When you combine the lack of transparency by sharing economy companies with the backwards nature of the IRS, then you have a mess like this.
TripAdvisor, Expedia, and other big booking brands will never have the buzz that Airbnb commands, but they do have the consumers. Whether or not they can get them interested in their urban products is another matter.
We'll go out on a limb and say that as consumers we'd really value a vacation rental booking site that cut out all the superfluous and duplicate listings. Despite expansion, we still see challenges on the metasearch side.
The issue of the gig economy is far from settled here, and we should expect to see more friction in relationships between providers and companies like Uber, Lyft, and Airbnb.
Competition in India has led to massive price swings, from free rides to surge pricing that makes New Year's Eve in New York look like bargain fares. Apparently authorities aren't having it anymore.
When of the interesting aspects of the new BMW service in Seattle is that it will combine on-demand ride-services with rental and sharing options. We'll assuredly hear about more of this blending in coming years from other auto companies and major car rental firms.
Whether it is the amount of discounts travelers can get online or the quality of driver background checks, companies can't make wild, unsubstantiated claims to the public. Uber's claims about the research it did regarding drivers background checks were excessive and now Uber has to pay a hefty fine to settle the matter.
Whether official or unofficial, the recent studies of Airbnb activity are revealing more and more about the business happening on Airbnb.
We understand the sentiment, but if a town doesn't want your business, they should be able to make their own decisions about what's right for them.
Both consumers and these brands have reached a level of maturity where they are ready for a challenge like this.