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Mexican Short-Term Rental Startup Casai Raises $48 Million Led by Andreessen Horowitz

An apartment in Mexico City available for rent via the travel startup Casai. Casai Skift Take: Venture capitalists rarely bet on Mexico’s travel startups. But Casai’s 80 percent average occupancy rates in August and September must’ve helped it woo top-tier investor Andreessen Horowitz. — Sean O’Neill Read the Complete Story On Skift

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Airbnb Doubles Down on Professional Vacation Rentals in Resort Areas

A sample vacation rental that has been reservable at 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 […]