Articles tagged “short-term rentals”

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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

Airbnb Will Roll Out Policy That Aims to Protect Hosts From Scheming Guests

Airbnb Will Roll Out Policy That Aims to Protect Hosts From Scheming Guests

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Many Airbnb hosts of the mom-and-pop variety — yes, there are a few left — feel aggrieved when they welcome guests into their homes and have to bear the consequences of hostile reviews penned with the worst intentions. Airbnb is trying to tip the balance back toward hosts — and is probably making neither party totally happy.

2 months ago

5 Smart Insights for the Short-Term Rental Industry

5 Smart Insights for the Short-Term Rental Industry

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The short-term rental market is a long-term growth sector. Yet its dynamics are being upended as professional management becomes popular and online travel companies seek smarter ways to sell the lodging. Here are several takeaways from Skift's first event to focus on the sector's opportunities.

3 months ago

Airbnb Cracks Down on Parties and Nuisance Behavior

Airbnb Cracks Down on Parties and Nuisance Behavior

Dee-Ann Durbin, Associated Press

Airbnb has been on the back foot since a tragic shooting in California in November. It finds itself coming under pressure increasingly from the public and lawmakers to make sure it is doing all it can to get a handle on guest behavior.

3 months ago

Marriott’s Foray Into Short-Term Rentals No Longer an Experiment — It’s a Business: Exec

Marriott’s Foray Into Short-Term Rentals No Longer an Experiment — It’s a Business: Exec

Rosie Spinks, Skift

Hospitality giants moving into the short-term rental space hasn't always gone smoothly. But Marriott's vice president of Homes & Villas said that the company isn't getting its feet wet anymore — it's found a business model that works and wants to grow it.

3 months 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 Hosts Will Be Able to Pay to Fast-Track Verification of Their Listings

Airbnb Hosts Will Be Able to Pay to Fast-Track Verification of Their Listings

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Airbnb — and other players in the short-term rental space — have a daunting task in trying to verify millions of home listings, along with an expanded array of tours and activities. With this push, it might just open up more players to liability from content offered on their platforms.

3 months ago

Expedia’s Vrbo to Reposition Itself Beyond Vacation Rentals as a Family Travel Business

Expedia’s Vrbo to Reposition Itself Beyond Vacation Rentals as a Family Travel Business

Dennis Schaal, Skift

In a very crowded and highly competitive short-term rental field, it makes sense that Expedia Group's Vrbo would try to stand out, albeit as a travel business serving families. Why go after the backpackers and younger generation when that isn't your core customer anyway?

3 months ago

Vrbo Shuffles Leadership as Latest Expedia Group Reorganization Moves Take Shape

Vrbo Shuffles Leadership as Latest Expedia Group Reorganization Moves Take Shape

Dennis Schaal, Skift

No pain, no gain, right? Expedia's Vrbo unit, which is almost an afterthought when it comes to discussions about Airbnb, Booking.com, and Google, has been undergoing a difficult transition. In itself, changing the leadership isn't the answer, but along with other changes, perhaps it won't hurt.

3 months ago

Airbnb Now Completely Overwhelms Some U.S. Cities

Airbnb Now Completely Overwhelms Some U.S. Cities

Luke McGrath, Bloomberg

It's not all bad news, though. Some smaller cities, looking to grow their local tourism market, have developed a good working relationship with the startup.

4 months ago

Airbnb Finally Embraces Verified Listings After Halloween Deaths

Airbnb Finally Embraces Verified Listings After Halloween Deaths

Andrew Sheivachman, Skift

Airbnb has avoided these policies under the guise of being just a platform, much like the rest of the tech platform companies. We just hope at some point that tragedies are not the only way to propel change that lots of stakeholders have been asking for all along.

4 months ago

Airbnb Attempts to Ban Party Houses After Multiple Deaths in California Shooting

Airbnb Attempts to Ban Party Houses After Multiple Deaths in California Shooting

Dennis Schaal, Skift

House parties and out-of-control guests are the scourge of Airbnb and other short-term rental platforms. The industry has to fix this — fast.

4 months ago