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…]

Airbnb’s open letter to the EU

Last week, Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Bordeaux, Brussels, Krakow, Munich, Paris, Valencia, and Vienna wrote a joint letter to the EU, arguing that Airbnb was negatively changing neighborhoods by leading to housing shortages and rising rent, and asking for help fighting the home-sharing giant. Now, Airbnb is firing back with a letter of its own. In … [Read more…]

Why Etraveli’s Airline Tech Deal Could Catch Airbnb’s Eye

Some developers at work in the Athens, Greece, office of Etraveli, an online travel group based in Sweden. Hopefully they take better care of the software code than the fish in that fish tank. Etraveli Skift Take: We don’t know much about Airbnb’s thinking about launching a flights product, but an unrelated acquisition by Etraveli … [Read more…]

European Cities Turn to EU for Help in Battle Against Airbnb

Paris is one of 10 cities asking the EU for more help regulating Airbnb. Mike Hauser / Flickr Skift Take: Until Airbnb becomes more forthcoming about the information in its listings, which would enable cities to enforce their local regulations, the company will continue to face opposition from municipalities that want to limit its growth. … [Read more…]

Airbnb’s trending summer travel

A good way to know the under-the-radar destinations that are trending this year is to look at Airbnb’s booking data for this summer (between June 1 and September 2). The accommodation-sharing service is so incredibly popular that it’s in a unique position to show which destinations are piquing people’s interest, from China to Puerto Rico. … [Read more…]

CEO Hints Booking Holdings Is Ready to Buy More Companies

One part of the lobby of the Booking.com headquarters in Amsterdam. The online travel agency is the largest unit in Booking Holdings, which reported earnings on Thursday. Booking.com Skift Take: Falling victim to the so-called law of large numbers, Booking Holdings saw its total revenues for the first quarter drop 3 percent from the prior … [Read more…]

Airbnb music lessons and experiences

Airbnb is hardly just about B&Bs anymore. Moving into the experiential travel realm, the amateur lodging behemoth has become as much about finding unique, local experiences when you travel as it is finding a place to sleep. Sure, stuff like hiking to hidden waterfalls and feeding baby manatees is fun, but nothing delves into its … [Read more…]