Articles tagged “vacation rentals”

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Google Vacation Rental Partners Diverge on Whether to Name Guests in Reviews

Google Vacation Rental Partners Diverge on Whether to Name Guests in Reviews

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Booking sites' guests reviews on Google have been a highly charged issue for years. The latest is that Airbnb and TripAdvisor are willingly giving Google their guest reviews of vacation rentals, but they are busy figuring out how not to give away the store in the process.

5 months ago

Airbnb Tests Teaming With Google’s Vacation Rental Business in the U.S.

Airbnb Tests Teaming With Google’s Vacation Rental Business in the U.S.

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Airbnb has intensified its testing of Google's vacation rentals business. Does this mean Airbnb will fall down a rabbit hole of Google dependence? Not necessarily. Romances can be so fleeting.

7 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.

7 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?

7 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.

7 months ago

Sykes Cottages Sold for $480 Million in a Bet on Tech-Led Short-Term Rentals

Sykes Cottages Sold for $480 Million in a Bet on Tech-Led Short-Term Rentals

Sean O'Neill, Skift

The deal gives a nice return to private equity firm Livingbridge, which bought Sykes in 2015 for about $75 million. What makes Sykes Cottages stand out is that it has fully built almost all of its technology on its own and has almost 80 percent direct bookings. New majority stakeholder Vitruvian is now placing a bet on short-term rentals.

7 months ago

Vacasa Nets $319 Million in Backing for Vacation Rental Management

Vacasa Nets $319 Million in Backing for Vacation Rental Management

Sean O'Neill, Skift

Short-term rental companies can't believe their luck. Private equity and venture capital continue to pour into their sector despite a hot market. Vacasa has remained an investor darling, in part, because it has branched into opening real estate brokerages to help boost the supply of units.

7 months ago

Airbnb Makes Debut in Google Vacation Rentals — For Now

Airbnb Makes Debut in Google Vacation Rentals — For Now

Dennis Schaal, Skift

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.

8 months ago

Short-Term Rental Managers Look to Data for Smarter Pricing

Short-Term Rental Managers Look to Data for Smarter Pricing

Sean O'Neill, Skift

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.

8 months ago

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.

8 months 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.

8 months 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.

8 months ago