vacation rental

Airbnb already has labels like “Guest favorites” and “Superhost” to indicate the quality of a property or the host. Now the company is adding a new label for the top…

Airbnb has a new label to denote its top (and worst) listings

Tourism and travel have come roaring back into business post-pandemic, and today a startup called Hostaway that’s building technology for one segment of that market — those owning and/or managing…

Hostaway unlocks $175M to expand its vacation rental management platform

After permanently banning parties and events on all Airbnb listings in June, the company is hardening its anti-party stance by launching new screening tools in the U.S. and Canada. The…

Airbnb launches ‘anti-party’ tech to spot potential rule-breakers at the point of booking

Platforms like Airbnb have boomed with more consumers (and business users) than ever before keen to stay in private properties when traveling or working away from their usual home base.…

Guesty books $170M to double down on property management tools for Airbnb and other rental platforms

Update (January 4, 2024): Fractional property investment startup Here.co wrote on its website that it is shutting down its services because of “the current interest rate environment and economic conditions.”…

US-based Here lets you make fractional vacation rental investments starting at $100

After “indefinitely” banning unauthorized parties at properties booked through Airbnb in 2020, the company has permanently banned them. The firm said that the temporary ban was effective in curbing guests…

Airbnb permanently bans parties on all listings

Airbnb will terminate its domestic business in China, marking the partial retreat of another Western tech giant from the country. Like most of its peers, the home sharing titan is…

Airbnb China closes domestic unit to cut costs as it bets on border reopening

Another travel startup that found itself scrambling to pivot as the COVID-19 pandemic took off is now announcing a huge round of funding after finding its feet and proving that…

AvantStay, a platform for kitting out — and then renting out — high-end vacation rental homes, raises $160M

HURR — a “Rent the Runway” style U.K. fashion rental marketplace — has raised $5.4 million in a seed funding round led by European VC firm Octopus Ventures. Also participating…

Rent the Runway-style UK fashion rental marketplace HURR raises $5.4M round led by Octopus

European Union lawmakers are consulting on how to regulate the short-term rental market across the bloc — asking whether a single set of pan-EU rules or something more locally flavored…

EU considers single rules for regulating vacation rental platforms

The mobile app provides tools for travel creators to build their own travel-based businesses in order to curate, share and soon sell interactive travel guides and planning services.

Thatch using $3M round to put travel creators on the map

Vacation rental startup Holidu has tucked $45 million in Series D funding into its suitcase — bringing its total raised since being founded back in 2014 to more than $120…

Holidu books $45M after growing its vacation rentals business ~50% YoY during COVID-19

Airbnb won’t be hosting anyone in Washington DC during the week of the Presidential Inauguration, the company said in a statement. Brian Chesky took to Twitter to confirm the company’s…

Airbnb cancels all bookings for DC during Inauguration week

Building on a policy that the company said has been in place since the Charlottesville protests back in 2017, Airbnb said it will take additional steps to beef up community…

Ahead of inauguration, Airbnb pledges bans for anyone involved in Capitol riot

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5 questions from Airbnb’s IPO filing

Airbnb filed to go public yesterday, offering the world a look into its financial performance over the past several years. The company’s S-1 detailed an expanding travel giant with billions in annual revenue that was severely disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. But past our overview of Airbnb’s core financial results and our look into which investors…

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5 questions from Airbnb’s IPO filing

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As COVID surges, what can data tell us about Airbnb’s recovery?

With travel and tourism rising across Latin America, Casai, a startup combining Airbnb single unit rentals with hotel room amenities, has raised $23 million to expand its business across Latin…

Merging Airbnb and the traditional hotel model, Mexico City’s Casai raises $23 million to grow in Latin America

Berbix, an ID verification startup that was founded by former members of the Airbnb Trust and Safety team, today announced that it has raised a $9 million Series A round…

Berbix raises $9M for its identity verification platform

When shelter-in-place was first announced in the United States, most companies in the travel space saw bookings drop. Some shuttered. Hipcamp, a San Francisco-based startup that provides private land for…

After early-COVID layoffs, Hipcamp is buying competition, hiring

Airbnb has been implementing measures to help limit hosting of unauthorized parties at listings booked through its platform, and today it implemented the strictest of all: a global ban on…

Airbnb declares all parties over indefinitely at its listings

Airbnb has ended its contracts with contingent workers early and postponed summer internships, Protocol reports. Contractors at Airbnb serve as property inspectors, home consultants and more. Contractors will reportedly receive…

Airbnb reportedly lays off contractors and cancels summer internships

Airbnb has secured commitments of $1 billion for a syndicated term loan from institutional investors, it said. The emergency cash injection comes as the coronavirus travel freeze continues to hammer…

Airbnb ups its debt by $1BN amid the coronavirus travel crunch

Airbnb said Monday that it has raised $1 billion in debt and equity from private equity firms Silver Lake and Sixth Street Partners, even as the online rental marketplace has…

Airbnb turns to private equity to raise $1 billion

The hospitality and travel industry may be reeling, but Airbnb is still doing what it can to support the global effort to fight the spread of the coronavirus causing a…

Airbnb to provide free or subsidized housing for 100,000 COVID-19 healthcare workers

Because of the current state of the global coronavirus pandemic, Airbnb has announced updates to its policies that provide reservation cancellations without charge for stays booked in specific areas. Guests…

Airbnb extends no-charge cancellation policy due to coronavirus

The European Commission announced yesterday it’s reached a data-sharing agreement with vacation rental platforms Airbnb, Booking.com, Expedia Group and Tripadvisor — trumpeting the arrangement as a “landmark agreement” which will…

Airbnb and three other P2P rental platforms agree to share limited pan-EU data

The tours and experiences market is projected to be worth $183 billion this year, and today a startup that has made inroads into the space through bootstrapping is announcing its…

ToursByLocals snaps up its first funding, C$33M, to link sightseers with guides globally

Airbnb will be breathing a sigh of relief today: Europe’s top court has judged it to be an online platform, which merely connects people looking for short-term accommodation, rather than…

Airbnb is a platform not an estate agent, says Europe’s top court

Airbnb has well and truly disrupted the world of travel accommodation, changing the conversation not just around how people discover and book places to stay, but what they expect when…

Domio raises $100M in equity and debt to take on Airbnb and hotels with its curated apartments

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