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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

Two Airbnb-clone rental sites in China each get $10 million in funding

Short-term rentals are disruptive to the lodging industry and truly global in scope, as this funding news punctuates.

Two Airbnb-clone rental sites in China each get $10 million in funding

Hotels

Airbnb’s growing pains mirrored in New York City, where half its listings are illegal rentals

One would hope that a company that has the ears of both the youngest and the most affluent travelers would take its responsibilities seriously: Not only by the way they handle the legal side of the issue, but also in how they lead the conversation in addressing the questions that these laws raise.

Airbnb’s growing pains mirrored in New York City, where half its listings are illegal rentals
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Hotels

Exclusive: Booking.com is HomeAway’s new vacation rental competitor

These are early days, but when a major hotel provider such as Booking.com diversifies into vacation rentals, everyone should take notice.

Exclusive: Booking.com is HomeAway’s new vacation rental competitor

Hotels

The tricky balance between legality and innovation in the sharing economy

As disruptive companies in the sharing economy take hold, local laws in some cases will change to accommodate them. That is beginning to happen.

The tricky balance between legality and innovation in the sharing economy

Hotels

Airbnb updates its iOS app to make the mobile and web booking experience more similar

As Airbnb’s mobile bookings increase, it only makes sense that it strive to make the process as easy as possible, especially in terms of language as the company races to infiltrate foreign markets ahead of its competitors.

Airbnb updates its iOS app to make the mobile and web booking experience more similar

Airlines

Google rebuff to TripIt, WorldMate and TripCase with new reservations search tool

TripIt, WorldMate and GateGuru focus on their itinerary management and flight-tracking specialties, but Google has given them all something to think about with its new search service for flight, hotel and restaurant reservations.

Google rebuff to TripIt, WorldMate and TripCase with new reservations search tool

Hotels

Vacation rental association continues its listless push for distribution

The vacation rental switch will be used by professionally managed properties for wider distribution and this would give travelers more reliable options when staying in vacation homes.

Vacation rental association continues its listless push for distribution

Hotels

Hilton Head collects $150,000 from vacation rental owners after identifying VRBO “properties of interest”

The free tax ride may be over for vacation rental owners listing their properties on sites such as VRBO and HomeAway.

Hotels

MyGola pivots from concierge-planned trips to algorithmic ones

MyGola is taking a technology approach to easing trip-planning pain. Algorithms may cost a lot less over the long term than human travel planners, but let's see if there is enough of an audience for the service.

MyGola pivots from concierge-planned trips to algorithmic ones

Hotels

Airbnb acquires Localmind to create crowdsourced advice about neighborhoods

The room-booking site has made recent efforts to boost its local wisdom with products featuring neighborhood best of lists and tips from residents and Airbnb users. Localmind's integration may help it improve the type of advice it can offer.