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By Alessandro Pavoni | Host, Guest & Travel

Marriott CEO Fires a Salvo: 'We Can Deliver a Better Homesharing Product'

Marriott International is still very much in the testing phase of its six-month London homesharing pilot with Tribute Portfolio Homes, but CEO Arne …

Hospitality

Google's Assistant Can Book a Reservation Over the Phone

Trying to schedule a haircut? Or book a restaurant table?<p>Google’s virtual assistant will soon be able to do that for you, a new offering that could …

Tourism

Booking.com CEO Is in Favor of Stricter Regulations on Homesharing

Booking.com Chief Executive Officer Gillian Tans said the wave of regulations on home-sharing will help, not hurt, the fastest-growing segment of the …

Tourism

Top Concierge Shares His Secrets to a Great Vacation in Las Vegas

Jones Tantoco has spent the last 17 years in Las Vegas, now working as a concierge at the Delano. He has some top tips for getting the most out of a …

Las Vegas

Con l’affitto breve si guadagna il 50% in più!

“<i>L’Italia è un Paese di proprietari,</i> <i>oltre il 70% delle famiglie italiane possiede la casa in cui abita. Ma tantissimi sono gli appartamenti che per</i> …

More than 80% of Parisian listings on Airbnb are reportedly breaking local laws

Paris filed a lawsuit against Airbnb and two smaller home rental services on Thursday after they failed to guarantee that renters complied with …

Regulation

Portugal's Tourism Boom Has Caused a Hotel Labor Shortage

For Chitra Stern, Portugal’s economic recovery is bringing an unforeseen twist.<p>When she and her husband opened their first hotel in a small fishing …

Airbnb Is Adding a Loyalty Program to Reward You for Booking

It will reward the platform's "best guests."<p>For many travelers, booking an Airbnb feels as necessary to the trip-planning process as picking a …

Airbnb vs. VRBO: Everything you need to know about both accommodation sites

Every product here is independently selected by Mashable journalists. If you buy something featured, we may earn an affiliate commission which helps …

Why Travel Agents Should Rethink the Sharing Economy in Luxury Hospitality

The sharing economy has always been associated with a flexible, self-service style of travel, from young discount-seekers crashing in spare bedrooms …

Airbnb Follows HomeAway's Lead By Not Requiring Full Payments in Advance

First came split payments for groups. Now it’s flexible payments.<p>Today, Airbnb announced a new and more flexible payments policy called Pay Less Up …

16 European countries where Airbnbs are much better value for money than hotels

You've decided what country you want to go to, but now you're now left with the choice of which type of accommodation to choose. Do you pick a …

Hotels

Looking for an Airbnb in Amsterdam? Hosts are only allowed 30 nights per year

If you’re looking to travel to the Netherlands in the next few years, you may want to act sooner rather than later — that is, if you intend on …

Miami-Dade Airbnb hosts earned over $134M this year

Florida hosts earned a combined $450 million<p>Airbnb is wrapping up quite a strong year in Florida, with hosts in the Sunshine State earning a combined $450 million in supplemental income in 2017, representing a 75 percent increase year over year.<p>The hospitality company says there are now 40,000 …

Airbnb's New China Strategy Includes a Focus on Quality — and Quantity

Airbnb is doing all it can to demonstrate not only its commitment to growing its business in China, but to the Asia-Pacific region overall.<p>Newly …

How Airbnb’s User Experience Can Reshape Corporate Travel Management

In the last few years, Airbnb’s rise of popularity among leisure travelers has been spilling over into business travel. A growing percentage of …

Italia: i centri si spopolano, raddoppiano le case vuote

Per definizione, sono i territori che più dovrebbero raccontare l’identità di un luogo. Invece alcuni centri storici sono, oggi, nuove periferie: …

Airbnb and empty houses: who's responsible for managing the impacts on our cities?

The Airbnb and empty house phenomena and their presumed links to housing and rental prices have attracted considerable media and political attention. …

Paris Is Cracking Down on Airbnb Rentals, Again

The saga continues.<p>Airbnb is a great option for travelers, especially for those looking to stay in ultra-residential neighborhoods and cook homemade meals. However, it's a pain for local governments, particularly in cities that attract the most tourists. In its latest attempt to crack down on …

Deconstructing Airbnb’s Full Value For Corporate Travel Managers

Corporate travel managers are increasingly focused on improving overall business traveler satisfaction, including how to help employees boost …

You Can Actually Rent an Entire Irish Pub on Airbnb

When searching through the thousands of homes available on Airbnb, we tend to look to the amenities. And while a pool, patio, or access to a private …

Airbnb now has more listings worldwide than the top five hotel brands combined

The San Francisco-based startup now offers listings in 191 countries, and its total number of listings is higher than the top five major hotel brands combined.<p>The US remains Airbnb's biggest market with 660,000 listings, followed by France, Italy, Spain, and the UK. Airbnb's number of US listings …

Maps of Airbnb Reviews Reveal How Tourists Understand New Cities

Tourists pick up on all sorts of subliminal cues in just a few days.<p>Like many modern travelers, when data visualizer Beñat Arregi visited Athens for …

Accor Bolsters 'onefinestay' as It Tries to Fight off Airbnb

AccorHotels, Europe’s largest hotels group, is to re-group three of its luxury home-rental divisions under its ‘onefinestay’ brand, stepping up …

Turismo, Italia quinta al mondo. Record della spesa degli stranieri

Il 2016 si è confermato un anno felice per il turismo italiano, vero oro nero per l'economia nazionale, anche se spesso sottovalutato. Come emerge …

Life hacks: 10 cleaning mistakes to avoid right now

Cleaning the house is unlikely to be the best part of your week, but what if we told you that you might be doing it all wrong and making MORE work …

Lifehacks

10 Stunning Private Islands You Can Rent from $307 a Night, Ranked by Price

You don't have to be a millionaire to rent your own island.<p>If you’ve always fancied taking over a secluded private island for a night, you’re not …

So You Wanna Be an Airbnb Host? Part 4: Ongoing Maintenance

After you get a few reviews and bookings, <b>you’ll need to figure out how to keep the gravy train rolling</b>. But, good news – <b>the hard parts are over!</b>If …

Time I

Airbnb says had proposed alternative to forcing Paris hosts to register rentals

PARIS (Reuters) - Short-term rental website Airbnb said on Thursday it had proposed for Paris and other large French cities to create automated limits to ensure its hosts did not rent their property beyond the 120 days a year legal limit for a main residence in France.<p>Airbnb was reacting after a …