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Short-Term Rental and Vacation Rental News

Find news stories, highlighting the latest trends, developments, and opportunities in the vacation and short-term rental markets. Read stories about property management, regulation changes, and the impact of technology on the guest experience. News stories in the archive also analyze the role of major players in the industry, such as Airbnb, Vrbo, and Booking.com, and how their strategies and innovations are influencing the overall market.

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San Francisco Seeks Dismissal of HomeAway Lawsuit Alleging Airbnb Favoritism

There are holes in the arguments of both the City of San Francisco and HomeAway. The new short-term rental law would indeed put HomeAway in the new position of collecting taxes from renters, and HomeAway could find a way in its business model to make that happen. Still, the new law does appear to favor Airbnb, which already collects fees from guests.

San Francisco Seeks Dismissal of HomeAway Lawsuit Alleging Airbnb Favoritism

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Airbnb Gains From Dissatisfaction With HomeAway’s Changing Business Model

Airbnb's business model (3% commissions) is more host-friendly than HomeAway's (10% commissions). It's good news, except that it runs contrary to all the company's marketing messaging.

Airbnb Gains From Dissatisfaction With HomeAway’s Changing Business Model
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5 Hospitality Trends We’re Tracking at Skift This Week

5 Hospitality Trends We’re Tracking at Skift This Week

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Airbnb’s Next Big Challenge Is Keeping the Scammers Away

Airbnb is far past the early adopter phase, but it is just now entering the phase where its hosts and guests may not be there just for the sharing and belonging.

Airbnb’s Next Big Challenge Is Keeping the Scammers Away

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The Startup Businesses Built Around the Airbnb Ecosystem

Airbnb is either quietly building out host services for launch or keeping tabs of the growing crop of startups, which are ripe for acquisition once their product is stabilized and customer base large.

The Startup Businesses Built Around the Airbnb Ecosystem

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7 Hospitality Trends We’re Tracking at Skift This Week

7 Hospitality Trends We’re Tracking at Skift This Week

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HomeAway Integrates Gogobot, Uber and Instacart Into Mobile Services

It's smart for HomeAway to give its users more reasons to use its mobile app to improve their local experience with rides, food, and local attractions.

HomeAway Integrates Gogobot, Uber and Instacart Into Mobile Services

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How Airbnb Bought a San Francisco Short-Term Rental Law, Lawsuit Alleges

Not that HomeAway isn't above doing these sorts of things, but Airbnb's lobbyists sure were adept at getting a seat at the table in San Francisco.

How Airbnb Bought a San Francisco Short-Term Rental Law, Lawsuit Alleges

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Skift Forum Video: HomeAway’s Chief Strategist on the Evolution of Alternative Stays

It's a fascinating time in vacation rentals, and not just because of yesterday's news that HomeAway is suing San Francisco because of the law its city council let Airbnb write.

Skift Forum Video: HomeAway’s Chief Strategist on the Evolution of Alternative Stays

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TripAdvisor’s Flipkey Raises the Fees It Charges Vacation Rental Property Managers

Property managers using Flipkey have three business models to choose from: pay per lead, pay an annual subscription fee for an unlimited quantity of leads, or pay a commission per confirmed booking. Lots of choice, depending on each owner's situation.

TripAdvisor’s Flipkey Raises the Fees It Charges Vacation Rental Property Managers