Vacasa Seeks New CEO as Founder Eric Breon Steps Aside

Vacasa founder and CEO Eric Breon spoke with executive editor Dennis Schaal at Skift Tech Forum in San Francisco in June 2019. Vacasa is seeking a replacement for CEO Eric Breon. It has chosen Matt Roberts, former OpenTable CEO, as interim CEO of the vacation rental property management service. Skift Skift Take: Eric Breon grew … [Read more…]

What’s Wrong at Tripadvisor?

Shown here is a Tripadvisor store at Toronto airport. Raysonho @ Open Grid Scheduler / Scalable Grid Engine / Wikimedia Skift Take: Question: At Tripadvisor, as a controlled company, what mechanisms did minority shareholders have to pressure Chairman Greg Maffei to make dramatic changes? Answer: Relatively few. — Dennis Schaal Slim Leather Travel Passport Wallet … [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…]

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…]

Kayak’s Search App Will Soon Let Users Check in to Select Rentals and Hotels

Shown here is the interior of a short-term rental run by hospitality company Lyric at a location in Philadelphia’s Washington Square West neighborhood and featuring on the walls photography by artist Shawn Theodore. Lyric is the first hospitality company invited to partner with travel search company Kayak on new online booking cross-promotion. Lyric Skift Take: … [Read more…]

Airbnb Doubles Down on Professional Vacation Rentals in Resort Areas

A sample vacation rental that has been reservable at Booking.com 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 … [Read more…]