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Airbnb News

What started as AirBedandBreakfast.com has grown into a massive public company that IPOd in 2020. Airbnb is now the world’s largest online alternative-accommodation community, allowing millions of users to list, search, and rent authentic homestays and vacation-rental experiences in countless cities across the globe.

Business Travel

Daily Podcast: Business Travel Blues

Good morning from Skift. It's Tuesday, March 8, in New York City. Here's what you need to know about the business of travel today.

Daily Podcast: Business Travel Blues

Online Travel

Ukraine Bookers on Airbnb Get Duped Despite Heartfelt Support

Airbnb bookings in Ukraine are very well-intentioned and much of it may be going to hard-hit individual hosts. However, Airbnb doesn’t expressly identify professional hosts so a chunk of the funds may be unwittingly going to big property managers that aren’t even based in Ukraine.

Ukraine Bookers on Airbnb Get Duped Despite Heartfelt Support

Online Travel

Expedia Ceases Sales to and From Russia

Expedia Group stepped out of the pack and ceased offering travel to and from Russia because of Putin's invasion of Ukraine. The company doesn't have a ton of Russia-related business, so even if the move is more symbolic than anything else, it is an important statement.

Expedia Ceases Sales to and From Russia

Online Travel

Podcast: Measuring Airbnb and Booking’s Profit Momentum

Booking Holdings is a significantly more profitable company than Airbnb, which recovered from the pandemic faster, and likely has more upside, but that is certainly debatable.

Podcast: Measuring Airbnb and Booking’s Profit Momentum

Online Travel

Booking Holdings Looks to Pull Away from Airbnb on Profit Margins

As part of its "connected trip" and loyalty strategy, Booking Holdings argued it can convince hotels and other partners to offer up substantial discounts and perks, and this would spur incremental bookings. But do hotels really want to be a cog in building the Booking.com brand?

Booking Holdings Looks to Pull Away from Airbnb on Profit Margins

Online Travel

Tripadvisor Plus Is Case Study in Online Travel Hype

Less than a year ago, a Tripadvisor pitch deck about Tripadvisor Plus touted its "multibillion dollar revenue potential." Despite the company expressing confidence in Plus when it scrapped its business model in September, Tripadvisor admitted last week "we haven't found the product-market fit that we're looking for."

Tripadvisor Plus Is Case Study in Online Travel Hype

Online Travel

The Tripadvisor Earnings Call That Became a Sales Pitch for Viator

Whether it is hotel-like commission levels on the online travel agencies, new product features, or market share gains, Tripadvisor was unabashedly selling the virtues of a Viator IPO — or deal. It's not a winner-take-all market, but rivals have narrowed any competitive gap.

The Tripadvisor Earnings Call That Became a Sales Pitch for Viator

Online Travel

Expedia CEO Takes Shot at Airbnb Chief Brian Chesky’s Long-Term Stays Mantra

Expedia Group's Peter Kern may or may not be correct in his claim that the trend toward long-term stays will eventually weaken to a considerable degree. On the other hand, his Vrbo vacation rental brand probably could have done more to capitalize on the trend.

Expedia CEO Takes Shot at Airbnb Chief Brian Chesky’s Long-Term Stays Mantra

Short-Term Rentals

Airbnb Looks to Recruit More Hosts to Meet Demand After Record 2021

By the numbers alone — around 4 million hosts — Airbnb hasn't made much progress in host recruitment despite marketing campaigns, easing the onboarding process, and pairing hosts with super host mentors. But there is a pandemic still going on, and Asia-Pacific has largely not rebounded.

Airbnb Looks to Recruit More Hosts to Meet Demand After Record 2021

Hotels

Inspirato’s Public Debut Receives Investor Endorsement of Subscription Travel

Unlike Airbnb and Vrbo, which have struggled at times to attract ample numbers of hosts to meet demand, Inspirato and its subscription model play in a more focused space. Although there is plenty of competition, there are tons of potential home leases to lay siege for around the world where the monied set want to jet and play.

Inspirato’s Public Debut Receives Investor Endorsement of Subscription Travel