Articles tagged “short-term rentals”

Taj Hotels to Enter Homesharing With New Amã Brand

Taj Hotels to Enter Homesharing With New Amã Brand

Sean O'Neill, Skift

On March 1, Taj Hotels will start taking bookings for its official foray into homesharing with its new brand, Amã, with nine bungalows. It's further proof of the Skift Megatrend that in hospitality, "everything is converging."

27 mins ago

Hotels Finally Embrace Homesharing: Now What?

Hotels Finally Embrace Homesharing: Now What?

Deanna Ting, Skift

Just as challenging as it is for Airbnb to offer more hotel-like options, it seems in some ways even more daunting for hotel companies to start offering more Airbnb-like accommodations.

2 months ago

Airbnb Ranks Its Top Up-and-Coming Destinations for 2019

Airbnb Ranks Its Top Up-and-Coming Destinations for 2019

Colin Bertram, Bloomberg

Quieter locales in Scotland, New Zealand, China, and Mexico lead Airbnb’s trending destinations for the coming year. Note that these statistics show gains in search interest from small base numbers and so they're somewhat misleading. Paris hasn't lost its status as a popular spot, for instance.

2 months ago

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.

4 months ago

Expedia Buys Two Startups to Help Landlords Turn Apartments Into Short-Term Rentals

Expedia Buys Two Startups to Help Landlords Turn Apartments Into Short-Term Rentals

Sean O'Neill, Skift

When it comes to the acquisition game, Expedia Group CEO Mark Okerstrom is one of the travel industry's savviest players. It's fun to see him back at it, after a mostly quiet period of him settling into the company's top job.

4 months ago

Airbnb and HomeAway Face Judge Scrutiny in Santa Monica Over Short-Term Rental Laws

Airbnb and HomeAway Face Judge Scrutiny in Santa Monica Over Short-Term Rental Laws

Edvard Pettersson, Bloomberg

Slowly but surely, Airbnb and HomeAway are finding that their previous defenses for failing to comply with short-term rental regulations are no longer cutting it.

4 months ago

Sao Paulo Could See Airbnb Listings Surge Thanks to New Zoning Laws

Sao Paulo Could See Airbnb Listings Surge Thanks to New Zoning Laws

Fabiola Moura, Bloomberg

Airbnb lists about 14,000 ads for properties in Sao Paulo. New zoning rules may add to the supply, as the city allows mixed-use buildings near transport hubs, which will mean more short-term rentals.

5 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.

7 months ago

Airbnb Tries to Argue New York City’s New Regulations Violate Users’ Privacy

Airbnb Tries to Argue New York City’s New Regulations Violate Users’ Privacy

Chris Dolmetsch, Bloomberg

It's obvious Airbnb wants to exhaust any and all options before complying with New York City's new short-term rental law. Why? Because the city is the company's No. 1 market in the U.S. But the company's argument regarding privacy concerns in New York contradicts Airbnb's willingness and compliance to submit its host information to cities that include San Francisco, Chicago, and New Orleans. In other words, this is more about avoiding the new law than user privacy concerns.

7 months ago

The Middle East Tops List of Priciest Airbnb Cities

The Middle East Tops List of Priciest Airbnb Cities

Michael Sasso and Wei Lu, Bloomberg

The Middle East takes five spots near the top of this list of priciest Airbnb locales, but not to worry. For bargain hunters, India offers short-term rentals as low as $34.

7 months ago

New York’s Airbnb Regulatory Squeeze Highlights Business Model Risks

New York’s Airbnb Regulatory Squeeze Highlights Business Model Risks

Olivia Zaleski , Bloomberg

Airbnb is dependent on the goodwill of cities and for some it is a nuisance rather than a blessing. If others decide to copy New York then the home-rental company will have plenty of bridges to build ahead of its mooted IPO.

7 months ago

New York City Sues Airbnb to Enforce New Law Regarding Host Information

New York City Sues Airbnb to Enforce New Law Regarding Host Information

Chris Dolmetsch and Olivia Zaleski, Bloomberg

The way in which this new law was written leaves little wiggle room for Airbnb to use the Communications Decency Act as a defense. This can go one of two ways: Airbnb and New York City duke it out in court or, eventually, Airbnb may have to set up a registration system for hosts as it has in San Francisco, New Orleans, and Chicago.

7 months ago