.

1 year ago

Expedia CEO Likes Airbnb’s $30 Billion Valuation for Selfish Reasons

Expedia CEO Likes Airbnb’s $30 Billion Valuation for Selfish Reasons

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Critics of Expedia Inc.'s 2014-2015 acquisition spree appear to have had a valid point: These sorts of mergers and integrations can be very distracting and complex. Expedia has felt the pain now in the second and third quarters and could be in for some more until it get can get things back on course. Expedia's competitors will take advantage.

3 years ago

How Wyndham Plans to Tackle Vacation Rental Disruptors

How Wyndham Plans to Tackle Vacation Rental Disruptors

Patrick Whyte, Skift

With the likes of Airbnb playing up the sheer number of properties available, it makes sense for Wyndham to make a point of some of the advantages you get when booking direct with a company.

3 years ago

What Americans Really Think About Airbnb and Home-Sharing

What Americans Really Think About Airbnb and Home-Sharing

Deanna Ting, Skift

Should hotels be as worried about Airbnb and home-sharing as headlines seem to suggest? That depends, suggests a new study from the Pew Research Center.

3 years ago

Expedia Hits Pause on Direct Booking Goals for HomeAway Division

Expedia Hits Pause on Direct Booking Goals for HomeAway Division

Dennis Schaal, Skift

To some extent, Expedia is molding HomeAway to its liking. Unlike Booking.com (for now, at least), HomeAway is backing off its goal of making all vacation rentals online bookable. Expedia is also adding apartments in urban areas to better compete against Airbnb and Booking.com.

4 years ago

Survey: Comparing Consumer Preferences for Airbnb and Hotels

Survey: Comparing Consumer Preferences for Airbnb and Hotels

Julie VerHage, Bloomberg

We don't think the situation is as grim as the author of this article states: Consumers in each category prefer hotels over peer-to-peer options.

4 years ago

HomeAway Initially Oversold Its Performance To Expedia

HomeAway Initially Oversold Its Performance To Expedia

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Consider the big changes ahead for HomeAway, including making its listings online bookable, supplementing subscription fees with commission payments, introducing a booking fee for travelers and getting integrated with Expedia. When you further take into account competition from Airbnb, Booking.com, TripAdvisor and a bevy of local rivals, there is a helluva lot of risk ahead.

4 years ago

Adding Up the Costs of Expedia Vs. Priceline Vs. TripAdvisor

Adding Up the Costs of Expedia Vs. Priceline Vs. TripAdvisor

Jason Clampet, Skift

It's all about scale for Expedia. The company can use its expertise to add vacation rentals to heighten conversion, which in turn enables Expedia to spend more on marketing. That's good for vacation rentals and, in theory, for hotels as well as it should generate increased demand.

4 years ago

New California Law Says Airbnb and Peers Must Warn of Eviction Risks

New California Law Says Airbnb and Peers Must Warn of Eviction Risks

Associated Press

Airbnb, VRBO, and others have let hosts shoulder all the risk up to now, while always claiming that warning them of dangers was too difficult. Now that California has led, other states will likely follow suit.

4 years ago

High-End Hotels Bemoan Competition From Airbnb in Paris

High-End Hotels Bemoan Competition From Airbnb in Paris

Pascale Denis and Tommaso Mazzanti, Reuters

While the tax issues are real, rare or the cases in which a guest would skip that stay at Le Bristol or George V for a night in a fourth-floor walk up in the 11th arrondissement.

4 years ago