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Articles tagged “str2019”

Hotels

Why Some Short-Term Rental Tech Vendors Are Turning Away from Independent Hosts

Short-term rental tech vendors are increasingly forced to pick a side: Focus on professional property managers or focus on the long tail of independent hosts. There's business in both, but understanding customer needs is paramount.

Why Some Short-Term Rental Tech Vendors Are Turning Away from Independent Hosts

Hotels

Airbnb Makes Debut in Google Vacation Rentals — For Now

In online travel, everything is tactical and not necessarily permanent. But for now, at least, those coveted Airbnb listings are appearing in Google's vacation rental pages in some European cities. This could have big implications for both companies if those listings remain.

Airbnb Makes Debut in Google Vacation Rentals — For Now

Hotels

Short-Term Rental Managers Look to Data for Smarter Pricing

Nowhere is the need for a more tech-driven, business-oriented model for setting rates more clear than with short-term rental property management companies. Several startups aim to supercharge rate-setting with data-powered insights. But there's probably too many of these young companies for them to all survive long-term.

Short-Term Rental Managers Look to Data for Smarter Pricing

Online Travel

Did Airbnb’s Contrarian Narrative Just Get Messed Up?

Airbnb is on a path toward spending as much as $2 billion in sales and marketing in 2019. When you consider that Airbnb will likely have to start spending more with Google as it adds more hotels onto its platform, then the company's supposed competitive advantage over Booking Holdings and Expedia Group on that front appears a little less attractive.

Did Airbnb’s Contrarian Narrative Just Get Messed Up?

Online Travel

Airbnb Doubles Down on Professional Vacation Rentals in Resort Areas

The online juggernaut isn't satisfied with dominating urban markets. Airbnb wants to take the beaches and the mountains, too, in the battle for short-term rental bookings. So the company is becoming savvier in how it approaches local property managers.

Airbnb Doubles Down on Professional Vacation Rentals in Resort Areas

Announcements

Announcing the First Round of Speakers for Skift Short-Term Rental Summit

We’re diving deeper into the fast-changing world of the short-term rental sector with this first-ever Skift Summit. Here’s what you can expect to learn and who you'll hear from at our inaugural event.

Announcing the First Round of Speakers for Skift Short-Term Rental Summit

Hotels

Booking.com’s New Star Ratings for Short-Term Rentals Shake Sector

If you believe internet ratings, you’d think everything sold online is above average. Booking.com appears to be trying to combat that problem in the short-term rentals sector by rolling out a rating system. The company risks upsetting some property managers by acting as self-appointed judge and jury of unit quality. But some travelers may like the additional context.

Booking.com’s New Star Ratings for Short-Term Rentals Shake Sector

Hotels

Marriott Drives Deeper Into Luxury Short-Term Rentals as a Loyalty Play

Airbnb has nothing to worry about. Marriott is mainly interested in using rentals as a tool to build brand loyalty. So the Bethesda, Maryland-based hotel giant won't threaten the established players in short-term rental booking.

Marriott Drives Deeper Into Luxury Short-Term Rentals as a Loyalty Play

Online Travel

Booking.com Launches Flights Through Partnership Across Europe

The Booking.com flight partnership with eTraveli doesn't seem particularly seamless because travelers still have to hop over to a third-party site, Gotogate, to complete their reservations. Still, the deal is another step in Booking.com's evolution from hotel-only provider in its early days to well-rounded online travel company.

Booking.com Launches Flights Through Partnership Across Europe

Hotels

Booking Holdings Is Withdrawing From Google Vacation Rentals

Behind the scenes, there may be abundant reasons that Booking Holdings and Airbnb, for that matter, won't be dabbling in Google's vacation rentals business for the time being. Perhaps they are seeking to boost direct traffic or are unhappy with the economics and user experience. Expedia may be positioned to take some advantage.

Booking Holdings Is Withdrawing From Google Vacation Rentals