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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.

Hotels

Video: HomeAway’s CEO on why Airbnb isn’t really competition

In contrast to the opaque balance sheet of its more hyped peers, HomeAway's CEO can confidently point to six strong quarters as a public company.

Hotels

How Booking.com and its ad campaign may change your lodging options

Where Booking.com leads, other online travel agencies tend to follow. Don't be surprised if you start seeing more apartment hotels and hostels appearing on Expedia sometime soon.

How Booking.com and its ad campaign may change your lodging options
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Hotels

Hostels reimagined in the age of boutique hotels & social media

If the whole world is becoming more "affordable design" conscious, why couldn't hostels be too?

Airlines

U.S. Travel ecommerce spending tops $100 billion, airlines outpace hotels

The online future of travel was decided a while ago, the growth numbers on mobile will define the next decade.

Online Travel

HomeAway will copy Airbnb and Booking.com for new initiatives

HomeAway is mimicking Airbnb's pay-per booking model in some ways, although HomeAway isn't getting into peer-to-peer apartment rentals in any big way just yet.

Online Travel

Chinese vacation rental site gets big funding, totals $64 million

Everything in China requires big money to scale, to the big scale that the country demands. Tujia is clearly on that path, and HomeAway was smart to partner and then invest.

Hotels

Last week’s blizzard was a blessing for business at ski resorts in the northeast U.S.

Ski resorts can turn out fake powder all day on the slopes, but they have little control over what really drives visitors from major cities to book long, expensive ski weekends.

Last week’s blizzard was a blessing for business at ski resorts in the northeast U.S.

Hotels

Why Wyndham isn’t necessarily much of a hotel business

While some hotel companies are worried about disruptive vacation rentals, Wyndham did $125 million in the sector in the fourth quarter. While vacation rental revenue was flat and rates were down, Wyndham has a big hedge against that disruption.

Why Wyndham isn’t necessarily much of a hotel business

Online Travel

HomeAway organizing property owners to fight short-term rental restrictions

Short-term rentals are disruptive, and sometimes illegal. The battle to accommodate them or not is being fought out in hundreds of small battles at the local and state levels.

HomeAway organizing property owners to fight short-term rental restrictions

Hotels

Timeshare king David Siegel wears down sales agents he decided not to pay

Whether it's Westgate or a more reputable company like Wyndham, the reality of a timeshare rarely matches the promise of a high-pressure sales pitch -- no matter which end of that pitch you're on.