Articles tagged “vacation rentals”

Trivago Looks to HomeAway Vacation Rentals to Regain Some Mojo

Trivago Looks to HomeAway Vacation Rentals to Regain Some Mojo

Sean O'Neill, Skift

This move could be a modest win-win for Trivago and HomeAway, which both fall within the broader Expedia Inc. orbit. But Airbnb and Booking.com remain fierce competitors for rental search, with Google waiting in the wings.

1 month ago

Airbnb Reverses Strategy in Return to Affiliate Partnerships With Big Players

Airbnb Reverses Strategy in Return to Affiliate Partnerships With Big Players

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The homesharing giant is only partnering with websites that attract at least a million visitors a month. Airbnb is calculating that the revenue upside would be worth the brand sacrifice that comes with affiliate marketing.

2 months ago

Vacasa Raises $103 Million as Venture Capital Commits to the Property Management Sector

Vacasa Raises $103 Million as Venture Capital Commits to the Property Management Sector

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Vacasa spent years building a business before venture capital came along for the ride at this level. Its fate now depends on how well it executes the sometimes-cumbersome task of on-boarding new properties at scale, and whether it can avoid hubris.

2 months ago

Airbnb Debuts New Tools for a Bigger Cut of the $138 Billion Vacation Rental Industry

Airbnb Debuts New Tools for a Bigger Cut of the $138 Billion Vacation Rental Industry

Deanna Ting, Skift

This makes perfect, if long overdue, business sense for Airbnb. But can Airbnb really make sure these tools won’t be abused by commercial operators running illegal hotel businesses in cities like San Francisco or New York?

2 months ago

Business of Loyalty: Hyatt Intends to Expand Program to Vacation Rentals

Business of Loyalty: Hyatt Intends to Expand Program to Vacation Rentals

Grant Martin, Skift

It may soon be possible through Hyatt to earn hotel-loyalty program elite status by staying in a vacation rental.

2 months ago

Google Is Testing Vacation Rental Search in Its Hotel Price-Comparison Tool

Google Is Testing Vacation Rental Search in Its Hotel Price-Comparison Tool

Sean O'Neill, Skift

In tests involving about 7,000 property listings in Europe, Google is checking if travelers would like to use it to search and book vacation rentals. Online travel rivals should be on the alert.

5 months ago

Vacation Rentals Are a Bright Spot at TripAdvisor

Vacation Rentals Are a Bright Spot at TripAdvisor

Sean O'Neill, Skift

For years, Airbnb, Booking.com, Expedia's HomeAway, and TripAdvisor have been scrambling for market share in vacation rentals to drive consolidation. But TripAdvisor says it is now focused on "quality" listings, rather than quantity.

7 months ago

Vacation Rental Managers Don’t Have the Tools to Scale Hospitality

Vacation Rental Managers Don’t Have the Tools to Scale Hospitality

Deanna Ting, Skift

In other words, there’s plenty of opportunity out there for third parties or the big players like HomeAway and Airbnb to capitalize on offering more ancillary guest services for professionally managed vacation rentals.

7 months ago

Priceline Group Focuses on Expanding Its Alternative Accommodations

Priceline Group Focuses on Expanding Its Alternative Accommodations

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Booking.com grew its vacation rental supply at a hyper clip, 51 percent in the first quarter. But vacation rentals are different than hotels, where the company has excelled, and the same formula might not be a slam dunk.

7 months ago

Hawaii Lawmakers Try to Settle Differences Over Vacation Rental Regulations

Hawaii Lawmakers Try to Settle Differences Over Vacation Rental Regulations

Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press

In destinations like Hawaii where tourism is a top industry, managing the balance between the needs and wants of visitors and the needs of residents is a constant struggle that's being reflected in the state's current battles over vacation rental regulation.

8 months ago

Hawaii Tries a Light Touch for New Vacation Rental Regulations

Hawaii Tries a Light Touch for New Vacation Rental Regulations

Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press

We've yet to see a market where the carrot approach works better than the stick, and we're not optimistic about Hawaii’s hopes either.

9 months ago

Vacation Rental Company TurnKey Raises $21 Million

Vacation Rental Company TurnKey Raises $21 Million

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Just as entrepreneurs once sold pickaxes to prospectors in the California gold rush, TurnKey is one of many companies selling services to property owners in today's vacation rental gold rush.

9 months ago