Since January, I’ve struggled to maintain the standards you all are used to as I’ve decided on the lofty goal of learning a second language. This is why I’m posting two months worth of news today. You can expect the recurring weekly posts going forward!
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 is Airbnb news February and March 2018.Fun and unique Airbnb news from February and March 2018 Click To Tweet
I’m finishing up my review of AirDNA’s MarketMinder software tool and found this to be insightful.
150 best places to buy a vacation rental property in 2018 Click To Tweet
WooHoo! I’ve always said that Airbnb will win out in the long-term because they’re providing something so powerful, but in the short-term some cities will get confused making it difficult for the responsible Airbnb hosts. Well, Berlin is the first to understand that Airbnb is not going anyways, nor should it, and they’re reversed most of their stringent anti-Airbnb laws. Barcelona, Amsterdam, New York, you’re next 😀
Here is the website. If you’re a host in one of the active 25 cities, be sure to mention it to your guest!
Airbnb now offers intimate concerts around the globe Click To Tweet
Here is my favorite: 7. The Airbnb community has supported 730 000 jobs in 2016 and is projected to support 1.3 million jobs in 2017.
Don’t forget about all the cleaners, maintenance workers, local businesses, etc. that Airbnb’s have directly or indirectly supported.
10 facts about Airbnb Click To Tweet
Definitely some good refresher gems in this article. Nothing new if you follow me for more than 6 months, except one thing: apparently Airbnb changes the new listing boost to 72 hours instead of an entire month. Bummer.
Insurance, vetting guests, security cameras, help from others, etc. One bad guest can ruin your Airbnb, so reading this could be worth gold to you. In addition, read my article on How to Identify Problem Airbnb Guests Before They Book.
Not too much is said in the article, the title is intriguing. Airbnb has considered many additions besides just homes. We’ll see if it plays out. Here is the Twitter feed to Brian Chesky’s question: Let’s say you could wave a magic wand and have the perfect flying experience, what would that look like?
Airbnb and flights...? Click To Tweet
Ok. Ok. Calm down. This is NOT news. Though, it’s created some buzz with a great title. I even got a call for an interview on how this will effect the….hotel industry. The answer: not at all. That is, if you are defining the hotel industry as the large chain hotels. For them, nothing has changed. In fact, for the other hotels referenced in the article, not much has changed either. It seems Airbnb is making it a bit easier for small, boutique hotels to get on Airbnb. But, they all have to be vetted by Airbnb. Most of them were already on Airbnb anyways. The title of the article should be ‘Airbnb to open platform for boutique hotels, making it slightly easier for those not already on the platform.’
We all know that Airbnb is a liberal company, but never have they been (and other tech companies) so verbal about their political agenda. For one, it’s bad for profits. And, you’re a company so profits ranks most important especially because you have investors and stockholders, many of them. Additionally, issues like immigration is a complex issue and simply letting everyone in is a bad idea, but again, you’re a company, not a politician. I plead with you, stay out of politics.
Overall, this (and Airbnb Plus) is a good thing, but not for the reason you think. Currently, there’s no real way to decipher between a more unique Airbnb and more standard, cookie-cutter Airbnb. With these services, there are. And this helps guests make the best decision for themselves. Without this and relying on guests intuition, many of whom are new to the platform, make the wrong decision which ends up in a negative review for the host. I hope now that with these high-end options, if the guest chooses a lower end option, they are more lenient with their expectations.
I would love to read your comments about this news or new stuff not covered! This was Airbnb news February and March 2018.
Also published on Medium.