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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 Begins Expedia Beta But Only 1% of Properties are Distribution Ready

Google organic search traffic to the entire vacation rental sector has slowed of late, according to HomeAway CEO Brian Sharples. That may be one reason HomeAway is testing search engine marketing and may ramp up its spend in the latter half of 2014. The other factor is HomeAway needs to start delivering better performance to its new pay-per booking customers.

HomeAway Begins Expedia Beta But Only 1% of Properties are Distribution Ready

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HomeAway Reports Q4 Loss Because of Stayz Acquisition

HomeAway's DNA is growth through acquisition. The acquisition of Stayz led to a fourth quarter loss, but that doesn't mean much as these things can be expensive at times, and it puts HomeAway into a better strategic position in Asia-Pacific.

HomeAway Reports Q4 Loss Because of Stayz Acquisition
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Skift Studio: Luxury Retreats Founder on How a Vacation Rental Site Grows Up

Vacation rentals' popularity has boomed in recent years and gained considerable consumer awareness giving companies the opportunity to grab an ever larger customer base as long as they keep pace with mobile and local advancements.

Skift Studio: Luxury Retreats Founder on How a Vacation Rental Site Grows Up

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The 10 Airbnb Super-Hosts That Rule New York City

Airbnb is in an interesting position: These super hosts provide a good experience to guests, but they present problems when it comes to local regulations and the brand's sharing-economy-is-good-for-little-guy narrative.

The 10 Airbnb Super-Hosts That Rule New York City

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Airbnb in NYC: The Real Numbers Behind the Sharing Story

Airbnb's business in New York is a fascinating look at how the sharing economy has evolved, as well as the challenges that remain ahead of it.

Airbnb in NYC: The Real Numbers Behind the Sharing Story

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Airbnb Turns to Instagram for Second Crowdsourced Marketing Campaign

With the combination of local advice and low-cost production, this type of campaign fits well within Airbnb's sweet spot.

Airbnb Turns to Instagram for Second Crowdsourced Marketing Campaign

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HomeAway Transforms Its World With Extension of New Business Model To VRBO

Pay per booking is the next big thing, as far as HomeAway is concerned, and it is phasing it the new optional business model to its fiefdom around the world.

HomeAway Transforms Its World With Extension of New Business Model To VRBO

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HomeAway Quietly Launches Overhauled Owner-Guest Communications System, Expected Backlash

HomeAway's new communications' system was a year-and-a half in the making, and likely was very costly, but it was necessary not only to corral wayward owners, but to restore confidence in light of a phishing epidemic. HomeAway customers will be happy to know the company assembled a war room to deal with their backlash, but battle averted, for now.

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Case Closed as HomeAway and Airbnb Officially Settle Lawsuit

The HomeAway suit against Airbnb ended with no attorneys' fees being paid to the other side, a withdrawn advertising campaign, and perhaps some hurt feelings. All's well that end's well, but the two companies are on a collision course that won't be resolved in a courtroom.

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Airbnb Backs Down in Trademark Dispute With HomeAway

Airbnb clearly was on weak ground against HomeAway in this trademark lawsuit, and apparently withdrew the campaign. The gloves are off, however, and the two rivals can expect to see their competition against one another get nastier in coming years.

Airbnb Backs Down in Trademark Dispute With HomeAway