Articles tagged “short-term rentals”

Expedia Chairman Barry Diller Rips His ‘Bloated’ Company as ‘All Life, No Work’

Expedia Chairman Barry Diller Rips His ‘Bloated’ Company as ‘All Life, No Work’

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The straight talk from Diller and Kern will likely delight Wall Street and rankle former management and current employees. Employees will have to buy into the new vision if there's any hope it will become reality.

1 week ago

Is Airbnb’s Stock Market Debut in 2020 Still On Track?

Is Airbnb’s Stock Market Debut in 2020 Still On Track?

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Sporting some red ink in its financial results doesn't spell doom and gloom for Airbnb's prospects of going public in 2020. On the other hand, the question for employees and investors becomes — at what valuation?

1 week ago

Vacasa Seeks New CEO as Founder Eric Breon Steps Aside

Vacasa Seeks New CEO as Founder Eric Breon Steps Aside

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Eric Breon grew Vacasa from a business run off his dining room table to North America’s largest full-service vacation rental management business. Few startups have the awareness to know when they need different leadership to get to an initial public offering, and Vacasa may be a rare exception.

1 week ago

What’s Wrong at Tripadvisor?

What’s Wrong at Tripadvisor?

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Question: At Tripadvisor, as a controlled company, what mechanisms did minority shareholders have to pressure Chairman Greg Maffei to make dramatic changes? Answer: Relatively few.

2 weeks ago

Short-Term Rentals a Key Factor in Sluggish Hotel Rate Growth

Short-Term Rentals a Key Factor in Sluggish Hotel Rate Growth

Dennis Schaal , Skift

U.S. hoteliers are finding their pricing options constrained because of an influx of both short-term rental supply during peak periods, and because of hotel construction. Hoteliers may decide to get into the short-term rental market or not, but they increasingly have to take it into account when fine-tuning pricing strategies.

3 weeks ago

Prague Aims to Restrict Airbnb to Curb Overtourism

Prague Aims to Restrict Airbnb to Curb Overtourism

Robert Tait, The Guardian

The Czech capital's mayor joins the uphill battle of other European cities to limit short-term rentals. There is an urgent need to repair the fabric of local life damaged by the negative impact of runaway tourism.

3 weeks ago

Sonder Adds Former Starwood Hotels CEO to Board

Sonder Adds Former Starwood Hotels CEO to Board

Patrick Whyte, Skift

Adding someone as experienced as Frits van Paasschen to its board is a sure sign that Sonder is serious about making a big leap forward in 2020.

3 weeks ago

6 Takeaways From Airbnb’s Manifesto on Stakeholder Capitalism Ahead of Davos

6 Takeaways From Airbnb’s Manifesto on Stakeholder Capitalism Ahead of Davos

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Airbnb has legions of critics, and it knows that its articulated stakeholder goals will get intense scrutiny. But if the company turns some of these corporate governance aspirations into reality, then it could emerge looking pretty good compared with many established travel industry companies offering just lip service.

1 month ago

Latest Funding for The Guild Showcases New Housing Model for Business Travelers

Latest Funding for The Guild Showcases New Housing Model for Business Travelers

Nancy Trejos, Skift

The Guild, a hospitality startup, is not quite a hotel but not quite Airbnb. It's betting on $25 million in new funding to expand its apartment-like accommodations to urban centers to attract more business travelers.

2 months ago

Airbnb Hosts Asked by Police in North Carolina to Register Properties to Prevent Unruly Parties

Airbnb Hosts Asked by Police in North Carolina to Register Properties to Prevent Unruly Parties

Associated Press

Airbnb is taking measures to verify its listings as a safety measure, but it looks like police want more, like this request for hosts to register in North Carolina. Good idea.

2 months ago

The Most Important Story in Hotels in 2019

The Most Important Story in Hotels in 2019

Nancy Trejos, Skift

The tug-of-war between hotels and short-term rentals intensified in 2019, with both sides making strategic moves to display their strength. There were wins and losses for everyone, and the result so far has been a deeper blurring of the lines between the two sectors.

2 months ago

Europe’s Top Court Sides With Airbnb in a Major Case Brought by Hotels in France

Europe’s Top Court Sides With Airbnb in a Major Case Brought by Hotels in France

Associated Press

Airbnb has staked its entire model on the sometimes-tenuous idea that it's not an accommodation provider, but a digital platform. The company will be relieved to find that Europe's top court agrees.

2 months ago