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 month I cover Airbnb news that happened in March 2017.
Airbnb Buys Tilt, Signaling Its Growing Interest In Group Travel. Click To Tweet
We’ll see what they do here. Apparently, it was an acquihire more than an acquisition.
Women hosts have earned over $10 billion on Airbnb. That's $10,000,000,000! Click To Tweet
We already know that women hosts are our best hosts and in high demand. It’s nice to put a number on it. Since 2008, women hosts around the globe have earned a cumulative amount of over $10 billion (that’s, $10,000,000,000).
An Airbnb, now taken down, was listed in Trump Tower! The same Trump Tower where President Trump set up operations for his hard-fought presidential run. One of the reviewers wrote: “You can hear them shouting from high up in the building. I remember sitting in bed thinking, ‘I can hear them; I wonder if he can hear them.’”
7 devices every Airbnb host should put in their house. Click To Tweet
Smart lock, video doorbell, smart thermostat, smart lights, media streamer, security camera, USB chargers…I would add Party Squasher for those hosts worried about extra guests or parties. If you use OPTIMIZE at check-out, I’ve partnered with them to give you a 20% discount.
Come on, Airbnb – consumers want you on online travel agencies
Apparently, a lot of folks want Airbnb to appear in online travel agencies websites search results. For some reason, I feel like this wouldn’t work. At the very least, significant changes would need to be made to these online travel agencies since Airbnb’s are unique and hotel rooms are not.
What do you think? Include Airbnb on sites like Travelocity.com?
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