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…]

Airbnb Vs. Local Regulators Is a Lopsided Battle

An Airbnb guide to San Francisco. Effie Yang / Flickr Skift Take: The cities and municipalities that are trying to contain the likes of growth-hungry startups like Airbnb have a major disadvantage: Their adversaries have fought this fight multiple times before. — Rosie Spinks Slim Leather Travel Passport Wallet Holder RFID Blocking ID Card Case … [Read more…]

City Palace of Jaipur on Airbnb

If living at the Taj Mahal has always been your dream, this might be the closest you’ll ever get. The City Palace of Jaipur, home of Jaipur’s royal family, will soon be available to book on Airbnb. Starting on November 23, the palace’s Gudliya Suite will be available for guests to rent, making Sawai Padmanabh … [Read more…]

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…]