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Everything That You Ever Wanted To Know About Airbnb But Were Afraid To Ask

Everything That You Every Wanted To Know About Airbnb But Were Afraid To Ask We came across this very interesting thread on Reddit where an Airbnb case manager was answering questions anonymously. There are a huge amount of questions and answers here but the insight is quite fascinating (case manager’s notes are in blue). I am a case manager with Airbnb, go ahead and ask me anything, even if you...
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The Masked Manager | ARE YOU TRAPPED IN THE SPIDERS WEB?

   By The Masked Manager ARE YOU TRAPPED IN THE SPIDERS WEB? These last few weeks has shown the moves to increasingly monetise the rental world. The doors have almost shut as Best Match is introduced on HomeAway sites and guests are led down more disturbing booking paths. From reading this week’s newsletters and forums it’s clear that wherever you have your home, how many great reviews or celebrities have...
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Airbnb Starts Innovation Lab to Make Sure It Stays Relevant for a Long, Long Time

Airbnb‘s core service–which lets travelers find and book rooms in other people’s homes–has turned the company into the biggest lodging provider in the world. But nothing lasts forever. That’s why the company, which is right now reportedly raising money at a $30 billion valuation, is branching out. Airbnb announced Tuesday that it has created an in-house innovation and design studio–dubbed “Samara“–to work on finding the ideas that will move it beyond the home and...
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How to Make Your Airbnb Photos Stand Out

How to Make Your Airbnb Photos Stand Out By Snezana Krdzic of Short Term Stays Is your Airbnb selfie worthy? And by that we mean, is it ready to take professional shots that will be posted for everyone to see? And if not, how do you even go about preparing your rental property for the arrival of a photographer? It’s a no-brainer that professional photos are a must nowadays, that...
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Why Is Santa Monica Allowing Homeaway Etc To Break The Law?

I came across the story below, of a vacation rental operator being convicted of operating an illegal VR business in Santa Monica and got to wondering how this breaks down into the “them and us” of big vacation rental business and small vacation rental business. Mr Shatford, the VR operator in question, was operating four VR’s and was, quite rightly, prosecuted and convicted. My question to the Santa Monica task force...
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What changes are shaping the collaborative industry in 2016?

What changes are shaping the collaborative industry in 2016? Avantio is the first European platform to connect professional managers of vacation accommodation with Airbnb Spain, Europe: While in the European Economic Community intelligent economists and politicians meet in endless committee meetings to discuss the future and regulation of the collaborative economy, the business model is transforming, eliminating prejudices and demonstrating that it can adapt to market and consumer needs. Proof...
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What It Takes to Be an Airbnb Host That Has Soul

What It Takes to Be an Airbnb Host That Has Soul By Snezana Krdzic of Short Term Stays We all have soul right? But what we want to address today is how to keep the soul behind the basic idea of the home sharing industry, and not let it become just your business. Being an Airbnb host is a game we’d all love to participate in, and we can, but...
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Airbnb: Unregulated hotels or financial lifeline?

Airbnb: Unregulated hotels or financial lifeline? Former Chicago Ald. Will Burns (4th) talks to 1871 Chief Operations Officer Tom Alexander about the booming “home-sharing” market in Chicago. Burns resigned his council seat in February to take a job at Airbnb, a home-sharing website. | Andy Grimm/Sun-Times A hospitality industry group released a stinging report on Tuesday that contends the “home-sharing” website Airbnb is running an unregulated hotel marketplace that dodges local...
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Airbnb: I’m Not Trying to Break Up With You, But I Think We Should See Other People

BLOOMBERG VIA GETTY IMAGES Let’s get this out of the way: Airbnb is fairly amazing. These days, with the click of a button, you’re at home pretty much anywhere around the globe, whenever you want to be. For those who can’t stop exploring, it’s easier than ever to stay mobile at a price that’s often remarkably affordable. Yes, Airbnb is terrific — until it’s not. Airbnb is still largely illegal...
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Airbnb’s Rocky Road to Vacation Bookings Supremecy

Airbnb announced recently collaborations with a number of tech companies, in order to boost the company’s business conversions. API tests last year with the likes of Live Rez, BookingPal, Kigo and LeisureLink, as well as other connections, promise Airbnb hosts a billboard to reach even more guests. Tech connectedness is certainly Airbnb’s forte, as is the shared economy, but there’s some trouble brewing too. Here’s a look at what’s up with...
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