In this monthly piece, I’m going to focus on the fun and interesting news coming out about Airbnb. I’ll mostly be ignoring news from governments and special-interest groups about regulation, litigation, taxes, housing crisis, etc. This post covers Airbnb news July 2017.
Hilton’s new millennial hotel chain takes on Airbnb
If there is one thing Airbnb is missing, it’s the thing they promote most: human connection. This is because most listings are entire units. Hotels have an advantage over Airbnb in this arena because they own large buildings where people stay rather than spreading people out all over. And, those hotels are already where people want to go. If a hotel were to create a hotel alternative where someone could get a private room and a shared (clean) kitchen and bathroom, but large common space and even events, this would win for a lot of solo travelers.If there's one thing Airbnb is missing, it’s the thing they promote most: human connection. Click To Tweet
This is cool! Like a virtual tour of your home with relevant ‘sticky notes’ in places like washer and dryer, thermostat, and TV remote. The idea was created by a designer not affiliated with Airbnb.
Hosts are not going to like this one. But, in fairness, it is the right move. I’m surprised it took this long. In the past, it was an easy exit route for property managers because guests didn’t know any better until after the fact and it seemed like the right thing to do in their minds (that is, to cancel the reservation early). I agree with this move. I hope more moves like this are made on Airbnb’s behalf so that I don’t see 50% 5-star listings, 40% with no reviews and 10% with bad reviews. I would love to see a more even proportion. A 4-star home shouldn’t be considered the plague, like it is now with their 5-star or bust system.What do you think of Airbn's new canceled visit review policy? Click To Tweet
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This is a very promising article for Airbnb with very intuitive graphs.Airbnb on track to rack up more than 100 million nights in 2017...and that's just the beginning. Click To Tweet
It looks like Airbnb will be rolling out categories of Airbnb listings, similar to how you would select your Lyft or Uber. Lux is for mansions and penthouses while Select is for apartments and houses.
Airbnb moves into 999 Brannan Street with space for 800 employees to add to their 3,000 person workforce, half of which are in SF. There’s also rumors of moving into a portion of the Zynga space at 699 8th Street.
Full of great interior design / atmosphere tips for your Airbnb. Worth the 7 minute read if you have time to revamp your Airbnb.
Well, it’s an interesting read, but you’re not going to do this for every potential guest. Be sure to read how to identify problem guests based on their profile.
Do you know how to spot a nightmare Airbnb guest? Click To Tweet
I would love to read your comments about this news or new stuff not covered! This was Airbnb news July 2017.
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