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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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Airbnb CEO Tells Morning News Show About News from Five Years Ago

This is a nice reminder that what is obvious to people in the industry can still seem brand new to outsiders. Even ones who you'd assume would know better.

Airbnb CEO Tells Morning News Show About News from Five Years Ago

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Hipmunk New Tonight-Only Deals for Mobile Devices Goes Big

Do you want great hotel rates for tonight, or do you want all the rates for tonight that are available on mobile? Hipmunk is banking on its belief that travelers will go for the latter so they don't have to hop around from app to app.

Hipmunk New Tonight-Only Deals for Mobile Devices Goes Big

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8 Hospitality Trends We’re Tracking at Skift This Week

8 Hospitality Trends We’re Tracking at Skift This Week

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Vacation Rental Websites Are Making Payments Easier Thanks to Airbnb

Convergence is coming to the vacation and urban rental sector with more direct bookings happening online and sites cross-contaminating inventory. Expect a merger of markets and payment methods on all rental sites.

Vacation Rental Websites Are Making Payments Easier Thanks to Airbnb

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HomeAway Gets Closer to Airbnb-Style Rentals With Control of Asia-Pacific Site

It looks like that supposed great divide between vacation rentals and Airbnb-style apartment rentals and shares isn't so immense. Or at least HomeAway will find out if it is cut out for the sharing economy.

HomeAway Gets Closer to Airbnb-Style Rentals With Control of Asia-Pacific Site

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Analyst: HomeAway’s new revenue model may be too hyped-up

HomeAway's transition to offering a pay-per-booking model, with some parallels to but not a carbon copy of Airbnb's, may be more difficult than HomeAway and investors expect.

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TripAdvisor gives independent hotels a new way to compete for bookings

There's been so much talk about hotel rate parity, and the sameness when searching for a hotel room. TripAdvisor's invitation to often-overlooked independent hotels and B&Bs may provide some real choice.

TripAdvisor gives independent hotels a new way to compete for bookings

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Has CouchSurfing become a victim of its own success?

The Airbnb precursor angered many long-term users when it turned for-profit and did a massive overhaul of its website. Now it's figuring out if millions of users can all agree what sharing looks like when there's big money at stake.

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What is a short-term rental? Leading advocacy group isn’t quite sure

Short-term apartment rentals and vacation-home rentals are two different animals, but the poll done for Airbnb, HomeAway, and TripAdvisor seeks to obfuscate the differences.

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Airbnb, Priceline and Travelocity are clunkiest sites to use, survey finds

Ease of use should indeed increase conversions, but it's difficult to compare the complexity of dealing with apartment hosts on Airbnb with simply completing a hotel booking from one brand on Hilton.com.

Airbnb, Priceline and Travelocity are clunkiest sites to use, survey finds