Articles tagged “vrbo”

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.

1 month 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.

3 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.

2 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.

2 years ago

What Americans Really Think About Airbnb and Home-Sharing

What Americans Really Think About Airbnb and Home-Sharing

Deanna Ting, Skift

Should hotels be as worried about Airbnb and home-sharing as headlines seem to suggest? That depends, suggests a new study from the Pew Research Center.

3 years ago

Arizona State Senate Blocks Its Cities From Regulating Airbnb

Arizona State Senate Blocks Its Cities From Regulating Airbnb

Ryan Van Velzer, Associated Press

We've yet to see a state that's struck the right balance between simplifying standards — which is good — and letting communities decide what's best for their residents. Not all towns are created equal, as Florida (which has a similar law) has learned.

3 years ago

New California Law Says Airbnb and Peers Must Warn of Eviction Risks

New California Law Says Airbnb and Peers Must Warn of Eviction Risks

Associated Press

Airbnb, VRBO, and others have let hosts shoulder all the risk up to now, while always claiming that warning them of dangers was too difficult. Now that California has led, other states will likely follow suit.

3 years ago

Boulder, Colorado Moves to Restrict Airbnb-Style Short-Term Rentals

Boulder, Colorado Moves to Restrict Airbnb-Style Short-Term Rentals

Associated Press

Destinations with tight controls on growth and rental markets are often the first to feel the sting of vacation home rentals as locals have difficulty finding places to live.

4 years ago

New Insurance Policy for Airbnb Hosts Reveals Cracks in the Sharing Economy

New Insurance Policy for Airbnb Hosts Reveals Cracks in the Sharing Economy

Jason Clampet, Skift

Always read the fine print.

4 years ago

San Francisco Adds Tougher Restrictions to Proposed Vacation Rental Law

San Francisco Adds Tougher Restrictions to Proposed Vacation Rental Law

Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle

Vacation rental companies will most certainly lose customers due to the registration requirement and the three-month limit per year on rentals.

4 years ago

San Francisco’s Airbnb-Friendly Law Closer to Reality, Despite Challenges

San Francisco’s Airbnb-Friendly Law Closer to Reality, Despite Challenges

Carolyn Said, San Francisco Chronicle

The rejection of the 90-day limit is an enormous win for Airbnb. Limiting rentals to 90 days a year basically cuts Airbnb's potential income in San Francisco by 75%, and removes the incentives to illegally convert residential units for transient purposes.

5 years ago