Watch Out, HomeAway and Airbnb: TripAdvisor May Just Be The Next King Of Vacation Rentals

Forbes - Tech

When most people book a vacation rental online these days, HomeAway is typically still their first go-to. The company has been the 800-pound gorilla in the online vacation rental market space for almost a decade now since acquiring its chief rival VRBO (arguably the platform that started it all) back in 2006. It's been equally that long since the vacation rental business was a desktop, mom-and-pop enterprise to scrape some extra cash off your ski condo. The global vacation rental market now represents one of the most potentially disruptive forces in global hospitality. When VRBO sold out to HomeAway, the site had just over 60,000 listings, almost exclusively located in the U.S. Today HomeAway, now publically traded, has over a million vacation rental properties in 190 countries with various versions of their site translated into over 40 languages worldwide.


Watch Out, HomeAway and Airbnb: TripAdvisor Is About To Become The Top Vacation Rental Destination

Forbes - Tech

When most people book a vacation rental online these days, HomeAway is typically still their first go-to. The company has been the 800-pound gorilla in the online vacation rental market space for almost a decade now since acquiring its chief rival VRBO (arguably the platform that started it all) back in 2006. It's been equally that long since the vacation rental business was a desktop, mom-and-pop enterprise to scrape some extra cash off your ski condo. The global vacation rental market now represents one of the most potentially disruptive forces in global hospitality. When VRBO sold out to HomeAway, the site had just over 60,000 listings, almost exclusively located in the U.S. Today HomeAway, now publically traded, has over a million vacation rental properties in 190 countries with various versions of their site translated into over 40 languages worldwide.


Watch Out, HomeAway and Airbnb: TripAdvisor Now Offers Vacation Rentals

Forbes - Tech

When most people book a vacation rental online these days, HomeAway is typically still their first go-to. The company has been the 800-pound gorilla in the online vacation rental market space for almost a decade now since acquiring its chief rival VRBO (arguably the platform that started it all) back in 2006. It's been equally that long since the vacation rental business was a desktop, mom-and-pop enterprise to scrape some extra cash off your ski condo. The global vacation rental market now represents one of the most potentially disruptive forces in global hospitality. When VRBO sold out to HomeAway, the site had just over 60,000 listings, almost exclusively located in the U.S. Today HomeAway, now publically traded, has over a million vacation rental properties in 190 countries with various versions of their site translated into over 40 languages worldwide.


Expedia, Priceline Home In on Airbnb's Turf

WSJ.com: WSJD - Technology

Expedia and Priceline, which have dominated hotel bookings for two decades, are now betting big on the rental sector by boosting their inventory of home-rental options that can be booked similarly to a hotel, with just a few clicks. The home-rental market is about one-fifth the size of the hotel market based on revenue in the U.S., but it has been growing faster than hotels since 2015, according to data from travel industry-research group Phocuswright. Revenue in the U.S. private accommodation market--which includes vacation rentals, homes or rooms rented out on a short-term basis--grew 11% last year from the year earlier, and is projected to grow 8% this year to more than $34 billion. The U.S. hotel industry grew 5% last year to $151 billion and is projected to do the same this year, according to the data. As the vacation-rental sector has expanded, online intermediaries such as Airbnb, Priceline, Expedia and TripAdvisor have grabbed larger shares of the listings.


Book an online vacation rental? It's up to you to make sure property is safe from gas leaks, fire hazard

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Airbnb says it has verified the best homes and hosts with their luxury option, Airbnb Plus. In this undated photo provided by the Quintana Roo Prosecutors Office, a firefighter examines a gas stove in the rented condo where an Iowa couple and their two children died in Tulum, Mexico. Mexican authorities said on Saturday, March 24, 2018 that autopsies indicate the Iowa couple and their two children died from inhaling toxic gas at the rented condo on Mexico's Caribbean coast, but there was no sign of foul play or suicide. SAN FRANCISCO -- Although online vacation rental companies are stepping up efforts to ensure properties are safe, the sprawling nature of that mushrooming marketplace means the burden still falls on renters to secure peace of mind. That's particularly sobering after an Iowa family of four died last week from gas asphyxiation at the condominium they had rented in Tulum, Mexico.