Harry Potter’s house is on Airbnb

Harry Potter hardly spent any time in his childhood home, and his one notable experience there wasn’t exactly pleasant, but a trip to the Potter residence in Godric’s Hollow is a must for any true Potter fan. The De Vere House in Lavenham, England, served as Harry’s childhood home in the films, and now it’s … [Read more…]

Online Travel Agency Giants Are on the Backfoot in Tours and Experiences

Airbnb host Kenyatta Forbes holds a Macrame workshop at the Bing Reading Room in Chicago, Illinois, on April 11, 2017. Expedia, Booking.com, and Ctrip are struggling to gain traction in the selling of sightseeing and experiences compared with new players like Airbnb. Christopher Dilts / Airbnb Experiences Skift Take: Expedia, Booking.com, and Ctrip are boosting … [Read more…]

Did Airbnb’s Contrarian Narrative Just Get Messed Up?

New reporting on Airbnb suggests its finances might not be as neat and tidy as it hopes to present ahead going public, with operating losses doubling in the first quarter. Lulu Yilun Chen / Bloomberg Skift Take: Airbnb is on a path toward spending as much as $2 billion in sales and marketing in 2019. … [Read more…]

Airbnb Doubles Down on Professional Vacation Rentals in Resort Areas

A sample vacation rental that has been reservable at Booking.com is this property, Villa Zest, in Suratthani on Koh Samui island in Thailand. Airbnb Skift Take: The online juggernaut isn’t satisfied with dominating urban markets. Airbnb wants to take the beaches and the mountains, too, in the battle for short-term rental bookings. So the company … [Read more…]

Ethical Airbnb animal experiences

Animal tourism is… dicey, to say the least. While getting out in nature and appreciating wild animals in their natural habitat is all well and good, other practices like elephant rides, tiger encounters, and even zoos have come under fire in recent years, causing many to shun the practice of using animals as a tourist … [Read more…]

Why Airbnb Won’t Do an Initial Public Offering in 2020

Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky speaks during an announcement in San Francisco, April 19, 2016. Airbnb intends to become a pubic company in 2020. Jeff Chiu / Associated Press Skift Take: Airbnb has always put itself out there as not just another startup or your grandmother’s online travel agency. Going the direct listing route, … [Read more…]

Skift Global Forum Preview: Why Airbnb Turned to HotelTonight for Its Data Savvy

The Lucky Dragon Hotel and Casino is an Asian-themed boutique hotel and casino that has sometimes offered rooms on booking site HotelTonight. You can hear the CEO of HotelTonight, Sam Shank, speak at Skift Global Forum in New York City in September 2019. Tim Rue / Bloomberg Skift Take: HotelTonight’s acquisition by Airbnb last March … [Read more…]

How Can Airbnb Guests Live Like Locals if Hosts Are, Well, Corporations?

An outdoor common area in a London listing on Airbnb. A study found that most lists on Airbnb in the UK were from hosts who have multiple listings. Airbnb Skift Take: The professionalization of Airbnb may mean cleaner bedsheets and more front desks. But it may also contribute to higher home prices to the detriment … [Read more…]

How To Save Up To $400 Off Your Next Airbnb Vacation Rental!

Save Money with this Airbnb Coupon Code Discount Travel Tips Use my special Airbnb coupon code to get a big discount off your next vacation apartment booking. Save money & travel like a local with Airbnb! I’m sure you’ve already heard about Airbnb by now. It’s the super popular vacation rental company that lets you … [Read more…]

Boutique Rental Brand Sonder Raises Another $225 Million

A Sonder unit. The company is getting more funding. Sonder Skift Take: Sonder’s hotel-style serviced apartments operate in that sweet spot between Airbnb homeshares and full-on hotels. There are, of course, plenty of rivals doing a similar thing, but this funding round will enable Sonder to expand its business and give it a competitive edge. … [Read more…]