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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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HomeAway Emphasizes Legal Rentals With Investment in HotSpot Tax

If the alternative lodging sector is still in its early days, then it is reasonable to envision that the market for services that help property owners and managers decipher the complexities of local rental taxes will only grow. HomeAway's investment in HotSpot Tax should burnish a hoped-for image of a vacation rental site that wants to ensure compliance with local laws.

HomeAway Emphasizes Legal Rentals With Investment in HotSpot Tax

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How Couchsurfing Plans to Take Back Its Corner of the Sharing Economy

Couchsurfing sobered up only to realize it was the last drunk backpacker left at the party and the rest of its friends had gone home to make money and travel in a more sophisticated fashion. Can it keep true to its beliefs to grow up without giving in?

How Couchsurfing Plans to Take Back Its Corner of the Sharing Economy
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Airbnb’s CEO Explains the Sharing Economy to Stephen Colbert

Chesky's appearance no doubt had Uber CEO Travis Kalanick asking his PR team why the Airbnb kid got to do Colbert before he did.

Airbnb’s CEO Explains the Sharing Economy to Stephen Colbert

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6 Ways Airbnb Changed Travel and the Vacation Rental Industry

Airbnb has been a true disruptor in travel, and we'll continue to keep a close watch as it matures into a broader industry player.

6 Ways Airbnb Changed Travel and the Vacation Rental Industry

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HomeAway’s Boss Still Isn’t Impressed by TripAdvisor’s Vacation Rentals

How much emphasis will TripAdvisor really give to vacation rentals in the short term. It is already preoccupied with hotel metasearch and now restaurants. Can it do vacation rentals really well at the same time?

HomeAway’s Boss Still Isn’t Impressed by TripAdvisor’s Vacation Rentals

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HomeAway Is Finally Getting Serious About Digital Marketing

A lot of things are falling into place for HomeAway, and now it is set to really build a brand.

HomeAway Is Finally Getting Serious About Digital Marketing

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Changing of the Guard as Airbnb, TripAdvisor and HomeAway Join Travel Tech Trade Group

The entrance of Airbnb, TripAdvisor and HomeAway into the ranks of the heretofore online travel agency-dominated Travel Technology Association is a sign of the sharing-economy times, and will give the newbies added clout when the butt heads with local regulators.

Changing of the Guard as Airbnb, TripAdvisor and HomeAway Join Travel Tech Trade Group

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Skift Survey: More People Actually Prefer the New Airbnb Logo to the Old One

Lesson: Always look beyond the signals emanating from early adopters on Twitter.

Skift Survey: More People Actually Prefer the New Airbnb Logo to the Old One

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Airbnb’s New Logo and Website Want You to Feel Belonging

Airbnb has always been a leader in design, which is why we're not surprised by the site redesign but are shocked by the lousy logo.

Airbnb’s New Logo and Website Want You to Feel Belonging

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Madrid Bans Use of Airbnb and Other Short-Term Rentals for Less than 5 Days

Spain needs to balance regulating the black-market economy with making it easier to start a business or keep one running.

Madrid Bans Use of Airbnb and Other Short-Term Rentals for Less than 5 Days