Airbnb Loses $276 Million and 6 Other Takeaways From Its Fourth Quarter

An Airbnb Plus property in Nashville, Tennessee. Airbnb piled up losses in the fourth quarter of 2019. Airbnb Skift Take: Airbnb’s fourth quarter financials show it is 10 times larger than Tripadvisor. They also provide clarity that Booking Holdings has a long way to go to catch Airbnb in short-term rental businesses. Airbnb’s growing marketing … [Read more…]

Airbnb Bookings Nosedive Because of Coronavirus

An Airbnb Plus property in Milan, Italy. Airbnb’s global bookings have plunged because of the coronavirus pandemic. Airbnb Skift Take: Airbnb is subject to most of the same trends that the rest of the hospitality industry is grappling with, whether it be in China, Italy, or South Korea. No big surprise here, although it’s good … [Read more…]

Hate-Selling in the Age of Google Travel

Attendees watch a presentation during a Google Inc. 20th anniversary event in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Monday, Sept. 24, 2018. The search giant announced a raft of new features at an event celebrating its 20th anniversary. A Facebook-like newsfeed populated with videos and articles the company thinks an individual user would find interesting will … [Read more…]

Regulatory Scrutiny of Online Travel Platforms Could Shed New Light on Business Practices

trivago Campus 2018: Facade with Hotel Search Logo The facade and logo outside Trivago An Australia court chastised Trivago about the way it displays hotel discounts. Pictured is Trivago Germany headquarters as seen in 2018. Trivago Skift Take: Online travel companies have faced intense regulatory scrutiny almost since the first days of internet bookings. But … [Read more…]

6 Takeaways From Airbnb’s Manifesto on Stakeholder Capitalism Ahead of Davos

Airbnb won’t be at the World Economic Forum in Davos this year, but it had a few things to same about the 2020 theme of stakeholder capitalism. Visual Hunt Skift Take: Airbnb has legions of critics, and it knows that its articulated stakeholder goals will get intense scrutiny. But if the company turns some of … [Read more…]

Airbnb Hosts Asked by Police in North Carolina to Register Properties to Prevent Unruly Parties

Despite its own efforts to verify its hosts, police are asking for extra measures to ensure everyone is safe. Skift Skift Take: Airbnb is taking measures to verify its listings as a safety measure, but it looks like police want more, like this request for hosts to register in North Carolina. Good idea. — Tom … [Read more…]

The Most Important Story in Online Travel in 2019

Pictured is an Airbnb cottage for rent in Mayne Island, British Columbia, Canada. Airbnb booked more room nights than Expedia in the first quarter of 2019. Airbnb Skift Take: Airbnb overtook Expedia in room nights booked in the first quarter of 2019, but questions loom for 2020. Will Airbnb lose its focus as it vows … [Read more…]

Europe’s Top Court Sides With Airbnb in a Major Case Brought by Hotels in France

A Parisian apartment. Mark Hauser Skift Take: Airbnb has staked its entire model on the sometimes-tenuous idea that it’s not an accommodation provider, but a digital platform. The company will be relieved to find that Europe’s top court agrees. — Rosie Spinks Slim Leather Travel Passport Wallet Holder RFID Blocking ID Card Case Cover US … [Read more…]

Airbnb sending home cooks to Italy

Airbnb is launching new Airbnb Cooking Experiences — bookable experiences designed to help travelers understand culinary traditions around the world. If you fancy yourself a master chef in your own kitchen, now’s your time to take your talents abroad. As part of the new launch, Airbnb will send 100 home chefs on a trip to … [Read more…]

Airbnb Signs 9-Year Sponsorship Deal With Olympics Ahead of Tokyo Games

Joe Gebbia, Airbnb Co-Founder gives a speech after signing​ a nine-year, five-Games partnership with the IOC, at Japan House, London. Matt Alexander / PA Wire Skift Take: That Airbnb chose the Olympic Games for its first-ever global sponsorship deal makes sense — the event both aligns with the brand’s ethos and will be a boon … [Read more…]