Articles tagged “vrbo”

Skift Global Forum Preview: Expedia CEO Plays the Long Game in Short-Term Rentals

Skift Global Forum Preview: Expedia CEO Plays the Long Game in Short-Term Rentals

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Is Airbnb going to eat Expedia's lunch? The brand name Vrbo, really? Expedia CEO Mark Okerstrom faces some real challenges as the online travel agency pecking order will likely be disrupted in coming years.

5 days ago

Expedia Group’s Conundrum: Acquisitions or Share Repurchases?

Expedia Group’s Conundrum: Acquisitions or Share Repurchases?

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Expedia Group doesn't intend to hoard piles of cash for a rainy day. The company purports to favor share repurchases over acquisitions, all things being equal, but if a rainmaker of a deal comes along, then Expedia may pounce.

1 week ago

Airbnb Gets New Power to Inform on Rivals When They Are Scofflaws

Airbnb Gets New Power to Inform on Rivals When They Are Scofflaws

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Is the Boston-Airbnb settlement, which calls for short-term regulatory platforms to comply with a city ordinance, a model for future agreements? Too soon to tell but what's clear is that the alternative accommodations industry will one day transition from outliers to regulated entities.

2 weeks ago

Expedia Still Has High Hopes for a Vrbo Bounce — Next Year

Expedia Still Has High Hopes for a Vrbo Bounce — Next Year

Dennis Schaal, Skift

When Expedia Group acquired HomeAway, now renamed Vrbo, in 2015, officials obviously knew they weren't getting an Airbnb. Still, they may have obtained less than they bargained for because the journey so far has been very bumpy.

2 months ago

Airbnb Offers Greater Price Transparency in Europe After Regulatory Threats

Airbnb Offers Greater Price Transparency in Europe After Regulatory Threats

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Once again — and this time it's the issue of pricing transparency in alternative lodging — European regulators are out in front of their counterparts in other parts of the world, including those in the United States. Travelers shouldn't have to be detectives in trying to figure out what their lodging tab will be.

2 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.

3 months ago

Expedia Faces Stiff Headwinds in Rebranded Short-Term Rental Business

Expedia Faces Stiff Headwinds in Rebranded Short-Term Rental Business

Dennis Schaal, Skift

When Expedia announced the acquisition of HomeAway in 2015, then-CFO Mark Okerstrom called it "a huge opportunity on a go-forward basis." Today, it still is, but now-CEO Okerstrom said the short-term rental business must strive to gain "harder yards." The ground game is tougher than anyone realized.

5 months ago

Occupancy Taxes on Short-Term Rentals Impact Who Gets to Vacation

Occupancy Taxes on Short-Term Rentals Impact Who Gets to Vacation

Stephen L. Carter, Bloomberg

The author fantasizes that one way to level the playing field between hotels and short-term rentals would be to ban occupancy taxes outright. Well, we all know that's not going to happen.

8 months ago

Expedia to Hoteliers: Vacation Rentals Won’t Steal Your Business

Expedia to Hoteliers: Vacation Rentals Won’t Steal Your Business

Dennis Schaal, Skift

Expedia officials can try to assure hoteliers that the rise of alternative accommodations is no big deal for their businesses. But you can be certain that figuring out how to manage this changing dynamic is of paramount concern for all parties involved.

9 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.

2 years ago

What Family Travelers Really Think About Alternative Accommodations

What Family Travelers Really Think About Alternative Accommodations

Dave Montali, Skift

Family travelers mostly prefer the upper-class hotel range when traveling, yet when it comes to alternative accommodation they are much more open-minded.

3 years ago

New Skift Trends Report: The State of Alternative Accommodations 2016

New Skift Trends Report: The State of Alternative Accommodations 2016

Luke Bujarski, Skift

The U.S. alternative accommodations market remains a one-horse race with Airbnb leading its rivals, but the brand's smart first-mover advantage has also turned it into the whipping boy for local tax authorities and hotel lobbies. This turbulent landscape leaves plenty of room for new consumer-facing brands but also opportunities across the broader alternative accommodations ecosystem.

3 years ago