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Articles tagged “vrbo”

Short-Term Rental Firms Face Backlash Over Sharply Different Coronavirus Cancellation Policies

Short-Term Rental Firms Face Backlash Over Sharply Different Coronavirus Cancellation Policies

Dennis Schaal, Skift

It's a decisive moment for short-term rental companies. When it comes to coronavirus-addled short-term rental cancellation and refund policies, Airbnb sided with guests while Vrbo shrugged its shoulders to soothe property managers and owners. Who has the longer memory?

2 weeks ago

Travel Megatrends 2020: Short-Term Rental Winners Emerge

Travel Megatrends 2020: Short-Term Rental Winners Emerge

Wouter Geerts, Skift

The short-term rental ecosystem is getting bigger, which means many winners are set to emerge from the pack. Expect further brand-driven professionalization, more outside investment, and vendor consolidation. Those getting on board will benefit, but is a backlash in the cards?

1 month ago

Expedia Chairman Barry Diller Rips His ‘Bloated’ Company as ‘All Life, No Work’

Expedia Chairman Barry Diller Rips His ‘Bloated’ Company as ‘All Life, No Work’

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The straight talk from Diller and Kern will likely delight Wall Street and rankle former management and current employees. Employees will have to buy into the new vision if there's any hope it will become reality.

2 months ago

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.

3 months ago

Expedia’s Payout to Its Ousted CEO Could Be Nearly $12 Million

Expedia’s Payout to Its Ousted CEO Could Be Nearly $12 Million

Seth Borko and Dennis Schaal, Skift

When you consider Mark Okerstrom's performance, which will lead to a golden parachute substantially less than what might have been, he can take a bunch of blame — but not for everything. The integration of the Vrbo acquisition was clearly messed up, as was the reorganization. Conversely, he inherited a very tough competitive environment.

3 months ago

The Way Forward for Expedia May Include Selling Off Businesses

The Way Forward for Expedia May Include Selling Off Businesses

Dennis Schaal, Skift

The strategy and vision for the next stage in Expedia Group's life should include sharp departures from the status quo, but rest assured that the company line for the time being will be stability to keep the peace.

4 months ago

Singapore’s New Hotel Automation Stokes Big Brother Image

Singapore’s New Hotel Automation Stokes Big Brother Image

Raini Hamdi, Skift

A new system that enables the sharing of guest data between hotels and the authorities is meant to increase productivity at hotels. Really? Better communication is needed.

5 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?

5 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.

5 months ago

Facebook Removes Airbnb Host Group That Ridiculed Guests

Facebook Removes Airbnb Host Group That Ridiculed Guests

Dennis Schaal, Skift

When guests stay in short-term rentals, they shouldn't have to worry that hosts might be sharing their intimate photos and personal information on Facebook, whether it be in nominally private groups or not. Airbnb, Vrbo, Facebook, and others need to be more vigilant so that their hosts aren't violating privacy policies on their platforms or elsewhere.

5 months ago

European Vacation Rental Business Awaze Targets More Acquisitions

European Vacation Rental Business Awaze Targets More Acquisitions

Patrick Whyte, Skift

The vacation rental sector is still pretty fragmented with plenty of single destination specialists still around. Awaze, with its private equity backing, wants to change this.

6 months ago

Announcing Skift Short-Term Rental Summit on December 5, New York City

Announcing Skift Short-Term Rental Summit on December 5, New York City

Brian Quinn, Skift

The short-term rental sector is rapidly expanding. Beyond key platforms in this sector, there is a growing ecosystem of property managers, startups and vendors that are competing to commercialize this space as regulators consider the rules and who's responsible for enforcing them. Find out who's joining Airbnb at this house party.

6 months ago