Articles tagged “regulations”

Regulatory Scrutiny of Online Travel Platforms Could Shed New Light on Business Practices

Regulatory Scrutiny of Online Travel Platforms Could Shed New Light on Business Practices

Dennis Schaal , Skift

Online travel companies have faced intense regulatory scrutiny almost since the first days of internet bookings. But "you've got mail" these days is less likely to be a cheery email notification than a demand for court appearances and audits.

3 weeks 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?

3 months ago

Airbnb Loses Jersey City Homesharing Vote in Landslide Despite Massively Outspending the Opposition

Airbnb Loses Jersey City Homesharing Vote in Landslide Despite Massively Outspending the Opposition

Olivia Carville, Bloomberg

Jersey City, a large New Jersey municipality on the outskirts of New York City, where Airbnb faces stiff regulation, handed Airbnb a huge defeat by adopting sensible homesharing restrictions. Is this a trend in the making?

3 months ago

Airbnb Offers Greater Price Transparency in Europe After Regulatory Threats

Airbnb Offers Greater Price Transparency in Europe After Regulatory Threats

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Once again — and this time it's the issue of pricing transparency in alternative lodging — European regulators are out in front of their counterparts in other parts of the world, including those in the United States. Travelers shouldn't have to be detectives in trying to figure out what their lodging tab will be.

7 months ago

This German Startup Aims to Have a Fleet of Jet-Powered Flying Taxis by 2025

This German Startup Aims to Have a Fleet of Jet-Powered Flying Taxis by 2025

Christopher Jasper, Bloomberg

Lilium's five-seat aircrafts can operate in pilot or drone mode, but the company must raise more venture capital dollars for it to reach its goal.

9 months ago

Airbnb Isn’t Going Anywhere. So Why Aren’t Cities Regulating It More?

Airbnb Isn’t Going Anywhere. So Why Aren’t Cities Regulating It More?

Isaac Carey, Skift

Cities are still trying to figure out how to tax and regulate this disruptive service 11 years after it was created — but so far most still aren’t doing a good job.

1 year ago

Airbnb Counters Paris’ Claims That Many Listings Are Illegal

Airbnb Counters Paris’ Claims That Many Listings Are Illegal

Geraldine Amiel, Bloomberg

We've seen this movie before. Should Airbnb be responsible for the legality of listings on its site? Will municipalities be able to curb Airbnb as a way to counter skyrocketing rents? A happy ending isn't a likely scenario.

1 year 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.

1 year ago

New Packaged Vacations Law in Europe Causing Confusion

New Packaged Vacations Law in Europe Causing Confusion

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Despite the travel industry having had years to get used to the idea of new rules governing the sale of vacations in the European Union, there are still plenty of people still scratching their heads over the changes.

2 years ago

Investigation Concludes FAA Inspectors Let Unsafe Aircraft Fly

Investigation Concludes FAA Inspectors Let Unsafe Aircraft Fly

Alan Levin, Bloomberg

The fact that these oversights affected planes bearing fewer seats, used by smaller carriers, is surely of little comfort to some frequent flyers.

2 years ago

Chinese Domestic Airfares to Jump as Regulators Relax Price Rules

Chinese Domestic Airfares to Jump as Regulators Relax Price Rules

Dong Lyu, Bloomberg

By loosening control over ticket prices, China will likely boost the stability of its airlines. Now if only it would also drop its subsidies to these carriers, many of which are state-owned.

2 years ago

Airbnb Hosts in Paris Forced to Register With the City in Crackdown Against Illegal Rentals

Airbnb Hosts in Paris Forced to Register With the City in Crackdown Against Illegal Rentals

Bloomberg

Paris is taking a hard line against Airbnb hosts who are making a big business out of their multiple listing in an effort to combat a housing crunch. The measures don't seem unreasonable, and are ones that Airbnb and other affected platforms can certainly live with.

2 years ago