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If you wandered through the dreams of ‘90s kids around the country, you’d probably find yourself amid aisles of blue, yellow, and white VHS boxes as far as the eye can see. In Bend, Oregon, that dream is becoming a reality. Sandi Harding operates the very last Blockbuster store in the US, and now she’s […]

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Best cozy Airbnbs in New York 2020

2020 would be much better if we all just retreated to the woods, hunkered down in a cabin, and lost ourselves in a book until someone told us it’s safe to come out again. You probably can’t afford to disappear for several months, but a cozy weekend getaway is still very much on the table. […]

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Budapest regulating Airbnb stays

Budapest is the latest in a string of European capitals to impose restrictions on Airbnb rentals, which are largely held responsible for the overtourism problem major European cities have been experiencing since the home-sharing platform launched in 2008. The Hungarian capital approved new legislation on Tuesday that will help limit the number of days hosts […]

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Booking Holdings Takes Solitary Path in Online Travel Debate Over Offering Financial Relief to Partners

Pictured is a Spring Airlines A320 bedecked as Booking.com as seen on July 7, 2018. Booking Holdings doesn’t have a financial relief program for travel partners growing out of the coronavirus crisis. Kwok Ho Eddie Wong / Flickr.com Skift Take: Booking Holdings may be calculating that partner memories aren’t exceedingly long. On the other hand, […]

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Trump’s Social Media Executive Order Poses Threat to Airbnb, Tripadvisor, Google and Yelp

A file photo of TripAdvisor users in Cartagena, Colombia from a video 5 Rising Destinations in Latin America to Discover. Tripadvisor Skift Take: The liability protections that online travel businesses such as Airbnb, Google and Tripadvisor enjoy under the Communications Decency Act could be collateral damage in President Trump’s effort to go after Twitter and […]

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Expedia Shuts a Short-Term Rental Biz It Created From 2 Acquisitions

Pictured is an apartment building that was managed by Vacasa. Expedia Group shuttered its short-term rental service for buildings of this type. Vacasa Skift Take: Expedia Group is trying to simplify its far-flung operations, and its multifamily, short-term rental business wasn’t a core endeavor. That’s especially true when you consider how Covid-19 has decimated demand […]

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Expedia Group CEO Peter Kern on Navigating a Frenemy Relationship With Airbnb

Expedia Group CEO Peter Kern is open to a partnership with Airbnb. Expedia Group Skift Take: Many companies won’t reopen for business when coronavirus ebbs, but two that will definitely still be left standing will be Expedia Group and Airbnb. They could potentially find ways to cooperate in the face of bigger threats in the […]

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European Travel Ban Came Too Late and 11 Other Top Coronavirus Travel Stories This Week

A passenger wears a protective mask at Adolfo Suarez-Barajas international airport on the outskirts of Madrid, Spain, on March 11, 2020. Bernat Armangue / Associated Press Skift Take: In coronavirus-related travel stories this week, Skift covered the tardiness of banning European travel to the United States, Airbnb and Trivago’s workforce cuts, staycations, Hilton’s views on […]

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Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky Poised for New Era of Travel Redistribution: The Long View This Week

Brian Chesky, Airbnb co-founder and CEO was interviewed by Skift Founder Rafat Ali in his The Long View podcast on April 24, 2020. Chesky said travel will be different and better when the pandemic is over. Skift Skift Take: Can Airbnb be less of a real estate play and more of a facilitator of human […]

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Expedia Close to Selling a Potential $1 Billion Stake to Private Equity to Help Shore Up Finances

Pictured is Expedia Group chairman Barry Diller. Two private equity firms may invest in the company to get it through the coronavirus pandemic. Patrick Fallon / Bloomberg Skift Take: Two private equity firms are likely taking a minority stake in Expedia Group at very attractive terms — for the investors. There will be a flood […]