Articles tagged “vacation rentals”

Airbnb Doubles Down on Professional Vacation Rentals in Resort Areas

Airbnb Doubles Down on Professional Vacation Rentals in Resort Areas

Sean O'Neill, Skift

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.

21 hours ago

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

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

Brian Quinn, Skift

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.

1 day ago

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

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

Sean O'Neill, Skift

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.

2 days ago

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

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

Sean O'Neill, Skift

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.

3 days ago

Booking Holdings Is Withdrawing From Google Vacation Rentals

Booking Holdings Is Withdrawing From Google Vacation Rentals

Dennis Schaal, Skift

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.

1 week ago

Does Airbnb Really Need to Join Google’s New Vacation Rental Business?

Does Airbnb Really Need to Join Google’s New Vacation Rental Business?

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Do or die? Test and learn? Now or never? As Airbnb marches toward going public in 2020, a key question in many minds will be how Airbnb deals with Google — and at what price. There are no slam-dunk answers.

1 week ago

Google Elevates Vacation Rentals With Hotel-Like Treatment in Search

Google Elevates Vacation Rentals With Hotel-Like Treatment in Search

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Google is following its hotel playbook in giving its own vacation rental and apartments business preferential treatment in Google search. As antitrust regulators take a look at Google's practices, and if travel is part of the review, this twist will be high on the agenda.

2 weeks ago

Google Signals Its Vacation Rental Ambitions With Vacasa Direct-Connect

Google Signals Its Vacation Rental Ambitions With Vacasa Direct-Connect

Dennis Schaal, Skift

We've seen this playbook before. Google isn't making much money off its vacation rental business, and doesn't need to sweat it. With its domination of search, Google will take its time, build its global property numbers, and test what works. Competitors know what's coming.

1 month ago

Hawaii Vacation Rental Crackdown Starts With Honolulu Mayor

Hawaii Vacation Rental Crackdown Starts With Honolulu Mayor

The Associated Press

Short-term rentals are a hot button topic in Hawaii, and the Honolulu mayor just turned up the heat.

4 months ago

Expedia Mulls Matching Booking on Resort Fee Commissions

Expedia Mulls Matching Booking on Resort Fee Commissions

Dennis Schaal, Skift

When Priceline ended traveler fees on airline bookings a decade ago, the other online travel agencies generally followed. Whether Expedia will match Booking.com and start charging hotels commissions on resort fees is a much more complex issue. Part of it depends on how much resistance Booking gets from hotels to its new policy.

4 months ago

Airbnb Tests Hotel Integration by Adding Some HotelTonight Partners

Airbnb Tests Hotel Integration by Adding Some HotelTonight Partners

Dennis Schaal, Skift

It will be tremendously complex for Airbnb to transition from an alternative accommodations site into one that also offers lots of hotels. The coming business model changes and technology challenges will get sorted out, but it will be rocky for quite some time.

5 months ago

CEO Hints Booking Holdings Is Ready to Buy More Companies

CEO Hints Booking Holdings Is Ready to Buy More Companies

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Falling victim to the so-called law of large numbers, Booking Holdings saw its total revenues for the first quarter drop 3 percent from the prior year. Industry ears perked up when CEO Glenn Fogel mentioned mergers and acquisitions as a possible tactic to reignite growth a few times during an investor conference call.

5 months ago