Skift: Airbnb’s New Pitch to Cities: We Are Serious About Working Together On December 7, Airbnb debuted a new 31-page report that summarizes the company’s four-pronged approach to working with municipalities to develop commonsense regulations of short-term rentals....Read more
Skift: Why Short-Term Rentals Will Change the Business Travel Landscape In its State of Business Travel 2016 report, Concur reported that, amongst its business travelers, home sharing is quickly gaining popularity, with 56% growth between Q1 2015 and Q1 2016.
And Airbnb reported in July that its sales to business travelers increased threefold over the past year....Read more
MarketPlace.org: Short-term rentals are reshaping real estate market in some cities In a few ways, the McMillin Court in Nashville, Tenn. looks like a vintage motel. It is yellow-and-gray, two stories tall, and in the shape of a horseshoe. All 16 units have their own doors to the outside.
The kicker is the neon sign in blue and yellow. It even touts “no vacancy,” although that’s kind of a joke. Since these are former apartments, there’s no front desk to inquire about a room. Guests like Luke Graham, of London, England, book online.
“It ticked all the boxes really,” said Graham, 33. “A good rate. It’s easy to book … For me, it’s like, as long as you can get in and secure, that’s all you need.”...Read more
Skift: Airbnb Vacation Rental Exec Says Instant Booking Going Mainstream The tide seems to be shifting in the vacation-rental arena as instantly confirmable bookings — as opposed to giving owners or property managers 24 hours or more to decide — is finally gaining momentum.
That’s the view of Michael Endelman, who heads Airbnb’s vacation rental efforts in North America, and others, about the burgeoning instant booking trend in vacation rentals....Read more
Skift: Hotels vs. Airbnb: Let the Battle Begin
On Aug. 22, the U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) debuted an online Sharing Economy Resource Center to help taxpayers better understand how to file taxes for income earned through ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft, or from renting out rooms and houses on platforms like Airbnb and HomeAway....Read more